Why is it the best movie posters aren’t for the giant Hollywood blockbusters and are instead for small, indie documentaries no one will ever see? Music From the Big House is an upcoming documentary about the true birthplace of blues: Angola Prison.
Plot outline: From acclaimed director Bruce McDonald, and Oscar nominated producer team, comes a rare and exclusive musical journey. Rita Chiarelli, an award-winning recording artist, has decided to take a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues—Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison. She never imagined that her love of the blues would lead her to play with inmates serving life sentences for murder, rape and armed robbery.
In what was once the bloodiest prison in America, inmates relatives will be invited to listen alongside other prisoners, to hear remarkable voices singing stories of hope and redemption. Let yourself to be swept away by one of Blues’ most soulful pilgrim daughters who is finding out if music really is an escape.
It certainly sounds like a pretty solid documentary, and one that I will try to find when it comes out this fall. But what I’m talking about here are the two movie posters that have been created for the documentary. A movie poster’s job is to succinctly sum up a movie’s premise and make is seem as interesting as possible to sell tickets. This poster does exactly that.
How clever is the above design? Can you imagine something unique and brilliantly designed for Iron Man 2? Zero chance. Is it any more expensive to come up with a creative design like they’ve done for Music From the Big House? I can’t imagine so. In fact, I’m sure the filmmakers had a significantly smaller budget than a tentpole picture like Iron Man 2.
So please, big studio productions – commission better posters! If a small documentary can cleverly sell their film, so can you! If you’d like to see the first really clever poster for Music From the Big House, visit our other post.