Alternative Movie Poster – Inspiration

While researching alternative movie poster designs, I noticed that I prefer minimalist, clear layouts with a limited colour palette. Interesting is, some of the poster designs above show elements or details of the movie that only make sense if the viewer has already seen the movie, e.g. No145 My THE HANGOVER PART 1 minimal movie poster or No1106 My Yesterday minimal movie poster by Chungkong Art.

Movie selection:

Murder on the Orient Express (2017 film) - Wikipedia

I recently watched the 2017 remake of Murder on the Orient Express (after a 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie). The movie and the connection to a train might lend themselves to an interesting graphic.

On pinterest, I searched for inspirations regarding train graphics.
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At this stage I am drawn to a minimalist and modernist design, reflecting the period when the book was written.

I also looked at various book cover designs of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and came across the English illustrator Andrew Davidson and his version of a book cover.

Andrew Davidson,Murder on the Orient Express (Harper Collins), n.D.

This design uses only a very limited colour pallet. The train is shown from an unusual and interesting vantage point. The yellow lights capture the eye and lead the viewer to the back of the train.

Before starting on some sketches, I went through some stills of the movie for more inspiration.

Repeating elements seem to be :

  • the leading lines of the train and train tracks
  • the pattern created by the windows,
  • the almost monochromatic look created by the black train against the white snow
  • contrast of the warm yellow tone of the lights and the cool blue/purple colourgrading of the outside.

The bridge on which the train comes to a standstill (image on the right) has an interesting structure/pattern that could also be explored, similar to the poster below.

Daisuke Hatakeyama, Get Back, Tohoku., 5 [2017 campaign],2017
“JR East (East Japan Railways): “Get Back, Tohoku., 5 [2017 Campaign]” Print Ad by Dentsu Inc. Tokyo – AdsSpot Advertising Archive.” Last modified February 6, 2017.


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