Special Note: I'd prefer designs NOT be submitted "in context;" that is, applied to a physical book or tablet to show how it will look in context. I much prefer to see the artwork head-on, flat, and in a more raw format. Thank you! (:
Special Note #2: I should have been clearer initially, but the book is not just about movies. It's about STORY. So that includes novels, TV shows, video games, comics, and movies. Try not to focus so much on the movie part. Focus on the STORY part. Thank you! :D
Overall Design Goal:
Bold and eye-catching, but not flamboyant nor too loud. Something elegant but fun. Think Apple advertising. Should read very well small, be clever and inspired. Think Chip Kidd's covers. Also, I am particularly smitten with the cover for "The Goldfinch."
Title Typography & Design:
I love good typography. Especially if it's unique and clever. For most cases I think the typography for the title "Blockbuster Blueprint" should have enough personality that it could stand on it's own, like a logo.
This will be an eBook cover (for now) for use on all of the major eBook retailers: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and so on.
Final dimensions should be 4500x3000 pixels.
Fonts & Typography:
I love quality typography. Please explore fonts that complement each other, have personality but are subtle, and are easy-to-read especially when small. I like size and color hierarchy in typography and surprising / clever uses of typography to give a cover personality.
Blue is the obvious choice, but I don't think it's a bad one. I like "blueprint" blue colors. I prefer lighter (more saturated) blues rather than darker blues (with a dark value). White is another good choice as it pairs nicely with blue and a potential blueprint motif (but please see note in "things to avoid section"). But I trust your judgment when it comes to color. Feel free to surprise me.
Use of blueprint themes is definitely welcome, but we need to be careful not to come off cliched or obvious. And a messy, textured blueprint is preferred to a clean one. Stock photography is very much not preferred, but I'm flexible if you find something that's perfect. Art and drawings are great if you have something in mind that fits. Sketchy, rough, messy art could provide great visual contrast when paired with clean and ordered typography (or vice-versa!).
The main title should be big (unless you've got a clever idea for it to be smaller). Subtitle and author name can be smaller. I'm not a best-selling author, yet. My name doesn't need to be huge. (:
These are some covers I like and feature clever uses of typography, color, layout, etc. I'm also including a blueprint sample I like for the color, messiness, and overall feel . . . but obviously, I don't want the Millennium Falcon on the cover. (: