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1920s Movie Posters and a Designer’s View

9 Nov

The 1920s brought us movie posters that featured hand-drawn illustrations rather than stills that depicted scenes of the movie and also used fairly traditional type.

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Some of the Best Movie Posters and Taglines Ever

1 Nov

Movie posters are a unique type of art but it’s important to remember that they are advertisements primarily. The goal of a poster is to sell the movie—to make you want to see it. It includes the title in a bold font, images of the actors and scenes from the movie. Style, layout, colors, and fonts are essential is accurately reflecting the tone of the film. And the poster probably includes a catchy sentence that grabs your interest—the tagline.

Imagine trying to sell yourself in just one sentence. It’s tricky. This is the challenge that movie marketers face every day. It’s not at all easy to come up with a tagline that will stick with us and accurately reflect the film.

This post will look at some of the movies with the best taglines ever and their respective posters. Enjoy!

Alien

Alien “In space no one can hear you scream.”

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The Art of Illustration: Vintage Horror Movie Posters

19 Oct

This Halloween season got me thinking of some of the brilliant horror movie poster designs of years past. I’ll admit I’m not a huge classical film fan but I love the fantastic illustrated posters that were at one time the staple of every horror and sci-fi film. They have so much detail and can communicate so much about a film and it’s a bit of a shame that this look went of out style.

Because of the incredible workmanship many vintage horror posters are not only collectible but also very valuable. The movie poster for “Dracula,” directed by Tod Browning in 1931, set the world’s record of the most expensive movie poster at the price of $310,700 in 2009.

I’ve included some of my favorite vintage horror posters for your design inspiration and entertainment. Even if you don’t want to see “Frogs” or “The Amazing the Colossal Man” you can definitely appreciate the design and the craftsmanship involved in creating these pieces of art. I’ve included posters from as early as 1922 with “Nosferatu” to “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in 1984. I’ll feature some more recent poster designs in my later posts leading up to Halloween. Continue reading

The Creative Process: The Thing Movie Poster

6 Oct

John Carpenter’s “The Thing” brought us one of the most iconic movie posters of all time. The poster not only has a great design but it has a super cool story behind it.

In 1982 artist Drew Struzan received a phone call from Universal Studios. They are remaking The Thing and they need poster art…by tomorrow. The publicity department didn’t have any photos to use as reference or even any concept art.

According to an interview with Movies.com, Struzan got an immediate concept and went to work.

“It was a very odd experience,” Struzan told Movies.com. “I got an immediate concept, which is not unusual for me. I dressed up in a winter snow outfit and my wife took a Polaroid of me.” Continue reading