Directed By: J. J. Abrams
Release Date: May 17, 2013
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoë Saldaña, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller
Synopsis: When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
Ah, well. Finally, school is done, and so I've regained the time I need to fulfill my desire of creating more posters back. For this first attempt at making another artwork after quite a long while, I chose Star Trek Into Darkness as the subject; not only due to my anticipation toward the movie, but also thanks to the idea that popped up in my mind, which is to basically recreate the layout of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan's poster with the modern incarnations of the characters. (Not necessarily saying that Benedict Cumberbatch's "John Harrison" must certainly be this alternate dimension's version of Khan, although there are admittedly a lot of hints leading into the speculation.) The main reason behind this is that I think the layout, as well as the color composition of the aforementioned poster is amazing, especially with the lack of any additional texts (in most versions, at least) upon its layout, that kind of exudes more of the artwork's beauty. And thus, I challenged myself to recreate this great piece, but of course, the progress turned out to be not quite as simple as I expected, so I altered my intention to only loosely adapt the said classic artwork. The most obvious indication of that alteration should be the empty space next to Spock, which I initially intended for Uhura (filling in for Lt. Saavik's place from the original poster), but was ultimately left empty as her presence wouldn't seem to be so fitting, besides of some different placings, background, et cetera. I kind of having a love/hate relationship with the final outcome, as I love the details - the pale yet rich colors, the way Kirk blends in with the explosion, the unintentional border streak at the far right corner, Spock and Kirk's smooth hairline - but I don't exactly think the whole layout works, and that filter is a bit disturbing, to me. (Although the usage is inevitable, otherwise the weaknesses of the composition will be more apparent.)
Created using Adobe Photoshop CS5. Comments, feedbacks, and critics will be greatly appreciated!