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A one sheet is a specific size (typically 27" × 41" before 1985; 27" × 40" after 1985) of film poster advertising. Multiple one-sheets are used to assemble larger advertisements, which are referred to by their sheet count, including 24-sheet billboards, and 30-sheet billboards. The term is also used as synonym for the poster artwork and the film poster itself.
Since a one-sheet is used in the official advertising for films, they are prized by both collectors of memorabilia for specific films and of film posters themselves. Film posters sold in general retail are in poster size, 24" × 36". Prior to 1985, the majority of film posters sent to cinemas were folded before mailing and, on rare occasions, they were instead rolled and shipped in tubes. While today there are several ways to eliminate these fold lines, many purists prefer film posters in their used condition.
In music publicity and distribution, a one-sheet is exactly what the name implies: One sheet of paper, on which information is provided about the musician and/or a specific release which is being distributed. One-sheets often accompany a record or CD when it is being shipped to radio stations and music publications (i.e., magazines, Web-based forums, etc.) A one-sheet is sometimes also referred to as a press sheet or a promo sheet.
Layout and content
Depending on the purpose it serves, a one-sheet will often contain a variety of information about its subject. Often comprising both images and text, one-sheets typically serve as a way to introduce the unfamiliar reader to a particular artist. The name of the artist (and perhaps the title of the release) will appear prominently. Some common elements found on a one-sheet can include:
- Biographical information
- Photograph(s) of the artist
- Cover artwork for the release
- Names of the stronger, more representative tracks
- Names of tracks that might be in violation of U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) guidelines (for radio airplay)
- List of similar artists
- Contact information for the artist or record label
- Film poster – discusses the history and usage of film advertisements in more depth.
- Richard Amsel – artist
- Tom Jung – artist
- Drew Struzan – artist
- Character poster
- Teaser poster
- Fact sheet
- "One sheet movie poster". Learn About Movie Posters. Discussion of one sheets from an educational website.