A few weeks ago, I was browsing Amazon Prime On-Demand movie listing and came across the movie title graphic for Forrest Gump, an image of a man sitting alone on park bench looking up into space.
I remembered that this was one of my favorite movies for a lot of different reasons, one of which how the movie passes through so many different parts of US history, from the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam War, Watergate, and the inception of Apple. The way the movie was shot, with a dialog mixed in a combination of retrospect and present day context provided a set of key, consistent icons for this assignment.
I chose the “One Story / Four Icons” assignment to capture the movie in four icons. First, I chose the image of running shoes because the movie phrase “Run Forrest, Run” echos in my head as words teammates would use to make fun of each other, referencing how Forrest just kept running. I chose the park bench because that was the platform Forrest used to share the first part of his story. As he jumped from story to story, Forrest and the park bench were the constant as strangers came and went. Another constant was Forrest’s reference to his mother and how “life is like a box of chocolates.” The last image, an image of a shrimp, aims to strike up memory of the shrimping business that Forrest and his Vietnam War buddy Bubba planned to start but that Forrest had to start on his own when Bubba died. This image lasts on today in the form of a number of Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurants that played off the movie’s popularity.
I used the same approach that I used for Design Assignment #1. I did a web search for the images and arranged/resized them on a PowerPoint slide. I inserted a text box to frame the icons and inserted the title text. I then took a screenshot and saved the file as a .jpg file.