The Place Beyond The Pines is an great film, and it is very cool that it was filmed and takes place in my home city of Schenectady, New York. My concept for the poster was to display it's two main characters and divide them with the line in life that they each choose to live on. It's a very emotional movie and the photos chosen had to convey that. It's about the path a man takes in life and the consequences of his actions on the people around him. These two characters each took very different paths in life and their stares in opposite directions show that.
The lightning bolt is a reference to the film's tagline and serves as the compositional barrier between the two characters. It also creates the shape of a pine tree on the green side of the poster.