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Great communication and easy to work with. Highly recommended. Exciting movie poster project. Constant professional and would be an honor to work with again.
- Jason Toler, Sunrayz Films


Michael is a talented designer and works very quickly. He was very positive with change requests and delivered a very nice design. I highly recommend him as a web designer.
- Jennifer Thoden


With minimal information, Anything Design delivered beyond expectations. Good understanding of what I needed. Excellent communications and very fast turn-around of the movie poster project. Will recommend them to anyone and use them again.
- Eddie Aldridge, Stone Sailing Club


Great employer. Excellent follow-up and fast turn around when revisions were requested.
- Chandler, Toba Communication


WARP-SPEED turnover! Great communication! We were VERY impressed with the result! First proof was so good, there were hardly any changes made. Thanks again!.
- Casanova Entertainment


Thanks so much for the *awesome* concept work and graphic design for a recent post card campaign I put together for a client. I’m not sure how you were able to take a few descriptive sentences and create a graphic design for our postcard that was exactly what I couldn’t quite visualize–right down to the background color and font. And when my client decided to make changes at the last minute, you were able to turn the project around faster than I had any right to expect. All this and for such a reasonable fee! I heartily recommend your design services and will definitely be calling on Anything Design for help with any marketing campaigns I manage in the future.
- LeAnne McDaniel, Write On Communications, LLC


Completed all work to exact specifications on a very tight deadline. Highly recommended!
- Break Through Media


OMG! What a great job. I was shocked when I saw your work on my web site, so was my family. This is much better than I ever expected. Fantastic work!
- Dana Fortugno


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In entertainment design

By michael

Monster project

On 06, Mar 2012 | No Comments | In entertainment design | By michael

Occasionally I will bid on freelance projects on site like Guru and Elance. My favorite projects are for designing movie posters. They are rare and hard to find on these sites but once in a while I find one that is posted. It’s also difficult to win the project as the bidding war is very competitive. Many “designers” will put in ridiculously low bids as their estimate represent their skills. Many individuals and businesses will be attracted to the lowest bid as everyone I know has a shoestring budget, yet you usually get what you pay for. Sometimes I will initially give an estimate that is competitive to get the project as I know that after the client works with me it will potentially lead to more projects.

When I ran across a project for the design of a movie poster for director Jim Wynorski I jumped on it. Jim directs B movies like Chopping Mall and “Return of the Swamp Thing”. His newest film was named “Monster Cruise” and I wanted this project. Not that I follow or respect Jim and his films, but my passion is designing for movies and I do not get the chance to do this very often. I was excited when my bid was accepted and I was awarded the project.

The client originally said they wanted an illustrated look similar to the Animal House movie poster. The design guidelines progressively changed as the client wanted to add every character on the poster. The worst part was that they did not give me many reference photos of the actors. After several revisions and busting my hump to do everything that was asked of me, the client decided they were not happy with the progression of design.  I was very disappointed and angry as I did not ask for a deposit and the project was a wash. I bend over backwards for my client’s and it is frustrating for me when I can’t make them happy.

I actually lost money on this project as I had spent money on some stock photos since the client did not supply me many to use. Oh well, live and learn.