When the great Kyle Cooper spoke at FITC San Fran this past August, he did not disappoint. Kyle Cooper is an American film title designer who is known for his memorable, evocative work. Most notably, he elevated the opening titles to an art form with the film, Se7en in 1995. His work has inspired a younger generation of designers, and to this day, he has produced many more film titles. His story in a nutshell is this: Kyle Cooper studied under Paul Rand at Yale, and decided that he would focus on creating film titles. In 1996, he co-founded the creative agency, Imaginary Forces, which is focused on motion design. Once the agency grew substantially, he left and founded the agency, Prologue, which is where Kyle remains today. At FITC, Kyle Cooper gave a very inspiring presentation entitled "Others: Content and Creative Community". His presentation offered us a rare glance into his genius; Kyle described his creative philosophy and process. As well, he showcased a few of the title sequences that he has designed. While Kyle strives to provoke an emotional reaction from the audience, he does not want to reveal too much of the story. His focus remains on creating strong concepts, and tweaking them until they are solid. With Iron Man, he created visual riddles with the typography that allude to the story; this served as a means to connect with the audience. Kyle understands the need to engage an audience; he carefully develops visuals that have relevant, contextual meaning to the rest of the respective film. These days, we have a plethora of digital tools available that make it easier to create digital pieces. That being said, having more tools does not necessarily equate to better quality work. Analogue forms of content have their own merits. Kyle admitted he had a preference for analogue content—that is, physical objects and handmade effects. Se7en has plenty of these including a hand-drawn alphabet, mishandled negatives, scratches, etc. His reasoning behind his preference is that analogue content offers much more room for creative exploration. Analogue content can be arranged, rearranged and juxtaposed quickly to establish meaning and tone. It is raw, and there is an authenticity that digital tools may not be able to produce. As a result, analogue content gives way for some interesting experiments, some of which may be happy accidents. 3D animation and effects, on the other hand, don't offer that same luxury, and due to the amount of time that rendering takes, there is much less time (if any) to concentrate on tweaking the concept. Ultimately, it's hard not to argue that using tactile objects in the design offers an extra avenue with which the audience can connect. Kyle's creative process has paid off: With Wimbledon, he mentioned that his sequence was chosen over the work that other studios had created, which was more 3D and effects-heavy. See the opening sequence below: Kyle Cooper's talk reassured one thing: the best design is concept driven. While technology may offer countless possibilities, it doesn't replace having a solid concept in creating a stunning title sequence that resonates with us. Content is king, and building that community with the "others" is paramount... and Kyle Cooper knows this. Kyle Cooper/Imaginary Forces documentary (1 of 2) Kyle Cooper/Imaginary Forces documentary (2 of 2) Demo Reel 2006 For more information about Kyle Cooper visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyle_Cooper http://www.prologue.com/ The Dark Genius of Kyle Cooper http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.06/cooper.html About the Author My name is Janet Cordahi and I’m a Toronto-based visual designer who loves to explore new ways of approaching different design challenges in this digital playground. I specialize in creating original solutions via motion graphics, print and web. For more information about Janet visit http://eccentricity.net/ or follow her tweets at http://twitter.com/janetyelplanety
Illustrators have been doing a great job with infographics, and these are getting cooler these days. There are tons of awesome pieces all over the internet, but the ones I like the best are the movies ones. There are more than one category of movie infographic. There are trilogy meters, random facts, size charts and timelines (if I'm messing any, please, tell us). Here's my section on each of those categories... these are some amazing examples! If you know any more cool infographics, drop us a link. I hope you all enjoy these. Cheers! Click the images for a larger view. Trilogy Meter #1 Trilogy Meter #2 Kill Bill Facts Mega Shark vs. Giant octopus Facts Pixar characters size chart Monsters size chart Futuristic movies timeline Pulp Fiction timeline LOTR, Star Wars and other timelines Inception timeline Star Wars Influence Map Star Wars Influence Map Infographics: Time Travel in Movies & TV (Good)
The days are passing really fast, and I know that when we realize, it will be December, and Tron will be moments away from its release. That said, I guess it's time for us to warm up for that, because I just know that this movie will be fantastic. First a set of billboards, then a set of promo images... I find these really amazing. The design line they chose is just breathtaking. But I wonder how do you like it. What are your expectations for this film? Tell us! Cheers. ;) Billboards Promo Images
Posters are always a great source of inspiration, we always post about all sorts of posters, from band gigs to exhibitions and of course, movies. This time however we have a really cool selection of movie posters from Brazil, and when we talk about that we have to mention José Luiz Benicio, he is one of the most important Brazilian Movie poster illustrators and has designed over 300 posters. Posters About the Author Fernando Falcão is a designer from São Paulo, Brasil. Fernando has been collecting Brazilian movie posters for a quite long time. You can find more information about him at his Personal Website.
