it was up to us to find a way to talk about the concept of "chiaro scuro" with emilie's photos and any other elements we saw fit. the result is a piece that talks not just about light and shadow, but also the nature, shape and form of sound.
after much discussion about various ways to approach the poster, we settled on this hand drawn and painted approach. the poster tries to speak simultaneously to the idea of a 1930s live "disc recording" and what was ultimately the uncredited, unpaid exploitation of black prisoners by white people.
our poster and title treatment reflect the stark modernism in laine's conceptual and visual approach to the opera. of particular note here is the typography. splitting the film's title up into four segments gave us an opportunity to speak about the four separate acts in the opera. on top of that the squared-off typeface used in combination with this formation echoes abstractly the windows of the various apartments within the same building that the opera was set.