The homework assignment was simple: Create a movie poster from scratch.
The result: A parody poster for an imaginary spaghetti western set in the 1940s that Quentin Tarantino doesn’t yet know he wants to make.
In our imaginary poster, the late Chad Boseman stars as the honest stranger passing through town who is now on the run after being falsely accused by the inept sheriff, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, of deadly crimes against the town’s folk.
Meanwhile, the real bad guy is a despicable local, played by Bill Murray, who slinks around town with the morally-deficient bath house operator (played by Vanessa Kirby), while waiting for his miscarriage of justice to be played out.
Inspired by the poster for Sergio Corbucci’s movie Django, the photograph for the poster was made at Pioneertown, a real western movie set from the 1940s and 50s, just a few miles up the road from Joshua Tree National Park. The riders are cast members in the monthly reenactment of the town’s Mane Street Stampede.
Let’s hope the real people parodied in this class project aren’t offended. After all, we just like making movie make-believe posters.