Blaxploitation is a film genre that emerged in the United States in the early 1970s when many exploitation films were made that targeted an audience of urban black people; the word itself is a portmanteau of the words "black" and "exploitation." Blaxploitation films were the first to feature soundtracks of funk and soul music. These films starred primarily black actors. Variety magazine credited Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song with the invention of the blaxploitation genre. Others argue that the Hollywood-financed film Shaft is closer to being blaxploitation, and thus is more likely to have begun the genre - Wikipedia. For this post we have selected some great examples of posters from this genre and period. Also, if you have more examples of blaxplotation posters, share with us via email or comments. About the Author Hey buddies! I'm Marcos Torres, a 19 years old art director/freelancer from Brazil, I'm here to bring some new interessant stuff to you. You can see my portfolio at http://flickr.com/marcostorres. Any request or jobs oportunities send to firstname.lastname@example.org, also follow me on twitter
Last year we've featured the awesome work of concept artist Michael Kutsche, who makes some amazing pieces that are breathtaking. Back then, I remember seeing an illustration of the Red Queen, but i didn't pay much attention. A few days ago I ran into his work once more, and I realized that the Red Queen I'd seen before was only the beggining of a co-op with Tim Burton himself to the Alice in Wonderland movie. Michael has some amazing early concept arts at his portfolio, which I just have to share with you guys. Also, if you don't remember the first post, check it out here. I hope you all enjoy these! Cheers. ;) Red Queen March Hare Caterpillar Knave Dodo Cheshire Cat White Rabbit Madhatter "This is one of the early Madhatter concepts I did for Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland". I did the drawing before Johnny Depp was cast in the role, that's why there's no similarity." - Michael Kutsche
Posters of famous and classic movies are very popular on the internet, however I've been noticing more and more designers doing reinterpretations of these posters, most of them are simply awesome I could say that much better than the original ones because they sort of manage to convey the ideas in a much simpler way. Well, now that the movies are very well-known it's much easier too. For this post, that I had to divide in two parts due the amount of amazing pieces I found, I will show you some of them, including my favorite ones from Youseff Ibrahim with his minimalist and stylish work. Ibrahim Youssef - http://www.flickr.com/photos/heemaz/ Tom Whalen - http://strongstuff.deviantart.com/gallery/#posters Chris Thornley - http://www.sourcecreative.co.uk/chris/raid71/ Tomasz Opasinski - http://www.tomasz-opasinski.com/ Dr. Monster - http://www.flickr.com/photos/zom-bot/ About the Author Hey buddies! I'm Marcos Torres, a 19 years old art director/freelancer from Brazil, I'm here to bring some new interessant stuff to you. You can see my portfolio at http://flickr.com/marcostorres. Any request or jobs oportunities send to email@example.com, also follow me on twitter
A few weeks ago I had the chance to watch the new Tarantino's movie, Inglourious Basterds. It took quite a while to be released in Brazil, more than 3 months after the US premiere. Nevertheless, as a huge fan of Tarantino I went to the theater and watch the movie. It's a masterpiece, in my opinion one of the best if not the best movie Tarantino has done since Pulp Fiction. The script, the comedy, the performance of the actors, specially the german guy and Brad Pitt, everything very well done and thought. Of course I couldn't forget the soundtrack, it's really good as usual. So in this post I will show you some posters from Tarantino's movies since Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs to the marvelous Inglourious Basterds. If you have links to other posters, please share with us leaving a comment or send it to me via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter at http://twitter.com/danielaz Inglourious Basterds (2009) Now, I don't know about y'all, but I sure as hell didn't come down from the goddamn Smoky Mountains, cross five thousand miles of water, fight my way through half of Sicily and jump out of a fuckin' air-o-plane to teach the Nazis lessons in humanity. Nazi ain't got no humanity. They're the foot soldiers of a Jew-hatin', mass murderin' maniac and they need to be dee-stroyed. That's why any and every every son of a bitch we find wearin' a Nazi uniform, they're gonna die. Now, I'm the direct descendant of the mountain man Jim Bridger. That means I got a little Injun in me. And our battle plan will be that of an Apache resistance. - Lt. Aldo Raine Grindhouse: Death Proof (2007) Grindhouse: Planet Terror (2007) Sin City - (2005) Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) - Vol. 2 (2004) Jackie Brown (1997) From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) Pulp Fiction (1994) Well, if you like burgers give 'em a try sometime. I can't usually get 'em myself because my girlfriend's a vegitarian which pretty much makes me a vegitarian. But I do love the taste of a good burger. Mm-mm-mm. You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in France?.... A Royale with cheese - Vincent Natural Born Killers (1994) Cães de Aluguel (1992)
