If you want to take a crack at some Symphony for a Saga covers, I'd appreciate it...and I'm sure the fans would.
72dpi is certainly fine, although a 300dpi image for printing would be wonderful.
Dimensions are 4.75" w x 4.715" h for a 'single panel' cover (Front cover only). or 9.5" w x 4.715" hi for a 'double panel' cover (Front & folded for a back cover). If you want to include a .125" bleed over, that's cool too.
I would only worry about a 'single panel' cover for the single releases, and a 'double panel' for the individual suites. I wouldn't worry about doing a full jewel case until at least one disc is complete. We'll talk about DVD when the actual video is done, probably in quite a long time too.
First up, if you would like to do a cover the TPM single, that would be great.
The only think I request is that the text on the front be similar in design and layout to the prequel soundtrack releases:
Symphony for a Saga
The first single panel would be for the single titled "Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn's Theme"
Obviously, given the title it needs to be 'Qui-Gon' based, but you can be as creative as you want. I'd ask that you listen to the pieces to formulate cover ideas, as I'd like the covers to reflect the 'feeling' or 'spirit' of the music.
You can also work on the first suite titled "The Phantom Menace Suite". Feel free to use any liner notes you wish on the back (2nd panel). It should at least include a tracklist, without runtimes please; as well as 'Music composed and Conducted by John Williams' and 'Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra'.
So obviously, this is Qui-Gon. I really wanted to have him a strong central figure, as this is who the song is about. Not surprisingly, the music describing Qui-Gon is soft and flowing, with a little bit of "spunk." I think Williams accurately described his character. Qui-Gon is an intellectual icon of pacifism, patience, and stability. I chose a strong, defensive pose, but included his lightsaber as this is a defining future of any jedi's character.
I also took a reductionist view, placing Qui-Gon in the background of Naboo (which might also be described by the majority of the music) and giving the background more of a hand-drawn look. Too often the artistic elements of SW are over-looked, and the cover for a single is the perfect time to reemphasize the fact that Star Wars is also an artistic concept. Having Qui-Gon become a rendered figure from a 2D draft shows his ascendance out of this world and concepts into a valid symbol.
By keeling the background white, I intend to represent the symbolic purity of Qui-Gon, a talent that so many jedi are losing at the time of TPM. Yet, Qui=Gon's energy, displayed as similar to the green energy of his blade, pervades the sky above Naboo (itself a peaceful, intellectual and rational planet), presenting him as a holy symbol of jedi enlightenment to both Anakin and Kenobi (which is what I think is Qui-Gon's dominant role in the saga). It also helps to cover the faster phrases in the single.
So, those were my goals...if you need me change/alter anything let me know. Unfortunately in the future, I won't be able to get them done in a day. Btw, the song was and excellent arrangement/mix and those Imperial March tones at the end were a phenomenal reference to Qui-Gon's good ambitions turning sour.
The only thing I would like to see altered a bit is the font. Can you use the graphic from the actual CD covers for 'STAR WARS', Example
If you need a scan of one of the covers, that's fine...let me know. Also the color doesn't have to be gold. I almost think a blue-ish silver would look better...but Gold may work in contrast to the green very well.
Likewise, I'm not extremely fond of the font that was used for the balance....although I certianly like the positioning & size. The font seems a bit too stylized, almost in conflict with the beautifully simplistic nature of the art. Whereas the 'Episode I' font from the covers seem a bit more neutral, letting the artwork speak for itself.
I'm not sure what font would look best, but I am thinking of a more simplistic, classic approach like the Episode I style, and not necessarily plain like a standard Arial. Sorry to be a pill...but if you could give me perhaps two font choices, I'd appreciate it.
Once we found a font that works, we can probably use that as a standard for the series.
I think the concept is outstanding, and better than I would have imagined.
PS...you'll be credited as you requested in that PM...and don't worry about deadlines, this is a project that is finished when its finished for myself and the video editor as well...you have every right to work at it when you can.
Thanks for the notes as well, they will be released with the cover on the site.