Movie Posters Until I Can Make Movie Posters

 In Design, Film

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m obsessed with cinema. I’ve spent just about all of my life–I can remember seeing Star Wars in the theater with my dad and brother when I was four–watching films, dissecting them, and learning as much as I can about everything that goes into making them. I’ve even started to write one, but that’s a story for another time.

One of my favorite parts of going to the movies–and now I’m very thankful that there are entire websites devoted to these–is seeing the one-sheets in the lobby. I’m pretty sure this is where my interest in graphic design first started, at a very early age. There have been some very iconic posters over the years, and it’s been a dream of mine to someday create a few of my own. After going to school for graphic design and spending a few years doing it professionally, that hasn’t happened yet. But I still hold out hope.

In the meantime, I’ve decided to create a few very minimal posters for films I really love. I’m thinking I might screen print these, but I may just end up doing giclee prints if they get too complicated. The minimalist idea came from thinking I’d want basic colors for screen printing, but since I’m still really learning the ins and outs of that medium and all the tricks that go along with it, maybe it’s not the best way to go. We’ll see if any of these need printing at all. My hope is to get a few done and then sell them on this site and elsewhere, but I’d really like to know if people are even interested in them. I’ll probably post them here as I create them and, hopefully, get some feedback along the way.

There Will Be BloodThe first poster I did was for the film There Will Be Blood, which is kind of like my Citizen Kane. I’m probably the biggest P.T. Anderson fan there is, and this film, to me, surpassed anything he’d done previously–all of which were genius. I figured, why not start with the best? I think I’m looking at these posters the way I look at book covers: not necessarily overt, but more like an allusion to something that’s going on in the story or a defining scene. This There Will Be Blood poster is almost a spoiler for the movie, I guess. But I thought it much better to focus on something crucial in the story rather than the obvious things–oil, mustaches, milkshakes. So, I went with the ol’ bowling pin. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll understand the reference. If you haven’t seen it (why the hell not?!), maybe this poster will get you interested.

Incidentally, while I do have a list of a few films I’m doing posters for in my very limited spare time, I’m open to suggestions, too. If you have a title you’d be particularly interested in seeing me translate into a poster, just let me know!

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