America: Artists’ Statement



By Cynthia Ivanna Garcia

Our topic was gun control. When we started thinking about the poster we had three options. “The Equalizer” “The Americans” and “Let’s Be Cops” We struggled a lot finding the right poster to edit. We wanted to choose a poster that was easy to understand, we decided to do “The Americans” which is a TV show. We had some problems with that poster because The Americans was related to guns, and also it was not a movie poster. I struggled a lot the first week because I was confused about the concept and without concept there was no poster to edit. We decided to change the poster so we chose to do “Neighbors” We edited Rogen’s face to Lapierre’s face. We chose Wayne Lapierre because he is the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association (NRA) We also edited Efron’s face to Moore’s face. We chose Michael Moore because he is the the director of Bowling for Columbine. We edited the red cup that he was holding to a video camera. The concept of the poster is to show that guns are very easy to get nowadays and how that reduces public safety. We edited NEIGHBORS to AMERICA. We changed FAMILY VS. FRAT to NRA vs. America’s children which means the school shootings that have been happening these years. The guns means that based on the second amendment, every citizen in the Unites States have the right to have a gun in this case even a baby. We changed “From the guys who brought you this is the end” to What part of “Shall not be infringed” do you not understand? this is a quote from the 2nd amendment. On the original movie poster there was not a credits section so that was hard for us because we didn’t have enough space to add credits. As credits we chose to add “Law-abiding citizens should have guns. Otherwise criminals will win and the decent people will lose” is a quote from the NRA. Malpaso company was chosen because is Clint Eastwood’s production company and they are gun supporters. Smith & Wesson is the number one manufacturer of firearms in the United States.



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