The Gap Band - You Dropped A Bomb On Me
Design & Art by Francesco Francavilla
The realistic look of the recent TMNT movie reminded me of this gritty, realistic take I did on the Turtles (and Krang) many years ago :)
|Slick:||Are you still tired?|
|Me:||Of course I am. That's my secret...|
|Me:||I'm always tired.|
|Me:||I'm so sorry.|
Bill Sienkiewicz 1992: Unforgiven movie poster
The painfully formulaic approach to movie poster design (or “key art,” as its known in the industry) is not due to the lack talented designers, illustrators, and photographers. But even the best creative talent in the industry is at the mercy of studio executives.
Bill Sienkiewicz discusses the project in Tales from the Edge #9
One of six color painted poster comps I did for Clint Eastwood’s revisionist western, (in addition to 12 black and white.) A photo montage was ultimately used as the poster but working on it was still an invaluable experience. I did several movie posters for European release (the American versions of those films were also photo). I came away mourning that at least for the time being in the US illustrated movie posters like those I fell in love with as a student, were dead in the water. The emphasis seems to be on giving only the absolutely essential info: in as blatant a way as possible. Subtlety or beauty of design is the kiss of death. All the posters seem to be one or two big head shots of the stars, usually side lit and cut exactly down the middle with no background or environment for the heads and the title usually only slightly larger than the star’s name. Subtle, it ain’t.
Even though a poster like that for Apocalypse Now by Robert Peak used large heads and other background elements similar to what I describe here, the final effect was one of pure artistry and intelligence. It conveyed the emotion of the film to me far more effectively than a photo could have. Add to that, the human touch that it was done by hand and extremely well thought out, instead of what feels to me like current trend of stamping out cookie cutter photo clones… ah, hell, don’t get me started.
Coolest thing I’ve seen today. Fuck.
I was tagged by some guy named calebpalmquist
Rule 1: post the rules
Rule 2: answer the questions the tagger asked you and make 11 new ones
Rule 3: tag 11 people and link them to your post
Rule 4: let them know you have tagged them
1. First movie you were obsessed with? Surf Ninjas
2. One thing you used to want to do but now can’t imagine doing? Becoming a meteorologist
3. If you were a character in a 70’s space opera with low production value, what would your name be? Zahra
4. What is your favorite candy? This is hard…um, peanut m&ms
5. What’s the grossest real candy you’ve ever had? Those cheap chewy things you get on Halloween and find nowhere else ‘cause they’re fucking terrible
6. Favorite childhood novel? Mostly Magic by Ruth Chew
7. Craziest (legal) thing you’ve ever done? Probably nothing since I’m mad lame
8. What is your favorite type of weather? Hot and sunny with a nice breeze
9. Do you still agree politically with your parents? No
10. Greatest failure? Not finishing this shit in a timely manner
11. Greatest triumph? Overcoming my fears and persisting through a hard time even though I wanted to give up (aka making it out of high school sane)
- What do you want to eat right now?
- Favorite thing about yourself?
- What song always makes you happy?
- One thing you can’t go without?
- How would you spend a relaxing day?
- Best vacation you’ve ever had?
- Last thing you have read?
- Your go to comfort food?
- What fairy tale character are you?
- Favorite terrible movie?
- Something you wish to accomplish?
When am I leaving?
A Moment of Happiness | Rumi
I repeat, will the real martian please stand up?
One of my favorite episodes of The Twilight Zone.
A grain of sand can unbalance a scale—things don’t have to be heavy to weigh you down.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #27, October 2013,