Creative Mondays 165 – Nightcrawler Poster

Nightcrawler poster design

“What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

Oh man we’re in the film season right now! Having just caught Whiplash a couple of weeks ago, I recently got to see Jake Gyllenhaal’s latest flick ‘Nightcrawler’. This film is just all around creepy and Gyllenhaal delivers a career best performance as Louis Bloom, a surprisingly confident and driven character who stumbles upon the world of crime journalism.

I wasn’t going to wait around to create something around this interesting character. I tried a different style from my usual going with some pretty sharp reds and instead of a simple black and white silhouette as I’ve done in the past I wanted to add some more detail to the character.

Seriously check this film out, how Gyllenhaal isn’t in the running for best actor this year is beyond me!

Source Code Poster

Saw Duncan Jones’ Source Code a while back and quite enjoyed the film (big fan of his first film Moon). He brings an intelligence to popular science fiction stories without having to go over the top and while there’s plenty of special effects in his films they’re not always dictating what happens next.

I was inspired by the various posters created by others and wanted to attempt a version myself. A lot of the other versions were very detailed so I wanted to create a minimalistic ‘teaser style’ poster for the film that would draw the viewer in but not give any information away. Immediately the visual of the train tracks stuck in my mind with both being parallel to each other and one abruptly ending.

I really enjoyed creating this style of work and it helps clear the clutter in my brain with a simplistic design once in a while!