Ready to start your submission for our Morbius film brief, but stuck on the finer details? Never fear, we’re here to help break down the brief for you and get you inspired. 

Our latest brief to support the upcoming release of Morbius is super exciting. Not only does it give you a chance to be rewarded $2,000 for your work, but it could also mean having your designs featured across the movie’s marketing campaign. But unfortunately, sometimes with big opportunities, comes a big creative block - we’ve all been there! Don’t stress, we’re here to help and get the brief details broken down so you can get started. 

So, firstly, what is the brief asking you to do? Well, in short, they’re on the hunt for one-of-a-kind digitally illustrated poster artwork inspired by the latest trailer for Morbius

But one of the key points from the brief is that the film team wants the “creative static artwork to showcase the conflict within Dr. Michael Morbius, as played by Oscar winner Jared Leto, along with his recently-found dark, transformative, powers.”

Firstly, let’s talk about what this actually means. Conflict, in this context refers to an inner conflict, defined aspsychological struggle within the mind of a literary or dramatic character, the resolution of which creates the plot's suspense”. This is something we can surely all relate to - do I go out or stay in, to break up or not to break up, McDonald’s or salad for dinner?! In this case, the internal conflict is slightly more sinister, but you get the gist! The question is, how do you represent this through your artwork? 

Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Colors

Colors are regularly used to express emotion, so can be an extremely powerful tool in representing conflict. Using contrasting shades can be a really simple and effective way to show internal turmoil as opposing colors can show a clashing of feelings and emotions which creates symbolism in your artwork. 

A very simple example of this would be to think of opposing sides being represented by colors at different ends of a spectrum or clashing colors. Using contrasting colors like this would show two opposing sides of reason, creating an association for the viewer without the need for explanation. 

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Credit: Michael Krouna


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Credit: 
Perth Adrian Uy

 
 
 
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Shapes

Like the use of color, a clashing of shapes and lines can demonstrate a conflict of emotions. For example, using circular shapes alongside sharp triangles or squares can help to show opposing ideologies. In the below example from our Last Night In Soho brief, harsh and cutting shard shapes have been used to demonstrate a sinister and dark storyline. In the Mobius brief, sharp shapes like these could be combined with a second more soft aesthetic to show the duality within the protagonist. 

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Image credit: Edwin Vega


Space and Optical Illusions 

Sometimes in artwork, less is more. Making use of negative space in your designs can be a really clever and efficient way to show a conflict. This use of negative space here works really well to represent both sides of the character and their clash with one another. 

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Optical illusion can also be a really fun and clever way to show two different characters or ideologies.

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Image credit: Pablo-Iranzo-Duque

Distortion/Abstraction 

If you’re looking for a more abstract way of showing internal conflict, then distortion could work for you, check out the work of Kyung Sunghyun as a great starting place. This is often used in photography by slowing down the shutter speed to create overexposure to show movement and in some cases, emotional range - a distortion in artwork can have the same effect. Perhaps the character’s expression could be shown from one angle as looking hopeful, whilst another angle demonstrates the character in an opposite state. This abstract conflict can be created in a range of ways - here are some of our favorites:

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Image credit: Ann Jones

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Image credit: Rafael Rollon

 
 
 
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Metaphors

Metaphors are another abstract way of representing conflict within art. The use of visual metaphors can plant the seed of what is meant for the viewer, whilst giving them the space to interpret it in a personal way. 

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Image credit: Christian Pingkay

 
 
 
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Now we’ve helped spark some ideas and get you inspired - it’s time to get started on your own work for our Morbius film brief. You’ve got to be in it to win it - submit yours here.