Movie Poster Composition Techniques

December 28, 2010 · 2 comments

in Tips & Tricks

Have you ever been amazed by the superb look of a Hollywood’s movie posters ? How do they achieve that ? Well, first of all you have to be creative or skilled in Photoshop. Be creative and your stuff will always look interesting even if it’s super simple, unlike effects, however they are attractive aswell. But to make kickass posters you have to know how to build them, and the interesting thing is that you will find similarities in most of the cases.

Knowledge of building.

Usually it’s composition, structure of an image. The way of composing things together in order to look good, harmonious. There are a lot of rules, guidelines and combinations how to do things better or to improve already existing ones. And as I mentioned – there are similarities.

Let’s see the examples.


The closer to face you are the more personal attidude will be. It’s not the most popular to put face or this kind of close up on the whole image because it doesn’t say much about the movie. For this reasn one movie has various posters. However, to  put a half of the face sometimes is a great solution.

Two person close-up : romantic

Here we are also very close to the faces. That’s why they play on us more emotionally. If you need sensitive, delicate, passionable, playful poster between two persons, you may prefer to see example above.

Two person close-up : different genres

Showing two persons in close -up aso means tht they wil be main characters in the movie, and also we see the character of the person. As in the last picture we see Hugh Grant smiling, funny and Sandra Bullock somekinda surprised and confused, we understand that these persons are in contrast to each other and the movie will show us already in motion.

One person : long shot

Two persons : medium long shot

Two persons : long shot

Three persons

One person with describing background

Group without describing background

Group with describing background

These posters are for you to analize and make your own conclusions about picture and it’s composition. I like to surprise myself by looking at posters and wondering how specific tasks are being solved. This experience may be useful in creating my own photographs and posters. Hope this helps you also!

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