First Night Design | #CoverMakeOver Week 9 — American Beauty


Now what on earth was I going to do for American Beauty for Week 8 of Julie Powell‘s makeover challenge. There have been several different covers for the film which is directed by Sam Mendes and stars Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening and Thora Birch, in which a ‘sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s best friend’. IMdb

I knew I wanted to avoid a rose but what was my main focus going to be? I decided it was people so I swiped a slice from Tallulah Bankhead, a profile shot of Spacey from Wikipedia and set to work, the idea being that Spacey’s character is yearning for the out-of-reach schoolgirl (alright, so Bankhead was not a schoolgirl even when she was a schoolgirl). If knowing it’s Bankhead disturbs you, imagine she’s Spacey’s wife, Bening!

#photorehabcovermakeover Week 9 American Beauty © Sarah Vernon
#photorehabcovermakeover Week 9 American Beauty © Sarah Vernon

To be frank, I’m not enamoured of my treatment but — as so often — time was running out and I didn’t want to miss out, especially as I probably won’t be able to take part next week. Fonts used were Skia Regular for Sam Mendes, Bening and Spacey, Times New Roman for ‘American’ and Zapfino Regular for ‘Beauty’.

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Take care and keep laughing!


7 thoughts on “First Night Design | #CoverMakeOver Week 9 — American Beauty

  1. It’s a difficult one as it’s a very emblematic film. For me it will always be the girl in the bed of roses, but I like the colour and the writing. (I don’t think I’ll ever forget Kevin Spacey working at the fast food joint…)

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  2. Like Olga, I always see the girl in the roses, so it is all but impossible to see anything else representing it. (Including the alternative covers shown.). I loved this film, even more so as I didn’t expect to. Then again, Thora Birch is one of the unsung heroines of the US film industry, and Spacey rarely gives a poor performance in anything. I like the images you have used, and conclude that the final result would make a good cover for a book.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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