This is perhaps one of the most heavily scrutinized caption I've made in a while: I did two revisions on the writing and it was beta-read by three different individuals (A special thanks to Kayla, Victoria-Hyde and Steffi). The original draft wasn't nearly as potent or focused - it read more like a reality show clip complete with announcers and voice overs. I realized while I did want the vibe of it being part of a TV show, the writing didn't fit the vibe of the images I selected nor did it read very well. I scrapped it and rewrote what's above now.
As for the design, I wanted to play with different textures and visuals, so I originally used a grey marble background and used a singular image to frame the text. The second image and it's gradient overlay overpowered the original image and the marble backgrounds clashed with the look of the image. At first I scrapped the secondary image but still didn't like the background. The text didn't stand out correctly and fought with the overall visual instead of working in conjunction with the elements. I played with using a background image, played with the title placement and decided on the color blue as the background. It all fed well into the original source pics. While I was disappointed in it looking so close to my usual work, I was pleased with the overall look. Everything blended together.
My beta readers helped me with some writing elements. Kayla picked up on the hypnosis elements in the writing and helped cultivate it some, while Victoria helped clean up some writing issues. She also suggested a new title. The original title was "It Doesn't Matter" and while it may have been the inspiration for the focus of the story, it didn't fit with the final product of the direction I wanted to take it. Finally, Steff made some suggestions with the visual and caught a few more typos - mainly helping with the color ascetics. In many respects, this is a group effort because there were influences abound. There were some more suggestions made but as I often do I opted to go in another direction.
Of course, the images were what drew me in. Steffi suggested a few pictures to me, but I kept coming back to this set I had on my harddrive. It seemed to fit the idea I had for Caitlyn. The stylish, glam tone, the use of a mask and the Dome/sub themes within the photo shoot all set the tone that I felt worked best with this idea.
So what do you think of the final product?