While the Hollywood movie industry is famous for spending literal fortunes on their film fare and its subsequent promotion, not everyone has the means to promote movies with such gross excess: enter the lost art of the Ghana movie poster. During the boom of the video cassette in the 1980s, small-scale mobile theaters popped up around the sub-saharan country, providing entertainment as they passed through towns and villages. The showings often took place in social clubs, houses or outside in the warm night air, and sometimes only consisted of chairs, a generator, VCR and a television. To promote these shows artists were employed to create large, colorful posters and given full creative license to attract the viewing public… often with very entertaining, but less than accurate results. [Read more...]
You don’t get much more trippy than the far-out movie posters of Eastern Europe in the 60′s and 70′s. From Poland, Andre de Krayewski created as many as a dozen posters a year for both famous imported films and domestic creations, all with his signature art deco meets pop art style. Other artists like Jacek Neugebauer and Maciej Zbikowski helped further the style, using more bold contrasting colors and a heavy dose of symbolism. Most of the posters loosely (and I mean very loosely) interpreted the story of the film advertised, relying instead on the catchy artwork to draw in viewers. [Read more...]
The innovative and revolutionary duo, brothers Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg, left an undeniable mark on design history. Growing up in Moscow during a time of huge upheaval, their talented hands kept busy working in graphic design, sculpture and theater… quickly establishing them as members of the avant-garde during the 1920s and early 1930s. [Read more...]
There’s more to these clean designs than first meets the eye. Polish design duo, Homework, have been printing up some very punchy movie posters for the last few years, promoting film fests around the country. Here we bring you a sampling of their work, featuring some of their best examples of creatively combined visuals. See more of their extensive catalogue at homework.com.pl [Read more...]
Combining a little bit of Star Wars with famous films, these mash-up movie posters will have you feeling the Force in no time. Part of a Photoshop contest over at Freaking News, some of our personal favorites are Chewbacca playing Johnny Depp (twice!) and Darth Vader in Dude, Where’s My Death Star… and don’t forget to remember that next May 4th is Star Wars Day: May the Fourth be with you! [Read more...]
You may recall the brilliant Viktor Hertz from our earlier post “Clever Graphics That Make You Think.” Well he’s back with a new series that re-imagines famous movie posters in his own simplified style… and what better way to communicate simply than by using pictograms? With this ongoing project, he’s striving to find a balance between the current minimalist poster trend and not being boring… even in black and gray, we think he’s right on target.
Using everything from clever phases to his favorite movies for inspiration, Uppsala, Sweden based designer Viktor Hertz has a flare for tasty, smart and simple design. Frequently his creations rework everyday symbols and shapes, modifying the original meaning or reinterpreting them completely with new and surprising results. To order prints of some of his work, visit his page on redbubble.com or to keep up to date on his work follow him on flickr or twitter.
Using a refined, subtle touch, Ibraheem Youssef takes single moments or single objects from movies and creates beautiful, understated tribute posters. Here he turns his talents to Wes Anderson films. From the block puzzle reference to The Royal Tenenbaums, to the bullet hole surrounded guitar from The Life Aquatic, Youssef makes picking a favorite challenging. Check out his many other movie-themed prints at ibraheemyoussef.com.