• Title:
    Patch Town
  • Client:
    Craig Goodwill (Dir.)
  • Design:
    Film Poster
  • Date:
    21.09.11
  • Region:
    Canada
Patch Town is an off the wall musical short film black comedy (the patch referring to cabbages). Its all set in and around a surreal Soviet esque era oppression mixed with the mindless, excessive consumerism of the 1980…. Welcome to the strange world of Patch Town.

Craig Goodwill (Director) approached me about the poster design wanting a montage slight StarWars esque inspired design character layout. With the film set around this Soviet esque city, i also took a lot of inspiration from old communist propaganda posters, originally i approached the design with everything set at strong right angles to reflect this even more but the director wanted a more straightforward layout. So i pulled out the communist design style more with a strong red and black colour pallet, background factories, light bursts
and stalks replacing the usual planes, as well as playing around the the title font for that Russian look.
The main character in the design is the evil enforcer of patch town, I felt he had the most pull as an interesting visual and dynamic character. i drew his dark side out with the grasping hand and evil skull Cain. Then bellow him are his special ‘police force’, who i set in a cabbage patch field and surrounded them by the Patch Town graphic coat of arms, mixing all the necessary visual story elements in the design but keeping them within the communist propaganda styling.

I incorporated the other characters of Jon the main protagonist (bottom right), Bethany who’s the biggest star of the picture, so her head had to be quite prominent (bottom left), and molly (top right) who cradling a baby adding more emotion to the piece giving us a sense of repression and fear.