Harrisburg artist Dionn Reneé was already looking forward to the release of “The Woman King” movie next month.
So when her works were chosen in a competition to feature in the film’s marketing materials, she was thrilled.
“It’s the biggest project I’ve done so far,” said Renée. “It’s a dream come true.”
“The Woman King,” a film from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., is set to hit theaters on September 16. The film is based on a true story of the Agojie, an all-female unit of warriors who protected the African kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s. Actress Viola Davis stars as General Nanisca who leads her warriors into battle .
In anticipation of the film’s release, the company launched a contest to receive film poster designs submitted by artists around the world. The competition was organized in partnership with artist-promoter Talenthouse and Columbia Tristar Marketing Group, Inc.
A friend of Renée told her about the contest and she decided to participate. She had nothing to lose, she said.
“I wanted to see the movie, and I love what it’s about,” she said. “I have never tried a competition like this in my life. I took a chance.
A few weeks later, Reneé was chosen as one of the top 10 winners of the competition and will therefore have her illustration featured as part of the film’s marketing campaign. This could include social media, printed materials and merchandise.
According to Reneé, a graphic designer and painter, she has created film posters, CD covers, book covers and flyers before, but never for a project of this magnitude.
“It’s like winning the lottery,” she said. “I’m officially on a new level.”
Find the work of the artist Dionn Reneé on his Facebook page or on Instagram @dionn_renee.
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