Thursday, February 26, 2015

Purpose Statement:

Purpose:  It is said that all romantic comedies tend to follow similar story lines, and that can be true in many cases. But, every movie differs in some way or another. These film posters will help to show how, although they are all the same genre, each movie has its own unique spin on a journey to find love. These unique aspects are what cause the audience to go see the movie. Therefore, the uniqueness must be clearly present in the movie poster. I will analyze the posters in order to bring to my audience’s attention the individuality of each one.

Audience: My audience will consist of my classmates. Some of my peers may have seen these movies or have at least heard of them. Romantic Comedies are typically more popular with a female audience, but I believe that the boys in the class will find that they know some of the actors and actresses in the films. Hopefully, this will cause them to be more interested.

Context: This project will be presented in a classroom setting. The context will include the findings of each individual movie poster. I hope that the class will find that each movie has its own unique qualities.

Design Plan:


§  Ethos- I have seen all of these movies several times and have plenty of knowledge on what the creator of the movie posters was trying to present to movie goers. As a movie goer, once I see a movie it allows me to understand the meaning of the poster better.

§  Pathos- The facts that every single movie poster has a couple on it presents the obvious emotional aspect of love. I will analyze the interaction of each couple.

§  Logos- I will logically go through each aspect of the movie posters to draw as many conclusions as possible in order to back up my purpose (finding the individuality) in evaluating them.

Medium/Media: The reason for writing this paper is because it was assigned to me in this class. I choose the movie posters of five romantic comedies. The movies go as follow:

  • While You Were Sleeping (1995)
  • The Wedding Planner (2001)
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
  • The Wedding Date (2005)
  • A Lot like Love (2005)


·         I will discuss the placement, font, and size of the title on each movie poster and how it either helps of hurts the overall presentation.

·         I will discuss the placement and interaction of the couples in each poster and how they help or hurt the overall presentation.

·         I will also look at how the coloring, angling, and background images play a part in the posters.

·         I will discuss the statement (catch phrase) on each of the movie posters and discuss whether or not they are captivating.

I will, for each movie, begin by discussing the title, coloring, pictures, and the more obvious aspects. Then, I will begin to dig deeper, to find the reason for the maker’s creative choices. By going from obvious to more intricate realizations, I will hopefully engage my readers to keep reading. I will also discuss if the creators decisions were effective in attracting an audience or not. The visual helps deepen the understanding of the text

            I think both the text and the visual are important in evaluating the movie posters. The visual is the most important aspect because it takes up most of the poster and helps to draw in the viewer’s attention, so that they read the poster. They do complement each other because the text help to further explain what is happening in the visual or the visual helps to illustrate the text. The visual helps to deepen the understanding because it allows you put an image in your head of what to expect. In these movie posters, if the visual was to be missing, the text would seem empty and unimportant.


            I will produce the communication through finding the best way to connect to my audience. This topic attracts more of a female audience, as I have stated before. But, I will focus on certain aspects of the poster’s to create an interesting essay for both male and female audience members. I will start by focusing on the interaction between the couples and how it effects the audiences want or desire to see the movie.

            In order to test my projects effectiveness of communication I will present my finished product to my peers, male and female, to get their genuine critiques. I will then take those critiques to improve my project as a whole.




Thursday, February 19, 2015

After looking at the movie poster for the last Harry Potter film it is obvious that the movie had to of came out in recent years due to the intricate details on the faces of the characters. The genre is action because the worlds "It all ends 7.15" help to create the sense that the movie will come to a dramatic and exciting ending. I think the designers choose the colors, black and blue, to give a dark, ominous vibe. The red on the bottom and the swirls of white around the wand helps to give of a magical feel. The use of white around the wand also emphasizes the centering of the wand and eludes that it may be an important part of the movie. I think that the fact that the poster is a close up shot helps to create the obvious understanding that their is a battle between good and evil in the movie. I also think that saying, "It all ends 7,15" is a great way to help people know that this is the last movie as well as helping them remember the release date. Overall, I think the movie poster does a great job at making the viewer want to see the movie.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Purpose Statement

My motivation for doing this particular photo essay is to appreciate the world around me and to inspire my audience to do the same. My pictures of a winter day in late January are what I came across as I walked near my house and around my neighborhood. So many people don’t appreciate the beauty of nature and what it creates around us every day. Winter is especially taken for granted because people focus so much of their attention on the bitter cold that comes with the season. But, if we can appreciate the true and real beauty of a tree covered in a new layer of clean white snow than we can start to enjoy this season.