If you are 20 years old or older, you've probably watched movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark (Indiana Jones - 1981), Back to the Future (1985), Batteries Not Included (1987), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Coming to America (1988) and Angels in the Outfield (1994), among many, many others, you got to know the work of the man who did the posters for these films. With an unmistakable style, Drew Struzan was born in 1947, and is world famous for not only his work for these 80's films, but also with much recent ones, like the Harry Potter series, Star Wars (both original and new ones), Hellboy and more. I've always loved his work, but never knew that all those posters were done by the same person, until I found his portfolio some time ago. I was stunned, and just had to share this illustration master's work with you. I deeply recommend you guys, younger than 20, to get these films if you haven't watched, and just have a little time of true amusement. Also, you should really visit Mr. Drew Struzan's portfolio for a great quantity of marvelous works, with the possibility to buy his original pieces. And I won't say that I hope you enjoy these, because there's no way you don't love it. Cheers! ;) Coming to America (Um Príncipe em Nova Iorque) Batteries Not Included (O Milagre veio do espaço) Cuthroat Island (Ilha da Garganta Cortada) E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (E.T.: O Extraterrestre) The Goonies (Os Goonies) Back to the Future Trilogy (De Volta Para o Futuro - Trilogia) Back to the Future III (variation of the original poster) Big Trouble in Little China (Os Aventureiros do Bairro Proibido) Blade Runner (Blade Runner: O Caçador de Andróides) First Blood (Rambo) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter e a Pedra Filosofal) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter e a Câmara dos Segredos) Hellboy Hellboy II the Golden Army (Hellboy II: O Exército Dourado) Hook (Hook: A Volta do Capitão Gancho) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Indiana Jones e o Templo da Perdição) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Indiana Jones e o Reino da Caveira de Cristal) Lonely Guy (Rapaz Solitário) Masters of the Universe (Mestres do Universo) Meatballs III: Summer Job (Almôndegas III - Trabalho Duro) The Name of the Rose (O Nome da Rosa) Pan's Labyrinth (O Labirinto do Fauno) Police Academy 3: Back in Training (Loucademia de Polícia 3: De Volta ao Treinamento) Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (Loucademia de Polícia 4: O Cidadão se Defende) "Revenge of the Jedi" () Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (Guerra nas Estrelas: Episódio I - A Ameaça Fantasma) Star Wars Trilogy (Guerra nas Estrelas - Trilogia) Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Guerra nas Estrelas: Episódio III - A Vingança de Sith) The Thing (A Coisa) Three O'Clock High (Te pego lá fora)
Sometime ago I ran into these, but didn't have the chance to post them. I found some super amazing vector art made by this dude at tstout.com, and I couldn't even find his name, which is a bummer. He's got a fantastic style, really worth taking a look! At first, I thought he did just regular pieces, but for our delight, he makes his own version of movie posters! Mad Max 2, Robocop and The Thing are just some of the ones he picked and did a great job. Anyways, for more of his amazing work, simply visit this portfolio. We'll love it. Cheers! ;)
There are thousands of inspiration sources for an artist, may he/she be a musician, an actor/actress, a painter, or even a designer. Inspiration even surpasses the profession barriers and a painting may inspire a movie director, a picture may inspire a musician, and my favorite, a movie or a music may inspire a designer. It's everything out there to inspire us. Decades and decades of movies and music, each one in its own style, bringing cultural baggage to fulfill and influence us. It's no mistery that if you are really connected to movies, music, painting, or whatever it may be, it will at some point give you ideas... inspire you. Someone who really likes the 70's will turn to psicodellic art, use those chubby, groovy types, maybe use some disco as reference. In Brazil we call also add the Tropicália. A person really fond of the 80's (like the Abduzeedo Team), will use lots... and I mean LOTS of neon colors, like shock Pink, make me blind lime green or the panties blue (that's right... panties blue. That's how we call it in Brazil). The 80's games are also a good source of inspiration... Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda and all that. Of course, there are Van Halen, Scissor Sisters, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Goonies. God, I Love it. :) DVNO Video by Justice, clear example of retro inspiration Retro design will always be out there. Always. And for me the only two things that I can say for sure that are 2000's style, are movies and music. Otherwise, all I can see is retro... in fashion, design, etc. It worries me the possibility that in the future we might be remembered as the decade that didn't have its own, pure culture, something we could place along with the 80's and 90's. Of course, there are a few designers we could say that produce genuine 2000's works, but they are only a few. Star Wars has influenced lots designers and artists And I really want to be wrong about it, and I would like you guys to tell me a few things: Who do you think makes original 2000's art? What inspires you? A movie, a song an artist? Maybe the Beatles? The Godfather? Van Gough? I don't know, you tell me!! What is your favorite decade? The shaggadellic 70's? The neon thights big wigs 80's? Or the grunge new kids on the block 90's? We'd love to hear from you!! Cheers! Some Retro Inspiration Final Fight Arcade game Street Fighter 2 Arcade, a real classic in our memories River Raid in the Atari era.
