DAT 403 – Movie poster tropes – What are they?

“A literary trope is the use of figurative language – via word, phrase, or even an image – for artistic effect such as using a figure of speech. The word trope has also come to be used for describing commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices, motifs or clichés in creative works.”

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trope_%28literature%29)

The DAT403 Photomontage assignment states: “It should work as an original movie poster, including their traditional tropes…”

But what are traditional movie poster tropes?

  • Credit block
Credit block image from 'Sightseers'
Credit block image from ‘Sightseers’
  • Press/media reviews and star ratings
Industry review star rating from 'Legend' movie poster
Industry review star rating from ‘Legend’ movie poster
  • Industry awards (Cannes, etc.)
Industry awards image from 'This is England' poster
Industry awards image from ‘This is England’ poster
  • Pull-out quotes
Pull quote image from 'Sightseers'
Pull quote image from ‘Sightseers’
  • Main cast names/images
Cast image from 'Looper' movie poster
Cast image from ‘Looper’ movie poster
  • Tag line
Tag line image from 'Sightseers'
Tag line image from ‘Sightseers’
  • Reference to previous works e.g. “from the director of …”
From the director image from '127 Hours'
From the director image from ‘127 Hours’
  • Often simple but striking colour scheme with just one or two main colours
'Little Miss Sunshine' poster image
‘Little Miss Sunshine’ poster image

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