My audience will consist of young, technology-focused young adults (18-22) who would rather spend their time inside than taking a walk in the freezing cold.  Some more characteristics being a mix of males and females who are in the middle of their college education and excited to learn more. At the time my photo essay is communicated, my audience will most likely be feeling the strain winter leaves on our bodies, our moods, and our days. My hope is to help them see the beauty around them every day and for them to leave my presentation feeling rejuvenated and appreciative of the nature that surrounds them.

My context will include a time and place. The time will be during the day so people will be able to leave and see everything I talked about in the light of day. It will take place at a time where my audience will be open to new thought and growth. My ideas will be expressed in a setting where people are open to comment and speak up about how they perceive it. A small group setting would be ideal so that everyone could express their thoughts. Some of the pictures I will include will be of a much larger area and will help to create a feeling of having more space. The time and place will work together to create a comfortable setting where people feel safe to speak up. I hope that the audience will perceive the context of where we are, when we communicate, and the material I will cover in an open-hearted and open-minded fashion.


Design Plan

Purpose: My purpose for this photo essay is to open people up to all that is around them on a daily basis. My audience will consist of young adults still in search for the best way to live their lives. People are focused on what they want and what they don’t have. I want to show, through this presentation, that although wanting can be a good thing, we have to first begin to appreciate all that we have. I am obviously guilty of taking the things in my life for granted and I hope this makes me a more relatable source for presenting this information. I believe that being able to appreciate what you have is essential in the journey of achieving what you want.


·         Ethos- I want to come across as a peer to my audiece, seeing as that is exactly what I am. My audience will consist of my classmates, intelligent and capable young people. I don’t want to come across as if I am telling the audience they are doing something wrong, because we are all guilty of taking things for granted. I want to just share the things in our lives that are readily available to us and show the beauty in opportunity.

·         Pathos- I intend to create a sense of motivation within my audience. I want them to leave the classroom feeling encouraged to see the beauty in the world around them. I also want them to feel as if everything they see and experience on a daily basis is more special than they have ever been.

·         Logos- I will structure this presentation from least to most compelling pictures. (Hopefully they will all be compelling). I want to end with the most relatable to the audience so as to leave them thinking about the overall message and purpose of the photo essay.

Medium: I will be using pictures, as well as narrative writing for this assignment. I am hoping the picture will be able to tell the story, and the words of the essay will effortlessly match up with what the pictures say.

Arrangement: I will arrange the in order of least to most captivating as stated before. But, I want to start and end with my most interesting pictures. Going about the set up in a “2,3,4,5,1” arrangement. I want to engage the audience right from the start and keep their attention with logical coherence and interesting thought, then end with the best example of the point I am trying to make. For the narrative essay, I will follow the usual essay structure of introduction, body, and conclusion. I will write the body first, then proceed to write the introduction claim and conclusion based on what the body paragraphs entails. I will also use different fonts to create a sense of difference in the photos, seeing as half of them will represent want and the other half will represent what we have.

Testing: In order to test my project and have a better understanding of how my audience will respond, I will show my model the pictures, just like Ajay did, to see if they have a grasp on what the message in saying. For the narrative essay, I will read it aloud to myself and to other people several times in order to catch grammatical mistakes and consistency issues.


My Photo Essay

My Photo Essay

My Reflection

My Reflection

After rereading my purpose statement and design plan, I believe that my photo essay does a good job of supporting the claim I made, which is that it’s important to learn to appreciate what we have before we focus on what we want. I think I chose good examples that relate to my audience and my peers. I think my narrative captures the essence of the point I wanted to make. I also think that my chooses of fonts and font size help to emphasize the important aspects of the photo essay, such as the words, “appreciate” and “want” being larger than the rest of the title in the beginning of the power point. That being said, I feel as if I could have presented the pictures in a way that was easier to understand. My intention was to have five pictures representing want and five pictures representing what people have. I think the captions help to decipher this, but I think the pictures should have been a little easier to understand. In conclusion, I think that I have some strong points to my overall project, but there are some aspects that I could improve upon. This assignment helped to open my mind in a more creative way then I was used to.