Archives for posts with tag: film

Midwestern filmmakers Faythe Levine and Sam Macon recently released a trailer for their documentary “Sign Painters”, which explores the lost art of sign painting, and features young and old sign painters from across the country. This 3+ year project, which also has a companion book (available here), looks like a fascinating commentary about these amazing graphic artists who have had their trade overrun by technology: “There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.”

Via signpaintermovie.com

SignPainter-1 SignPainter-2 SignPainter-3 SignPainter-4 SignPainter-5

Advertisements

In keeping with the theme of movie posters, we want to take an opportunity to showcase the excellent work of Los Angeles-based design firm DKNG (see our previous post here). This time it’s for the iconic 1980s film Big Top Pee-Wee. We love the clean lines and attention to so many details. It’s no surprise that the limited-edition poster sold out on Mondo the DAY it was released.

Via dkngstudios.com

DKNG-01 DKNG-02 DKNG-03 DKNG-04 DKNG-05 DKNG-06 DKNG-07 DKNG-08 DKNG-09 DKNG-10

Movie poster design can be a true art, and Austin, TX-based studio Mondo are masters. We actually love the official poster for the sci-fi thriller Looper. But Sony Pictures also teamed with Mondo  (and specifically illustrator/designer Martin Ansin) to create limited edition posters for the film (one in gold, one in silver, which apparently has some significance in the film). We’re sure these photos don’t even do them justice (both versions printed in metallic inks), but they are fantastic nonetheless. And we hear the movie is just as good.

Via blog.mondotees.com and martinansin.com

With the summer movie season heating up, the popularity of The Avengers and anticipation of some other big names (Spider-Man, Batman), superheroes are more popular than ever. Italian artist Matt Cowan has a unique take on the subject that caught our eye. How cool are these?

Via deviantart.com

Since reading about Texas-based Mondo in the New York Times late last year, we’ve been really taken with their work. This offshoot of theater chain Alamo Drafthouse commissions artists to design alternate versions of movie posters. Quite fittingly, they recently released a series of posters tied into and coinciding with Marvel’s blockbuster The Avengers. They are all brilliant, particularly the glow in the dark edition of Thor.

Via mondoarchive.com

%d bloggers like this: