So we were tasked to create a movie poster that represents our life story.
Title: 回到最初 , Back in Time
Film Genre: Family / Documentary
Conceptual Idea: Yin and Yang. I played around with the colors and choice of clothing to further emphasize that I am an awkward present in the beautiful façade of the past.
Director’s story (ahem, me): I chose to use this playground as my background, as playgrounds like these are a rare find in Singapore. Traditional playgrounds like these, which are mainly made out of concrete are my favorite kind. I like how the concrete and tiles feels warm at night, and cool to the skin on warm and sunny days. Though colours are less vibrant, and more pastel than the typical plastic ones we see now; I prefer the traditional concrete ones because it feels more organic and sturdy, as though it is one with the concrete floors.
I spent a whole lot of my time playing in playgrounds like these while waiting for my parents to end work, and after dinner. And I made many temporary playground mates while playing typical playground games like hide-and-seek ( hence the pose).
Reason for it being a Mandarin poster because my family is mainly Teochew dialect and Mandarin speaking, hence the strong inclination to do a Mandarin poster.
Behind the scenes: Implied lines from the playground brings the viewer’s attention to the center of the playground, and then moving their eyes downwards to the 2 circles. I tried to go as far behind and crouched low. I tried to make myself look as small as I can, like a child playing a game of hide-and-seek.
Choice of color and tone: I picked earthy colors such as brown and green for the fonts to simulate the groundedness of the concrete playground. And edited the photo to give a yellow sepia tone to give off the feeling of nostalgia and reminiscence of my past.
In addition, my choice of clothes does not match the time period of the playground. I wore darker clothing so that the vibrant colors of the playground could stand out more.
Though I am the central figure of the movie poster, I wanted to create a contrast between me and the playground so that the viewers would look at the playground first, so as to imply that the traditional architecture is actually the key elements in this movie.