Your costume is ready, cobwebs are hung, pumpkins are carved, and a bowl of candy is placed by the front door. Now all you need to make your Halloween complete is a good horror movie. Fear not, we’ve got you covered. With Halloween just around the corner, we thought we’d have our resident horror movie buff and SmartDraw Power User, Vanessa Neidermayer, share her collection with you.
HOW DID YOU GO FROM NOVICE TO POWER USER?
Being new to the program I spent quite a lot of time using SmartDraw for everything I could think of to really get to know the ins and outs of the tool. I quickly realized that SmartDraw was extremely powerful, allowing me to create anything from a party plan to landscape design of my backyard. Using SmartDraw as frequently as I did, I quickly became a Power User. As a SmartDraw Solutions Analyst, I am not only able to assist customers, but colleagues as well.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR COLLECTION?
When I was a little girl, I used to spend a lot of time with my Grandma. My memories of that time consists of baking in the kitchen, learning how to clean, and playing with her golden retriever, Homer.
One of my most prominent memories I shared with my Grandma was the time we spent watching horror movies! The first horror movie I remember watching was The Blob (1958). At the age of 4, I was hooked.
Before the days of steaming movies on such sites as Hulu or Amazon Prime Video, I wanted to have a variety of movies at my disposal. I am a lover of all things art, but movies and music hold a special place in my heart. At home we have all genres of movies ranging from documentaries, comedies, dramas, etc. Being that horror is my favorite movie genre, I first focused on collecting all of my favorite scary movies. Eventually my collection turned into what I have today. There is no doubt that I am a Netflix Binger, yet I still love having my collection. If I am being totally honest, I doubt I will ever stop collecting.
HOW DO YOU USE DIAGRAMS TO MANAGE YOUR 500+ MOVIE COLLECTION?
It’s always been difficult having guests select movies from my collection due to the number of movies. They are often overwhelmed as they look through the shelves of movies. In the end, our guests would eventually give up and have me pick a movie for them. During my 1st month working at SmartDraw I realized that I could use the software to tackle this problem. I used two different visual templates to easily catalog my movie collection.
HORROR MOVIE COLLECTION DIAGRAMS
Horror Movie Timeline
Maybe you want to watch an original monster movie from the 30’s or something that has the latest special effects. The timeline template allowed me to easily group my movie titles by era or decade.
My favorite part about creating these visuals was the ability to be totally creative. I played around with editing existing symbols available in SmartDraw and importing outside images as well. Importing fonts and applying different effects like inside and or outside glows was a lot of fun as well.
Click here to download a pdf version of the Horror Movie Timeline.
SmartDraw Advanced Tips & Tricks
Custom Glow: In the Effect drop-down menu, select Glow. The standard colors and glow size appear. If you prefer to customize the color and size of glow, select More Glows. In the Glow Dialogue select the appropriate color and size of glow. This can be done for inside or outside glows.
Setting Transparencies: The ghosts in the background of the timeline are pre-existing SmartDraw symbols. To make them appear more ghost-like, applied a transparency. Select the appropriate symbol or shape. Navigate to the Fill drop-down menu to select the level of transparency.
Horror Genre Mind Map
The Horror Movie Genre can actually be broken down into more specific genres such as Slasher, Supernatural, Campy, or Comedy.
I thought, what better way to show my guests what I have then by breaking them down into sub-genres? Sometimes you are in the mood to be scared and sometimes you want to have a good laugh, it all depends. So I created a mind map that broke the main genre of horror down into many levels of sub-genres, containing movie titles.
Click here to download a pdf version of the Horror Genre Mind Map.
SmartDraw Advanced Tips & Tricks
How to set a background image & why: Instead of bringing in the blood splatter image through the Insert Tab feature, I set it as the background. Right-click the background of the Work Area. Navigate to the Page Tab. In the Background drop-down menu select Picture. By embedding the image in this way, you ensure that the image will always be centered.
Title Font: To recreate the 3-d effect of the title, simply duplicate (Ctrl+D) the text box several times and changed the font colors. Place each text boxes on top of the other but offset a small amount. Then aligned and grouped them together to ensure that they stay in place.
NAME 3 ‘MUST-SEE’ MOVIES TO WATCH ON HALLOWEEN.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO NEW SMARTDRAW USERS?
My recommendation to new SmartDraw users is to explore the software! Something that really helped me when I first started using SmartDraw was clicking on each tab in the top ribbon and figuring out what the function of each button in the tab was.
WANT TO LEARN ABOUT HOW HORROR MOVIES ARE MADE?
To learn how horror movies are made, read Film and Video Production: How Wes Craven Does It (And So Do We).