• Title:
    A Cadaver Christmas
  • Client:
    Level 33 distribution
  • Design:
    DVD / BluRay Cover
  • Date:
    08.07.12
  • Region:
    USA
DVD cover artwork for black comedy, grindhouse, zombie, horror, christmas flick called ‘A Cadaver Christmas’

i designed the cover like a weathered old video cover with a rough aged look to match the grainy grindhouse film style on the movie. For the design itself i wanted to give it a more humorous twist, i instantly connected the title with the image of the classic mortuary toe tag image and worked that in to frame the logo, this then also enabled me to tell the story of the film from top to bottom… so the Cadaver feet and the blanket blend into the snow which leads to the college where the janitor works and the zombies (cadavers) story plays out.

There are 6/7 characters in the film but visually trying to squeeze everyone in would have been an explosion of chaos, so we went with the 3 main protagonists, just because its in the film doesn’t mean it has to be on the cover/poster to sell it. When doing montage designs (which i often get hired to do) i try and put elements in which will tell a story and give visual hooks in the most compact way possible (but not minimal buy a long shot!),

This is a perfect example of what i mean though as the 3 characters we went with had the most visual connection and are instantly recognizable, so the main character he Janitor with BLOODY mop, slightly manic twitchy eyed cop and
festive alcoholic (he does drink from a hip flask but again the hip flask wasn’t instantly recognisable so i gave him the more obvious Whiskey bottle (which he’s spilling in FEAR).

The other characters (while not to detract from them) didn’t really add anything necessary to the visual. Level 33 distribution where great to work with, very enthusiastic, even pushing out there budget on this one and credit to them as they where not overly protective and open to any suggestions and agreed and we logic of streamlining the characters, for impact. So 4 star clients!

i don’t think you actually see the College building where the films set,but i wanted to depict a generic university building
as i felt it would be an integral part of the design which links all the elements together. Its great when you have a destination (building or setting for a designs as it really helps anchor the elements.

For the festive touches we did look at several approaches, i didn’t want to make it too cheesy or tacky so i sort of went for a festive twist on the old VHS frame style.

On a technical side iv’e been experimenting more with airbrushing effect (as i mentioned on my new logo) for the background glows and washes so here with the snow it really worked out well i felt it softens up the edges.