Giving billing blocks top billing at the movies

Friday, 7 March, 2014

Billing block, Thor movie poster

If you’re a movie-goer then you’ll have likely seen billing blocks countless times, you just may not know them by that name. A billing block, usually seen at the foot of a movie poster, is almost like the film’s small print, listing the names of those who a major part in its production.

Above is the billing block from one of the movie posters for Thor.

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Minimal movie posters designed according to a geometric grid

Monday, 3 June, 2013

Full Metal Jacket poster by Michal Krasnopolski

A couple of years ago it seemed as if every other designer was producing their own series of minimally fashioned movie posters. Many collections were easy on the eye, and people were more than happy to look at the new works as they came forth, but after a while a little minimally-designed- movie-poster fatigue started to set in.

Warsaw based designer Michal Krasnopolski also creates simply styled movie posters, but bases his designs upon a single geometric grid template. While one or two designs go a tad wide of the mark, most, I think you will agree, are pretty clever.

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Déjà vu most horrid, my new movie is exactly the same as yours

Monday, 29 April, 2013

twin movies

Making a film is no walk in the park, the process takes years and costs a fortune, but can you imagine the frustration of finding the movie you’ve laboured for so long to bring forth is released at almost the same time as another virtually identical production?

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My memory is a little foggy, but this movie poster looks familiar

Tuesday, 12 February, 2013

Wanderer above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich

Could it be argued that many latter-day movie posters descend from a 1818 painting “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog”, by German artist Caspar David Friedrich? The case is mildly convincing

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Movie posters, slowly turning to the dark side since 1914

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012

Movie poster colours by Vijay Pandurangan

Deciding to look further into a feeling that contemporary movie posters are increasingly featuring darker colours such as blues and black, Vijay Pandurangan created a couple of visualisations to test his theory. And sure enough, while lighter, warmer, hues are plentiful, there has been a noticeable rise in posters made up of darker colours.

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And the award for the most truthful movie poster goes to…

Monday, 30 January, 2012

The Artist

Might films that have been nominated for an Academy Award this year stand a better chance of winning were their movie posters to more accurately reflect their subject matter?

Update: “Pure art” truthfully sums up The Artist? It sure does.

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If remaking movies is an industry so is remaking movie posters

Wednesday, 9 November, 2011

Movie poster design looks to derive from some thirteen relatively standard formats.

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Is DVD packaging diminishing movie poster artwork?

Friday, 8 April, 2011

Contemporary DVD package design is often leaving much to be desired, especially when the cover artwork is compared to that of the original movie poster.

And what about the original Alfred Hitchcock Vertigo (1958), image featuring a black silhouette figure falling into an op-art vertiginous vortex? Is this really less alluring than a stark close-up of a bug-eyed James Stewart?

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New “2001: A Space Odyssey” movie posters by James White

Tuesday, 1 March, 2011

Canadian artist and designer James White has created an awesome series of movie posters for 2001: A Space Odyssey.

See more of his design work here.

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Movie titles by mum, question is do you still recognise the film?

Tuesday, 11 January, 2011

Inception poster by Jesse Eisemann

A series of movie posters by Jesse Eisemann… this is what could happen if your mother wrote film titles.

(Thanks Crystal, though I can’t imagine your mum naming films this way…)

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