Dundurn Behind the Covers: The Showrunner

Dundurn Behind the Covers: The Showrunner

Posted on October 27 by Kyle
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The design for Kim Moritsugu&;s The Showrunner took a few twists and turns. It was sort of challenging to land on the right feel because the book is both light and sombre. It&;s set in LA, so signalled by bright, saturated colours, but features themes of deceipt, conniving, envy, and murder.

The original concept came from Kim clever and was very unique. She suggested using an image of a cake with a knife stuck in it, providing a photo that she had taken herself while in L.A. I gave the image a "TV glitch" treatment in an attempt to allude to the opening sequence of a television program. Unfortunately this idea fell flat for a number of reasons, primarily that the book is contemporary and televisions no longer have glitches to speak of. It was also felt that the ominous cake, while relevant to the main action in the book, didn&;t represent the overall feel of it. Finally, there was just a lot going on visually and it didn&;t have the clean, contemporary look we envisioned.

I went to work coming up with a new concept. I really wanted to depict the deviousness and scheming of the central characters, and allude to the main setting of LA television production. I came up with a concept that overlayed a real television script (which I thought could be replaced with script from the show in The Showrunners) over the face of a cunning-looking woman, who I felt resembled the main character. Unfortunately this idea didn&;t fly because it was important to the author not to feature any faces. People have varying opinions on this and I understand both perspectives, so I just let that one go.

I then spent A LOT of time researching suitable images of LA. By the end, I had around 50 images saved in the folder and those are just the ones that I thought were possible candidates. In the end the image that people responded to had been staring me in the face since the beginning. Maybe it was just that I was trying too hard. The final cover is simple but evocative of the setting. I think the title type alludes to contempary television titling, and there is something a little ominous about the blood red sunrise, and the backdrop is clearly LA. Everyone immediately got on board with it, and it was nice to wrap up another cover knowing everyone was happy.