The next best thing to watching movies is actually finding continuity errors, you fell like a treasure hunter, finding stuff that you're sure no one saw before. Here are a bunch of movies continuity bloopers, mistakes and errors for you delight! And of course, you might be asking yourself: "what the hell?"... well, chill out, this is just a test post! If you guys enjoy these, maybe there will be some cool stuff in the future, with better quality and all that. Please, we need your comments! How do you like it? And of course, do you know any more of this kind of bloopers? Not outtakes, but continuity errors... Hope you enjoy these! Cheers! ;) Harry Potter Commando Star Wars The Goonies Saw Stand by Me TMNT
Following our winner "The Best of 2008" series, today we've got plenty of posters for you guys! All the cool stuff... movies, Obama, and design in general! I hope you enjoy these! ;) Oh, and of course, feel free to comment posting more posters!! We'd love to see what other great posters we had during this year!! Another thing... since we don't get to celebrate 2 years all the time, today we're gonna have some awesome stuff for you guys! Be prepared. Cheers! DESIGN IN GENERAL
May 22nd is still a little far away, but the buzz for the latest installment of the Terminator franchise got huge with a full trailer released just a few days ago. We just couldn't let it pass unnoticed, so this is another post of our collection series! I don't have much to say about Terminator. It's been there for a long time, most of us have seen the last 3 movies, there are lovers, haters, and all that, but I'm a Terminator fan myself, and never miss a The Sarah Connor Chronicles episode, even if TSCC is a little bit cheesy. Anyways, I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! Cheers! ;) Terminator Trailer Terminator 2 Trailer Terminator 3 Trailer Terminator Salvation Trailer Terminator Genisys Trailer
This is probably one of the most common posts on Halloween, but I couldn't just turn my cinephile side down. And it isn't all about posters itself, but it's about good, classic movies. There are some horror movies that are part of my childhood, and building this post was actually pretty fun, 'cause I got to remember some badass horror flicks. From Candyman to the Amytville Horror, there are so many classics that it's really worth taking a look at this list just to remember how horrors were really cool sometime ago, and how we need a serious reboot for the entire genre for better quality movies. Of course, some of these are not that old, some are teenage horror (like the Faculty) but still, got me the goosebumps at some point of my life. Also, there are oldies and its remakes, like Romeros' zombie classics, and a bunch of first ones (usually, horror sequels suck bad, like the Scream ones). Hope you all enjoy it, and remember these awesome flicks! Cheers! ;) The only horror trilogy that is actually pretty damn scary.
Visiting big sites such fffound, Flickr and others, it becomes really obvious how huge Star Wars culture is. This is a friggin' endless source of inspiration. And since I know you won't read a second paragraph about Star Wars since there are pictures, I won't write one. Just check these out, for God's sake... seriously. And enjoy, of couse. Cheers! ;)
Some design trends are a big mystery for us. When the subject is movie poster, there are some things that tend to repeat from time to time. We even had a post about hand drawn movie posters some time ago. What about that weird trend of flying heads? You don't know what I'm talking about? Then you should probably pay more attention to action movies. Here's a little list of movies that got posters with flying heads. Casualties of War Space Cowboys A Few Good Men Courage Under Fire Rules of Engagement and so many others... So, just for us to chill out a little bit during our busy day, watch this clever video. Cheers! ;)