Macbeth Episode IV: A New Hope (1606)

Hello! This assignment is called “Create A Silly Movie Poster” by Richard Barnes. It is worth 3.5 stars and has the following description: “Take an existing movie poster and make it look silly. My final project involved an Ewok who wanted to be in a movie with Arnold Schwarzengger. This is his idea of a poster.”

Therefore, I decided to work on something I started in my junior year of high school: what I affectionately call Macbeth Episode IV: A New Hope (1606). It has been a long time since I have read Macbeth or watched Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), but they seem to share vague similarities. I decided to take most of my images from Justin Kurzel’s film adaptation of Macbeth (2015). As the protagonist with a grand destiny, Macbeth is Luke Skywalker, of course. Lady Macbeth is Leia as his lover (nothing else). The Three Witches are odd and I almost could consider them comic relief, much like R2-D2, C-3PO, and Chewbacca. Banquo, the friend, is Han Solo. King Duncan, who was killed by Macbeth, is the ghost of Moff Tarkin – they are both killed by their respective protagonists.

Of course, this was done with my favored image editor Pixlr Editor (I sure hope this doesn’t end with Flash!) It was difficult to size the proportions of the characters’ heads, for some either had hair that needed to be covered up or their heads were in angles that I could not match a picture to. To replicate the colorfulness of the original poster, the saturation had to be tinkered with quite a lot. Shadows had to be added in large quantities to mask lighting differences and match skin tones. As for the logo, I used the Star Wars font generator on Fontmeme. A paintbrush tool with a slight smear was used in various sizes to speckle the logo with stars. I am not quite sure why I used a more vignette-type of filter on the border of the image, as that is one of the things I did back in high school, but I enjoy how it looks instead of being blindingly white.

One thing I would consider doing if I decide to keep editing this is to reduce the saturation and eliminate the vignette to reach a more ‘vintage’ image. To unify these elements into a favored aesthetic would help reduce evidence of my status as an amateur. This activity fit into the 80s theme, for while Star Wars was first released in 1977, its sequels and the popularity of its characters flourished in the 80s. Overall, this assignment grew my experience as an editor and to just have fun. This image isn’t supposed to be taken seriously, although I am proud to reflect on what I did in the past (2017) and see how far I’ve come today. It is worth 3.5 stars and then some!

Look at this “Photoblitz”

Hello, and welcome to my Photoblitz, started at 4:20-21 PM! The images are Imgur-embedded and contain their information in captions –

  • Get close! Photograph an ordinary object from as close as you can manage.
  • Texture adds a dimensional quality to photos, and changes with scale.
  • “Music is what feelings sound like.” Make a photo of something musical.
  • Someone else’s artwork in an interesting way to make it yours.
  • Glasses help many folks bring the world into focus each day.
  • Make a photo of a scene looking out a window.
  • The theme is red. Red hot? Red paint? Or something else? You decide.

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I actually got relatively far pretty past, though I found myself stuck on a few: especially the music one. As you can read from the posts below, I had to switch some around. I also had to resist running to the set of UMW’s current musical Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon, which will premiere this Thursday!

“Get close! Photograph an ordinary object from as close as you can manage.” Here is an image of a cobweb in the window. The sun just started to peek out of the clouds, and I managed to line it up right in the center. The other lines of the cobweb are probably what makes this my favorite image.
“Texture adds a dimensional quality to photos, and changes with scale.” This is actually a the seat of a chair. I tried to do it closer, but it blurred quite a lot and couldn’t focus. This distance is better, showing off the unique matrices and the crumbs, which look much larger with their own shadows. If one looks closely, they can see where the cushion curves.
“‘Music is what feelings sound like.’ Make a photo of something musical.” Beyoncé is god – there is a lot of musical fierceness to that statement. On such an elementary medium, its simplicity strikes pointedly. I’ll admit that this category is the hardest to find, and that this picture was originally for the “texture” category.
“Someone else’s artwork in an interesting way to make it yours.” Of course, ‘art’ includes writing such as scripts for plays. The highlight on Jared’s line in Body Awareness by Annie Baker next to a cup of soup was just too fitting. For the record, I don’t expect Panera soup to be gross!
“Glasses help many folks bring the world into focus each day.” Quite literal, but they certainly provide a certain amount of clarity and focus. Every pair is different: smudges and all. Mine have been a bit dusty all day from working in the scene shop. Observe how the lenses distort the view.
“Make a photo of a scene looking out a window.” This has the same view as some of my other pictures, except from a different part of the window. I enjoy the little arch and its reflection. I wish I could’ve leaned over the table to make it a bit more symmetrical, but it works!
“The theme is red. Red hot? Red paint? Or something else? You decide.” Big red button! These are instructions on how to use the air hockey table. I liked how glossy the button is, as well as the red carpet reflecting on the side of the table. Also, I encourage you to try to read the steps! Especially #4.
I finished with a few minutes to spare! The music and texture ones had me in a bit of a panic, though it all worked out in the end.
And here is the physical timestamp.

That was my Photoblitz! Overall, it was simple and not too stress-inducing despite the time limit. This activity lets you see what is around you, and I got to discover what lengths I would go to for a photograph. It is interesting to see what others view around them and to gain a new awareness for familiar spaces. I would certainly consider doing this activity again!