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The Fast and the Furious 3 – Tokyo Drift – Movie Poster

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 by in PhotoshopFX, Portfolio, Print | 0 comments

The Fast and the Furious 3 – Tokyo Drift – Movie Poster | Briarcliffe College

Part of the Tribeca Film Festival Assignment, the goal of this project was to create one movie poster for the festival. The poster could be either for a real or imagined movie.  I chose the Fast and the Furious 3 – Tokyo Drift, not only because it is one of my favorite movies, but because,

  1. I wanted to challenge myself to create an as good, if not better movie poster than the few I could find currently in use and circulating the web, and
  2. I love using photoshop effects and wanted to not only challenge but showcase my own abilities.

Though challenging, this project was such a fun project to create.  In this poster, I wanted to capture the energy of the movie, the intense colors of the cars and the lights in the city of Tokyo.  The first thing I did was look for some hi-resolution stock car images and images of maybe a pretty night scene in the city of tokyo, but I was surprised to find a lack there of.  In order to solve this problem, I opened up Adobe Premier pro CS5.5 from my Master Collection and acquired the digital images I needed from freeze frames through-out the actual movie.  Adobe Premier Pro did a fantastic job of this.  After I found a few freeze frames I thought I could use, I exported them into photoshop where I began to digitally cut up and enhance them using many custom adjustments and blending styles.  The background is actually a real life HD digital image of down-town tokyo, but was not taken from directly out of the movie, and is not the exact location.

For this poster, I wanted to capture the part of the movie where driver Lucas Black or Sean Boswell skids through the moving densely populated crowd right in the heart of the city.  This picture, though not exact, or the actual location was cut and re-imaged in photoshop to look like or resemble that exact scene in the movie.   The yellow car depicted, is from a freeze frame taken earlier in the movie where Sung Kang,or Hon, Sean Boswell’s partner is in the car with him and in the midst of showing off, Sung stop’s his car in the street to flirt with another female driver, by “drifting” or circling around her car.  In the process, there is a lot of smoke, from the tires burning rubber on the pavement and the movement I felt was great for this piece so I used it.

With many layer adjustments, blending techniques, and color enhancements I was able to re-create the energy of the imagined scene in my head, digitally.  The text also carries many layer styles, and blending modes to achieve their colorful vibrance. Most of the street lighting, motion color trails and glowing smoky atmosphere was all brushed in by hand pixel by pixel.  


Creative Direction

Concept Creation

Photoshop Effects

Freeze Frame Acquisition

Type and Layout

Hi-Resolution for Print


Adobe Premier Pro CS5

Adobe Photoshop CS5

The Fast and the Furious 3 - Tokyo Drift - Movie Poster - Version 1
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