The Eyes Have It

August 16, 2005posterwirePosters, Teasers2
Underworld Evolution movie poster

Underworld Evolution movie poster.

Focusing on the Look

If “eyes are the window into the soul” then two recent and similar one-sheets are out there doing some soul searching. Or at least striving for a visually interesting image of the film’s star… with a close crop of a face making eye contact… and tinting of the eye color. (Now we are just rambling… Must be lost in their eyes.)

“Eye” cliches aside, this type of close-up key art often centers around female actors, in this case Kate Beckinsale in the Underworld: Evolution movie poster and Ziyi Zhang in the Memoirs of a Geisha movie poster.

Memoirs of a Geisha movie poster

Memoirs of a Geisha movie poster

In both cases their eye color is altered to make them pop. (Since Beckinsale plays a vampire in Underworld: Evolution, the look may reflect the way she appears in the film. But I don’t think Ziyi Zhang was wearing glowing tinted contacts as a 1930s era Japanese prostitute in Memoirs of a Geisha.) While it’s common for a bit of eye tinting for effect in one-sheets, it does risk looking distracting, even a bit unnatural, like color contact lenses.

Since eyes are literally the focus of many poster images, they are also a favorite visual device for horror films, such as the movie poster for the recent film The Skeleton Key or even a B-movie like Roger Corman’s Frankenstein.

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  1. Jose NietoSeptember 5, 2005 at 10:05 AMReply

    I believe that the character in Memoirs of a Geisha doe have blue/gray eyes — it’s one of the things labels her as “special” in the novel. Also, a geisha is not the same thing as a prostitute (though some geishas were also prostitutes).

    • Creative DesignApril 9, 2015 at 6:04 AM

      Nice Post !!!!

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