Earlier this week I drove home on my way to a concert, which is about an hour and a half with no traffic. Stopping to eat dinner before driving about another hour to the final destination, I received a phone notification about an “update” to the tickets. Opening Ticketmaster, I was greeted with a surprising announcement that the concert had been abruptly canceled (note that this was literally less than an hour before doors opened). While this was surprising, we made other plans and opted to see a movie instead. Our first choice was The Northman, but it turned out that it was not playing nearby. This prompted us to go for option B, which was Everything Everywhere All at Once:
Despite knowing very little about the film, I had heard it was good and was interested in seeing it. While the Regal in Fredericksburg is probably one of the better, if not the best theater in the area, (sorry Paragon, please fix your screens!) its counterpart in my hometown is not the greatest. While the theatre itself looks fine, it has this permanent stench that is somewhat of a staple of dirty chain theaters, which is not ideal. I’m not even sure why, because the one here is apparently a bit older, but it could have to do with the company that owned it before. It also doesn’t have any automated ticket kiosks, which means unnecessary interaction with the high school students working there. Either way, I’m glad that the options are better here.
Sorry for going on a rant about the inconsistent quality of chain movie theatres, but despite this, I really enjoyed the movie (save for the person in front of me obnoxiously laughing throughout). Furthermore, I was surprised that this absurdist maximalist dadaist film about everything bagels and the multiverse was filmed and edited by such a small team.
It was interesting seeing the breakdown of both practical and visual effects and seeing how they are combined to make a (relatively) low-budget film look so good. I won’t talk about the plot too much in detail, but I recommend watching it. This film was super refreshing to see and I feel like it came out at the right time because it almost seems like one of those films that are initially misunderstood and bombs at the box office but later gains a cult following (and I mean this in the best way possible).
I loved how the movie referenced three of my favorite films/directors, the meta movie credits similar to Paprika by Satoshi Kon and the stylistically similar shots to In the Mood for Love by Wan Kar-wai, and last but not least the scenes referencing the Pixar movie Raccacoonie (definitely not Ratatouille). I also liked the many outfit changes and fashion choices of antagonist Jobu Tupaki.
Leaning into the movie theme from earlier in the week, I decided to take up the movie book cover assignment, as I thought the movie would be perfect for a somewhat minimalist book cover.
I took inspiration from the original announcement poster that is covered in googly eyes, a motif of the film that represents yang (the known, light, positive). In addition, the everything bagel is a motif representing yin (the unknown, dark, negative).
I took inspiration from a promotional Mother’s Day card featuring a more artistic interpretation of the everything bagel featured in the film that was posted on social media. These two motifs are largely featured within the film so I decided to represent them both on my book cover.
Here is my final book cover interpretation:
As for a tutorial, I once again followed similar steps that I did here. I used this stock image of an everything bagel and made it monochromatic and then darkened the brightness so that it looked similar to the movie bagel.
I then took these stock footage googly eyes and rotated and resized them to make them look more off-center.
For the typography, I used this website to find the same font used on the movie posters and other promotional material (Cubano Sharp). I chose a yellow background as I thought it was a good neutral between the black and white. I made sure the color was dark enough so that the white text was still visible.