Since my first viewing of it, I have made it very clear that the “Father’s Day” segment from the recent horror anthology film Holidays was one of my absolute favorite things I saw last year. Expertly crafted by writer/director Anthony Scott Burns (who also scored the film himself) Father’s Day stars TrueHorror.net favorite Jocelin Donahue as a woman who receives a mysterious package that leads her to go on a haunting trip down memory lane. As many of you know I love creating poster designs for fillms that I am a big fan of, but I’ve recently been in a bad rut creatively due to a bunch of personal stuff I have been going through that has sapped my motivation. In an effort to keep my mind off things though I decided to try and tackle something I knew I would be inspired by and began to play around with some concepts for Father’s Day posters designs.
For me when it comes to poster designing, there are a few ways I usually approach it. Since I am not an illustrator I generally like to photograph my own imagery or elements that I think best represent the film while fitting my overall ideas for the poster such as I did with my design’s for House of the Devil and Found Footage 3D . Once the elements are finished I piece it together from there. Unfortunately not every film lends itself to this method and I have to make due with what is available and utilize key art and production stills as a starting point such as I did for The Blackcoat’s Daughter . While that isn’t always ideal, it can still be fun and yield results that I am happy with. In the case of Father’s Day, I was lucky enough to have a great resource in that of the film’s superb directors of photography The Joelson’s website. Their site featured a plethora of beautiful stills from the film and as I went through them all, I selected the ones I thought I could best use to not only represent the film’s story but also turn into striking poster images. I selected eight images and narrowed it down to the following three. It then came down to cropping and text selection and placement. I am really pleased with the final results so lets take a look at each one shall we.
CAR: The first image may be my personal favorite because I feel it kind of represents the film best. The original image it is taken from is wonderful and I like that it shows Carol beginning her journey. I also was excited to use that image and play with the cropping and composition of it. I feel it has the right amount of mystery to intrigue someone who is unfamiliar with it.
CAROL: The second image is a close up of Jocelin’s character Carol. I felt it important to use at least one of these closeup images of her for a variety of reasons, some obvious some not. For starters Jocelin always looks amazing and here is no exception, but beyond that she as Carol is also our main character and in the other two posters you can’t really see HER so I thought she deserved it as much as it was necessary. The lighting in the scene is great as well and it was just an image that kind of screamed POSTER to me. I also love that we get a glimpse of those old school headphones that play such a prominent role in the film. The least obvious reason I selected this image is because I really liked the idea of the placement of the text I settled on as well. This image as a whole should hopefully make you wonder who is this person and what is going on in her head at this moment and most importantly, make you want to find out.
DOORWAY: The Most ominous of the posters is the final one, of the friends I polled when working on these, this seemed to be the one they gravitated towards most. Since Father’s Day is classified as horror, this one most certainly plays up that angle the most, even if it’s just the suggestion of something horrible waiting inside that doorway just out of sight. I also liked the composition possibilities that came with the dark border of the interior and the light doorway. In the film this scene is much closer to nightfall and the image was much more blue and dark, I did play with the brightness and contrast a bit in order to make it pop a bit more and let us get a tad more color and detail in there.
In the end while I know some will think these images are too simple or required too little effort to create, I am very happy with how they turned out. I also feel though the simple nature of these 3 images of Carol in the 3 stages of her journey represent the overall vibe of the film. Something too cluttered or overtly elaborate would in my opinion betray what makes the film work so well. I hope you all enjoy these new designs. Working on them provided me with a few hours of much needed solace so I have to thank Anthony, Jocelin and The Joelsons for creating something that inspired me and helped me escape my realities for a bit. My hope is if any of you horror fans reading this haven’t as of yet seen the film, these posters compel you to do so. It really is a work of art.