ASSIGNMENT: Poster

Instructions: For this assignment, you’ll construct a poster that functions as a visual essay, using both images and words to make an argument about subjects we’re discussing this term. You should include a short artist’s statement (no more than 250 words) analyzing your own work -- explaining the various issues you’re exploring and how they relate to other texts/films we’re discussing in class. You can complete this assignment on your own or with a group of 2-3. There are several options for how you might approach this assignment:

1. Create a traditional movie poster for the film we are producing as a class, including images, the title, a tag line, the release date (5/31), etc. If you google “movie poster,” you’ll find lots of examples of directions you can go with this. And, if you like fonts, you might find this useful too. This could also be a poster that advertises the specific segment you are working on for the anthology, rather than focusing on the entire film. Since nothing is yet finished, you’ll have to be creative with the title you choose, images you use, etc. (seems like the most popular were NBZ and Broadcast Z). Of course, I don’t expect everyone in class to be an artist, but you should still think very carefully about composition, color, visibility of important text from a distance, etc.

2. Create a zombie infographic. For example, you might create a visual timeline of zombie films, exploring the various issues explored during each era, tracking the progression of themes in zombie narratives throughout history. Or, you might create a poster that visually investigates one of the texts/films we’ve discussed in class, perhaps with flow diagrams that explore zombie infection or some such conceit.

3. Create a poster that thinks very self-consciously about poster design, marketing, propaganda, etc. For example, you might reimagine Nazi-era war propaganda posters with an apocalyptic, zombie-infested spin. This option could certainly be combined with one of the others.

4. All of these options are merely suggestions. The best possible thing you could do is something I couldn’t possibly anticipate. Feel free to go out on a limb. The main requirement here is that you think very self-consciously about design and composition in making a visual argument about an issue that is alive in our class (or dead, as the case may be).

Submitting Your Work: Be prepared to share your work in class in some fashion. Print it out. Display it on an iPad or on your computer screen. We will discuss the posters as a group and work with the marketing team to determine what ideas we can use and how. Submit your artist’s statement by e-mail along with an attachment or link to the digital version of your poster.