On April 29, 2014, the United Film & Television Artists, Inc. (UFTA) requested help with a movie poster idea. UFTA is asking all members, guests and readers to come up with original ideas for a movie poster for the film "Casting." The current deadline for "submissions" is May 12, as their next meeting will be held that night in Fort Myers, Fla. at Perkins Restaurant.
UFTA President Al Quinn is behind this project. He is happy that their film has come this far. According to Quinn, plans for it have been in the works for years. The process of writing, castings, rehearsals, and such began early 2013. "Casting" was shot February 2014 and is now in post-production. Soon it will be ready to submit to film festivals, but to help represent itself well, a movie poster is needed!
Al, why is a movie poster so important?
"Since a movie poster can be considered one of the windows to a film project, it is of utmost importance that we decide on the right kind. The image is what it's all about. Of course the film itself is important, but many times an audience member is only drawn in to see a film by its 'cover' (poster)."
So far, what ideas have you had for such a poster?
"Originally we thought that we'd use our own UFTA logo, and we still might. It is a director's chair with UFTA and the film's name on it. Now, however, I'm rethinking that idea. After seeing many wonderful posters at a recent film festival I realize the importance of having a great one ourselves. After all, a poster represents our film!"
Do you have a new idea, or ideas, now?
"Yes. Actually a few. That is why the importance of our upcoming meeting. I want our members to have a say in this. After all, the film is about and for them. I'm open to people's ideas, and hope they will come to the meeting with them/ideas. I hope to see sketches, printed out images, photos, etc. to use in creating a poster. We might even combine some of the ideas in developing one perfect poster."
Is there anything these "artists" can use to draw their ideas from in creating such a poster?
"Yes, they can either speak to me or other members, view photos or, for those who were in the film, draw from their personal experiences to help create something on paper."
Okay, so how can members, or even readers, get their ideas to you?
"Thanks, members can be thinking on this and creating something physical. It should preferably be on paper or viewed from a computer. They need to bring the idea or ideas to the next May 12 meeting. Others, and members who cannot attend, can contact me either at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com.
View some of our behind-the-scenes on set photos to get ideas either here or in other articles. I'd like there to be no people in the image, I'm leaning toward a "look" that represents a casting room, as in standing 'on the mark ('x'),' etc. Thanks!"
Thank you Al Quinn for sharing about your recent development with your film. Sounds like it has come a long way. Readers look forward to the results with a poster and future film festival involvement as well.
Obviously one of the important details UFTA wants its members to be aware of is the decision of what movie poster image or idea will be used for their film "Casting." In other words, anyone interested please get out your pencils, crayons, markers, paper, computer… and start creating!