Movie Poster Design Fundamentals Explained by Movie Poster Artist James Verdesoto

Movie Poster Artist expert James Verdesoto explains movie poster design fundamentals in these fantastic videos including analysis of dozens of movie posters.

I love the advice Movie Poster Artist James Verdesoto gives in these Vanity Fair videos about movie poster design fundamentals. I get really excited when I’m designing a project that requires movie posters to be designed. My graphic designers know how picky I am about poster design and always bring their A-game despite the time constraints.

If you’ve been reading this site from the beginning you may remember how much I obsess over movie poster design sometimes. When I was in high school I used to collect movie posters, the full size and 8 1/2 x 11 versions of course. My bedroom and locker were plastered with them (as well as the many boy band posters- let’s be real).

Over the years I have definitely noticed how often we see the same shapes, colours, and layering of faces for similar genres and I never quite understood it. Watching these videos made me understand the psychology behind it and really appreciate the techniques and process of the movie poster artist. Movie poster design is much harder and more thought-provoking than it looks.



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I bet you have a new appreciation for yellow. What is your favourite movie poster and why? I’d love to know in the comments below.

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Posted by Rose Lagacé

Rose Lagacé is a production designer for film & television by day and an emerging filmmaker by night. Rose is also the creator and editor of Art Departmental where she celebrates the art and craft of production design.

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