Didn’t have the assets for the class exercise, so elected to do and online tutorial. Ive come across several film poster tutorials of various levels of difficulty. See Poster tutorials under homework.
The element that transforms a film poster is the text. I found this forum response which explains what fonts are used in the lower half. The rule seems to be ultra condensed typefaces, not so much a particular font. Most popular sans serifs have ultra condensed. Amongst them are the following:
- Univers Ultra Condensed
- Franklin Gothic
- Akzidenz Grotesk
- Modula Serif