The Facts in the Case of Mr. Hollow Poster

The Facts in the Case of Mr. Hollow Poster (Big)

I don’t normally feature posters for short films. Not that I have anything against them, I just don’t generally stumble across posters for shorts. But thanks to twitch that changed today, and so I bring you the poster for the The Facts in the Case of Mr. Hollow.

And it’s a very good poster. It asks us to look closely and I do. Such a weird image, the lone camera between the trees, no one around to operate it, just the crow to see it. It’s bursting with an unsettling mood. It’s hard not to think of Poe when looking at it, something that is only strengthened by the fact that the film comes from Rue Morgue Cinema.

I can’t say for sure, but I imagine that the wonderful style we see in the poster’s illustration comes from visual artist and co-director Vincent Marcone. It works great.

Beyond looking good the poster also makes me curious. What is the camera photographing? What is on the other side, just behind our backs where we can’t see it? I would love to know, but I guess I’ll have to watch the film for that.

The film’s description is worth a read:

The visually stunning film centers on an unusual photograph dating back to the 1930s. An investigation of its particulars reveals a tapestry of secrets hidden in the details, and a tale of kidnapping and murder captured in a haunting moment.

And as you can see, the poster ties into the films description in a way that make both more interesting.

A job well done all around.


Unused Alternative Ideas for the Jumper Posters

Jumper Alternative Concept 1

Artist Chuck Anderson has posted to his site several images for possible Jumper posters that he made on commission from Concept Arts. In the end Concept went with something different, but it’s still enlightening to look at these other possibilities.

I’m stricken by how much these diverge from the concept they ultimately used. All these images focus on the jumping itself, showing the characters in an empty space in the middle of the teleportation, which is represented by all kinds of bright lights. On the other hand the actual posters focused much more on the possibilities that the teleportation offered by showing different parts of the world where the character could be in an instant. The tagline “Anywhere is Possible” also matched that focus.

I think these images offer very cool visuals, more so than the final poster, but I understand the change in approach. Although the actual jump is interesting, in the end the ability of being anywhere you want is just more fascinating.

Also I think that the image below might have posed some problems due to the character’s pose and due to the accumulation of light around, hmmm, the crotch area. That might have proven to be distracting, especially since teenage boys were a target audience for the film.

Jumper Alternative Concept 3

(Via Slashfilm. Thanks to John Allison for pointing them out to me.)

Jumper Alternative Concept 2

New Speed Racer Posters

Speed Racer Speed Poster

You may like it or you may hate it, but there is no denying that Speed Racer has a a clear aesthetic. It’s bright, it’s colorful, it’s purposefully cartoonish and it’s busy. And these posters do a great job of maintaining and using well that aesthetic.

I mean, look at the colors of the character posters. Each character has a color clearly associated with him/her and the color permeates the whole poster for that character. For Speed we have an light blue. For Trixie a bright bubblegum pink. Racer X is the height of seriousness and sobriety, so he gets a dark blue. This are the types of colors that most animations aimed at children would use with a caution. And yet here are the posters for the “live action” Speed Racer, assaulting us with them full on.

It’s like a hyper version of the Cars posters. And I have to say, I just love it. I totally understand the people that don’t and that are turned off by it, but I just love it.

And I also love that the character posters show us much more than the characters. We get a look at the character’s main vehicle and an eyeful of background. This keeps with the general busyness that that we can see in many frames of the trailers. It also maintains a certain focus on the machines themselves, something that I feel the trailers do too.

And that is very understandable. These are some cool vehicles and they apparently do some very impressive things in the movie. And I feel that, at least in part, the film is about that connection between man and machine, about the adoration the Speed feels for his Mach 5 and for the things it allows him to do.

When it comes to this movie I’m a total fanboy, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. But I think this new posters are, much like everything we have see from the film so far, awesome.

And by the way, I saw the lenticular poster live recently, and it is much more impressive than you could ever imagine by looking at it’s picture on the web.

(Via Yahoo! Movies)

Speed Racer Poster (Big)Speed Racer Trixie PosterSpeed Racer Racer X Poster

Final My Blueberry Nights Poster

My Blueberry Nights Poster

Wait, we are just now getting the final domestic version for the My Blueberry Nights poster? Seems like the first (international) poster was released ages ago. And the film itself premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. It’s sure taking long for it to make it’s way to the U.S.

Anyway, this poster is very similar to other posters we have seen before, especially to the U.K. quad. Bight colors all over and the faces of some of the members of the stellar cast. Even the photos of the cast they used are the same.

