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'The Shining' Stephen King ATC series #1

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'The Shining' Stephen King ATC series #1
Swap Coordinator:HollyHox (contact)
Swap categories: Movies  Themed  Artist Trading Card (ATC) 
Number of people in swap:10
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:October 20, 2010
Date items must be sent by:November 3, 2010
Number of swap partners:1

"We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones"

It's funny, I think I love the films/made for TV movies of Stephen King more than I enjoy reading his novels, or at least the most recent of his books.

I am not certain you can be a true horror fan without liking at least some of his work, be it the novels and/or films and I think you would have had to be blind to have missed the huge cultural influence he has had and the massive contribution he has made in the genre for many years now.

So, in true Darkness spirit, and to pay tribute to "A master of horror" we will be doing a series of ATC swaps based on the films of Stephen king, the first being 'The Shining'

These will be slightly different, in that I would like us to make our ATC as if we were remaking the promotional poster for the film, using mainly visuals, and without all the written info.

I don't really need to explain ATCs to anyone here but as I said in the forum post you do not have to do exact imagery of the films, you can do representation, quotes, your own interpretation etc. For example, some would be easier than others, like the rats or cujo or silver bullet. But ones like Misery, you could simply choose an element from the film like the snowy lanscape, origami animals, a wheelchair or some other iconic item and then put the title lettering in so it is like a promotional poster.

Although I say 'Without all the written info' you can add wording if you wish (such as quotes) just keep it minimal as the main words must be the film title itself.

The idea is to represent the film and get a feel for the overall tale being told, you can print parts of it and use already existing imagery but the rule of thumb is not to just print out a picture of Jack Torrance wielding an axe and simply plop it on your ATC background and say: 'Ta-da, for this is my super duper ATC' (Ok so I never really talk like that and I haven't said 'super duper' since I was about 6...ahem...)

So how about perhaps taking the imagery of the evil twins, or the maze, or the writing 'redrum' on the wall or the typewriter, maybe take an iconic section of the film and reproduce it in a sketch, painting, collage...

For this series though you must include the title of the film on the front of your ATC somewhere and preferably not written in your own blood @JenHuff ..

Here is the run down of The Shining for ideas, inspiration or just a reminder to those freaky people who know the film inside out and word for word.

I am giving two weeks, but appreciate any feedback reg any part of this so do let me know if you think this is not enough time or too much!


VivaLaDiane 10/11/2010 #

It's okay @JenHuff ..I'll write it in your blood ;]

izohgore 10/11/2010 #

I swear, @HollyHox , your swap write-ups are always superb. I'm looking forward to doing this as a illustration challenge for myself. :) Watching for now, hopefully I will have enough time to commit to the entire series.

HollyHox 10/11/2010 #

Oh wow, thankyou @izohgore I really appreciate that and hope you can do them all, but if not, there will be catch up opportunities at some point =)

Tjrenee 10/11/2010 #

Such an awesome atc idea!!!!!

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