My Take on an Old DVD Cover

I used to create custom DVD covers for all of my wedding clients. This gave me the chance to take the work I was doing and push it closer to the art of filmmaking.

Recently I designed one for Ellen and Brendon’s wedding.  They got married on a snowy day in December (DC’s biggest snowfall in years! …until Snowmageddon in February, that is).  Unlike any other DVD cover I had done thus far, they specifically requested that the design resemble the cover of Field of Dreams.  Before I saw it, I thought, “This will be a piece of cake.  The hardest part of a design is figuring out how to arrange everything, and in this case I’m just mimicking another layout…”  Then I Googled “Field of Dreams dvd cover” and became less than excited.

Field Of Dreams | DVD Covers

For starters, it’s one of the tackiest movie designs I’ve seen in a while.  To complicate things there are three variations of it.  Basically, I had to take the essence of this and force it into my style.  To make things even more difficult, I failed to do my research beforehand so I had no pictures of either the bride or groom posing like Kevin Costner here.

In the end, the three variations actually helped.  Finding the consistencies between them allowed me to boil the design down to the most basic elements: person in the middle, text overhead, big circle, and implied triangle.  Here’s what I came up with. What’s the verdict? Does it look Field of Dreams-ish?  (Note, back cover was an open design.)

Ellen & Brendon (front cover Ellen & Brendon (back cover)

P.S. I’d be happy to talk in detail about the ins and outs of making a DVD cover. Pipe up in the comments if you want to see more detailed posts like that ’round here.

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3 thoughts on “My Take on an Old DVD Cover

  1. Like I said, my first thought when I saw it was “That looks like Field of Dreams,” so you definitely succeeded in the task!

    I saw on Flickr you were debating the placement of the split picture/bokeh doo-dad on the back. I could see how it might possibly look better on top, but I guess I’d have to see it to know for sure.

    I will say, I think having a focused title treatment on this one really sets it apart from your other DVD covers. Feels more cinematic to me.

  2. It’s a great interpretation. Captures all the essential elements of the FoD cover and puts them together in an design that’s interesting and appealing even without the context. I give it a thumbs up.

  3. Jeremy, I couldn’t agree more about the title treatment! I thought the same thing while working on it. It really classes it up.

    Dennis, I never considered it “without the context” as you mentioned, but that’s a good point. Thanks for the feedback!

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