Elephant (Gus Van Sant – 2003)

Original Poster:


Elephant is a 2003 drama film written as well as directed by Gus Van Sant. It takes place in the fictional Watt High School in Portland. This film is based in part on the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. Elephant is about a shooting which is surrounding the school. It starts off with the a short introduction before the shooting happens, this film shows the scenes and lives of the people in school as well as those out of school.

Two high school students, Eric and Alex, who calmly plans and perform the mass execution of their classmates and the school administrators in just one day.

Elephant won the Palme d’Or at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

New Poster:


I am inspired to do up a poster for the film as I want to show the different sides to a youth. Even though, they might look meek and geeky, they might actually portray an evil thought one way or another. This is shown through the way Gus Van Sant had change that stereotype of meek students to changing them, making them into a murderer, killing their peers in school. The darker part of the poster shows that more evil side of Eric and Alex.

About the Author: Syara Shah loves doing sports, dance and starts her creative juices going once she’s in her zone. She aspires to be a director/ an entrepreneur.


  1. Elephant, directed by Gus Van Sant – Peter Travers on October 24, 2003. Retrieved from Rolling Stone Reviews on June 23, 2013.(http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/elephant-20031024)
  2. Elephant Trailer – KillHoliday on November 25, 2006. Retrieved from YouTube on June 23, 2013.                                                                                     (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htlsOf3PnGY)

One thought on “Elephant – 2003

  1. Hey Syara! I saw it as instead of showing two sides of the duality of humans, i saw it as innocence being taken away. so i re-did a poster. If you’re interested in checking it out let me know i’ll email it to you 🙂

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