A poster for our short film "Nailed."
Nailed is a highly stylized film. The poster should be too... While it can have modern elements, I typically like film posters that have a vintage element to them, be it in the texture, minimalism, silk screen, limited color pallet, etc.
The film is basically about a couple that broke up years ago and now fate has brought them back together again. There is no dialogue in the film. Here is the basic concept: Roberto has moved into a new apartment and is hanging a painting of his lost love, but he uses a ridiculously long nail to do so. When he hits the nail on the head he hears a loud moan, like a woman enthralled in ecstasy. Since he is alone he assumes it's the painting and goes to town on the nail with the hammer, each time being rewarded with a more pleasurable moan. Eventually we track through the wall and find Sophia, his long lost love, who is working out to an 80's aerobic routine. The moans are actually her doing the routine. But, unbeknownst to her, the nail goes through the wall and impacts in the back on the tv, causing it to short out. When she slaps it to get the signal back, she hears a moan like a man in the throws of ecstasy, so she slaps it some more and is rewarded with more moans. Tracking back through the wall again to find Roberto, who has sent the nail all the way through the wall, straining to pull the nail head out of the wall so he can actually hang the painting. He finally pulls the nail out, but in the process it creates a huge hole in the wall and the hammer falls and rips through the painting. In the end, framed through the rip in the painting, Roberto looks through the hole and finds Sophia, his long lost love.
As you can see in the reference files, I tend to award figurative imagery over literal work. That said, use the reference shots to create viable and iconic imagery, but stay away from cut and paste of actual photographs as that style won't be awarded. I would rather see a drawn version of one of the characters in the reference photos over an actual photo. Give me an abstract, iconic representation and you'll win.