My goal for creating this poster was to effectively represent the idea of the television show that I had in my head. My goal, of course, would be to attract viewers to the hypothetical TV show, Eidolon.
The target audience would be teens and young adults. Eidolon would seek to attract viewers of similar supernatural programs such as “The Vampire Diaries,” “True Blood,” “The Walking Dead,” “American Horror Story,” “Supernatural,” and other forms of media that incorporate a supernatural aspect to characters in every-day-life. Though a couple of the above listed programs are broadcasted on networks such as FX, AMC, and HBO, all cable networks that have the abilitiy to be more gruesome visually, verbally, and in it’s subject matter, Eidolon would air on a network that is similar to The CW (many teens watch this network) and would have the same appeal as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
I used Photoshop CS5 to edit my image. I wanted to create a poster with a white background so the person stood out. I liked the idea of having half of Anais’ face be beautiful, and half be demonic. This is a way to tell people, without using words, that this is a supernatural show and that the character Anais plays is not who she seems to be. I had Anais pose this way to confuse people because on one hand, she could be the antagonist of the show because she is evil looking, but on the other hand, her facial expression is somewhat vulnerable. The photo is supposed to make people want to know Anais’ character’s story. I titled the show, Eidolon, because I wanted to call the show a word that’s not used commonly, but has meaning related to the story, but more specifically, the poster. The word “eidolon” means “a phantom; an apparition; an image of an ideal.” Anais may be dead. But it might be that she appears a certain way to people (beautiful, seductive, enchanting) but is truly another way (ugly, evil, demonic, sinister.) The effect on her face is my use of Contrast from the C.R.A.P principles of design. Beauty and ugly contrast each other, causing the viewer to look from one side of her face to the other, and back again.
The White Background:
I faced a few challenges. There were some online tutorials for effects that I tried to do that did not work out. Many tutorials involved me using the feature ‘variations’ which was nowhere to be found on CS5. I believe it may have been on an older version of Photoshop. I tried to improvise but the improvisation, though it looked similar as to what the ‘variations’ would have done, further steps failed because it was not done with the ‘variations’ tool. Also, I would follow other tutorials step by step and sometimes it just would not work out the same on my photo. I believe this may be because in the online tutorials, the person is working on a raw image where as I was trying to add things onto my already photoshopped image. Unfortunately, I was unable to figure out how to make the line between good and evil on Anais’ face not so blunt. I don’t like the hard vertical line but was unable to figure out a way to blend it.
I learned how to get past the “Could not use the type tool because the target channel is hidden” prompt after many screams at my computer. I learned how to ‘feather’, about ‘gaussian blur’, erasing part of a mask does not erase the background layer (so happy about that). The final poster did not meet my original goal, but I adapted my idea to match how it ended up turning out, which I now like more.