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Photoshop Final: Reworking the Towards Darkness Poster

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For my Photoshop class final, I had to create a movie poster, real or fictional. If it was for a real movie, I had to make sure it was entirely original. The project was supposed to show a range of techniques we learned in the class.

I chose to rework the Towards Darkness poster — the film Evan edited a few years ago. I used images that I got off IMDb and the film’s site, as well as a few other images for textures. I then created a number of different layer masks to remove the images’ backgrounds, used lighting effects to bring out more detail and make the piece feel more coherent, created a custom textured background with layered images and lighting effects, and added text with various text effects to the poster.

I spent a lot of time playing around with the poster, and though I was working with a really limited number of images, I think I captured some of the essence of the film and created an interesting poster.

I really enjoyed learning more about Photoshop. Even though I was already using it daily, I learned many different ways to improve my workflow, create more sophisticated effects and manage my images more efficiently. I’m trying to decide what classes to sign up for this next quarter (starting in a week or so), and Photoshop II is high on the list of what I’d like to take. And if not this quarter, I’ll certainly take it sometime soon.

New York in a New York Minute

MoMA Gallery SpaceI’m sure I’ll be posting a bit more, with photos and better descriptions, but Evan and I got back from our New York weekend today.

We left from Gatwick airport Friday morning and had a 2-hour delay off the bat since our plane didn’t arrive on time. After an uneventful flight — Evan slept and I finished reading Youth in Revolt (very funny) — we got to Newark, took the train to our hotel (the W, very nice) and got ready to go out to dinner.

We had Greek food (yum), went to see Towards Darkness (unfortunately the theater wasn’t very full, though it was well-received by the friends and family who came), and went out for drinks at the Thirsty Scholar (fun!).

Saturday we went to MoMA (very cool, check out the photo), walked through Central Park (always lovely), had Mexican food in DUMBO (quite an adventure to get to, though the food was delicious), and went out with friends at B Bar.

Sunday, we had brunch (I miss American-style brunch), Evan bought a camera, we had drinks with a friend, then spent a long time in Newark airport waiting for our flight (we were early). The flight was bumpy. Evan slept; I didn’t. I did, however, completely conk out on the train in from Gatwick. I also managed to take an accidental 6-hour nap this afternoon (oops) while Evan was at work.

More about the weekend soon.

Also, check out my latest Hitched article, “Online Tools to Keep You Organized.”

Come See Towards Darkness With Us

Towards DarknessIf you’re going to be in New York this weekend, come join us to see Towards Darkness on its opening night, Friday, March 14. We’ll be at the 9:40 p.m. showing at the Quad Cinema in Greenwich Village. Then we’ll be going out to celebrate.

Let us know if you’d like to join us. The more, the merrier. We hope to see all you New Yorkers this weekend!

The film is also coming out in Los Angeles, Irvine and Santa Fe next weekend, starting March 28. For more information, check out this previous post.

Update: Towards Darkness Change of Date/Theaters

This just in: The schedule I posted earlier for the Towards Darkness screenings has changed. The latest opening dates and theaters:

  • NEW YORK — March 14 — Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street, Greenwich Village, New York, NY 10011 (777-FILM #636)
  • LOS ANGELES March 28 — Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills 90211 (310-274-6869)
  • IRVINE — March 28 — Westpark 8, 3735 Alton Pkwy, Irvine CA 92606 (949-622-8609)
  • SANTA FE — March 28th — DeVargas Mall 6, 562 North Guadalupe, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 (505-988-1110)
  • MIAMI — TBD (I’ll keep you posted)

It seems like the Fort Lauderdale screening is off at the moment, too, unfortunately. Thank goodness the New York premiere is still happening the same weekend as planned — we already have our tickets.

You can stay updated on the movie through it’s websites:,,

There’s also a new trailer:

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Towards Darkness in Theaters March 14

UPDATE: This information is now outdated. View new theaters and opening dates here.Towards Darkness

Save the date, book your tickets and plan an awesome night out at the movies on March 14 if you’re in LA, New York, Miami or Fort Lauderdale: Towards Darkness (aka Hacia la Oscuridad) is finally making its public debut. Its also Evan’s first feature as an editor.

We went to the premiere last year at the Tribeca Film Festival, which was actually the first time I got to see the film — no sneak previews for me on that one — and I was totally blown away. About a college student’s kidnapping in Columbia, the story is full of suspense. It also stars America Fererra among other talented actors and is half in Spanish, half in English.

Evan and I are planning on going to New York to see it, so if you’re going to be around, let us know and we can all go together.

Where you can see it:

  • Los Angeles: Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills 90211
  • New York: Quad Cinema. 34 West 13th Street, Greenwich Village, New York, NY 10011
  • Miami: AMC Aventura 24, Biscayne Blvd. In Aventura, FL 33180
  • Fort Lauderdale: MUVICO Paradise 24 Theater, 15601 Sheridan Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331

I have no idea how long it will be playing, so try to make it opening weekend, March 14, 2008.

What people are saying:

“A gritty bilingual kidnapping tale.” –Entertainment Weekly

“A thrilling and mesmerizing story that will have audiences glued to their seats.” –Skuawk! Magazine

“Slick, riveting, and absolutely sure of itself at every moment…like ‘Man on Fire’ only with a cooler story structure.” –Creative Screenwriting Magazine

The trailer:

And if you can’t make it out to the theater, the DVD is set to come out June 17, 2008.