There are some differences tough. The colors for one. They seem slightly softer in this new poster. And instead of emanating from lines, which created a neon lights like effect, they are now more diffuse and appear often as small circles of color. Can’t say I like the change. I think the poster loses some of the warmth and sensuality it had before because of it.

Another difference is the title treatment. Most of the posters before this one used the same strong and rather memorable title treatment. The new one is very subdued and is actually a little hard to see. Once again, I’m not happy with the change.

My Blueberry Nights Title Treatment

The other main difference is the choice of which actors to highlight in the poster. And here I have no problem with the choices made. Although I do feel bad for Jude Law, whose star is apparently very down.

It’s still an appealing poster, but I much prefer the versions we have seen before.

(Via Cinematical)

Drew + Indy = Awesome Artwork

Temple of Doom Poster has an interesting interview with the great Drew Struzan in which he talks about the many works he has done for the Indiana Jones franchise over the years, including multiple posters, book illustrations, game boxes and more. Even more interesting, the nice fellows sprinkle images of the artwork being talked about throughout the piece. Worth a look.

The above poster for Temple of Doom is mentioned by Struzan as his favorite Indy illustration. Too many good ones for me to choose myself, but yeah, it’s pretty great.

One Year of Movie Poster Addict: The Greatest Hits

So, like I said last Saturday was the blogiversary(did I get that right?) of MPA. Inspired by that I decided to use my statistics program to see which were the most viewed posts over this first year. Some of the top posts were obvious, others not so much. In case you share my curiosity, here is the top 10 list, from bottom to top:

10. Juno Poster

The little film that could. People just kept searching for the poster for a really long time. To this day there is still a fair amount of searches for it.

9. International The Dark Knight Poster – Joker Edition

Mostly from Google, mostly after Ledger’s death.

8. And Now, for Something a Little Darker…

100 Tears Poster

Two posters for low profile horror movies, and yet it got a fair amount of attention. Still don’t know why.

7. Men in Tights: Super-Hero Movie Poster Silliness Throughout the Ages

Batman (1966)

What can I say, people just love to see men in tights.

6. Arthur and the Vengeance of Maltazard

Linked by a few sites dedicated to animation. I guess there is a good deal of interest in the film, at least in that particular community.

5. I Am Legend Banners

I Am Legend Banner

You know what people love to see even more than men in tights? Cities from around the world destroyed.

4. 10 Grindhouse Posters

Enter The Dragon Poster

This is the first post that actually got linked to and that received some attention. Really, before this post I had no readers.

It’s an important post in the MPA story because it was an early success that helped me to keep going.

3. The Dark Knight Movie Poster – Why So Serious Edition

Mostly Google and Yahoo. Again, after Ledger’s death, which lead to a great amount of attention being payed to everything related to his portrayal of the Joker.

2. The 2007 Key Art Awards

Running with Scissors Poster

A gallery with the best posters of the year. You have to see THAT.

1. 79 Years of Best Picture Winners in Posters

Casablanca Poster

The right post at the right time, ended up getting links from a bunch of bigger blogs.

And that’s enough looking back. Now let’s see if I can produce some new worthy posts.

The Legend of God’s Gun Poster

The Legend of God’s Gun Poster

I was going to put this poster in the weekly round-up, but I decided it deserved a post of it’s own, even if I don’t have anything particularly insightful to say about it.

I think it will come as a non-surprise to all that small movies have a hard time getting noticed. There are hundreds of films being produced every year, many of them with huge marketing budgets. Standing out from the crowd without being able to just continually bombard people with advertisements is hard.

All of this makes every marketing material, including the posters, so much more important. If someone happens to catch your poster or trailer you have to make an impression, as they might not see anything else about your movie unless they actively seek it.

Of course, small independent movies often have a hard time coming up with catchy posters because they lack known actors, amazing visuals that can be taken from the film itself, a easy to sell hook or even the proper budget to get the poster made. I think all that ends up making sheer creativity that much more important.

All of that is to say that I think this is a good example of a poster for a small movie. An illustration with strong lines and colors, packed with a lot of iconic images that get instant reactions: a cross, a gun, a scorpion, and so on. A memorable title and a critic quote both well inserted into the design also help.

I probably wouldn’t have ever heard about Legend if it wasn’t for the poster. And now not only have a heard of it, I also remember it and would probably look twice if I happened to find it in the video store, for example. A job well done.

(Via IMPAwards)