Journal

Screen Graphics

 

Film graphics are a prominent area of any modern day film, TV show or video game. There are a plethora of graphics that are utilised, such as explosions, gunshots and blood (the list is endless). However, there is one area of graphics within these formats that catches my eye and mostly goes unnoticed – Screen Graphics. These are graphics that are specifically designed to be viewed on a screen, such as televisions and computer monitors. With sci-fi films in particular, this list expands greatly. The main elements of these graphics is typography and illustration, usually designed in a way which informs both the character and the audience watching. The film Oblivion relies upon clean, minimalistic grid-like user interfaces, whilst Star Wars utilises gritty, colourful large scale vector illustrations of planets and starships.

 
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The Star Wars series is a perfect example of minimalist, colourful screen graphics. The use of vector illustrations within the Star Wars universe is a staple of the many screens and monitors shown throughout the films. Usually accompanied by text in an unknown language, these illustrations accurately portray what's going on within the films, such as a ship preparing to fire a missile, or tracking the whereabouts of a legendary Jedi Master. Star Wars does a great job of informing the audience on what each characters role is when it comes to on-screen graphics.

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ThoughtsCharles Worrall