2001: A Space Odyssey poster

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  1. DUDE! Go and kick some more Movie Poster ASS! HAHA!
    Your Inspiration for today (and another Movie Poster: The DAN O SAUR watchin Kubricks SHINING in about an hour on German Television!
    DanOsauR OUT!

  2. Hmmm, I much prefer your original take back in 2008. This poster says “Metroid” to me, not “2001”. I’m clearly in the minority here.

  3. Loved the old design better, at first, but then decided the new one kicks major ass. Love the air line, the “flattening” of the Neanderthals and the Astronaut. I would have gotten rid of the accordion pleats in the space suit, and the red dot.

    As for “runner up #1” — play MYST much?

  4. i think i just about died….this is my favorite movie of all time!! aaaahhhhh!! will you be selling this? i would buy this in a heartbeat…sublime as always!!!! :D

  5. Your design concept with HAL as the sun, sans the white silhouette, would be the best. The vector astronaut and “ultimate trip” line evokes an “off” sense of decade and makes it seem more like a poster for a retroactively designed Atari video game rather than a movie. The picture of Dave retains the idea without diluting it. The silhouette is extraneous. Your original concept, while abstract, retains the right feel. I think you lost it a little bit with your selected final design.

  6. Nice poster mate :) Very cool,
    Have you seen the artist Tomasz Opasinski, He does a lot of alternate Movie Poster designs that you may enjoy, not so much your retro style, but if you were gonna continue doing Movie Posters for yourself it could be a good resource to look at :) Anyway, food for thought :D
    Great Design!!!!

  7. Cowardly, trite, useless.

    See, the difference, “fdsgsdgfs”, is that you haven’t provided a blog that I can post that to for everyone to associate with your real name.

    Enjoy your awesome life.

  8. Awesome. I liked that you avoided the cliches that were all too obvious. Been hearing about it since Friday, and it seemed well worth the effort my friend.

  9. Centered, vertically symmetric compositions are not your friend. Its a crutch, force yourself to try more dynamic compositions.

  10. Hey James, Great work again, I can’t say that I have seen the film, but I would have liked to see the bottom of the main square blend into the bottom. Another note – I love your sketches, even though they are just line strokes, and quick concepts – I think they look fantastic

  11. Thanks so much for all the lovely comments, everyone! Seriously humbled, you have no idea.

    There are a couple of points I wanted to reply to specifically regarding the design, some great points a few people brought up via the comments regarding elements of the design. Here we go:

    “The ultimate trip” tagline – A few people brought this up as being bad, but there’s a reason it’s in there and a bit of a story behind it. When 2001 was first released in theaters back in 1968 it did rather poorly for a number of weeks. The posters sported the tagline “An epic drama of adventure and exploration”, which is pretty dry. After a few weeks, a resurgence of younger people started seeing the film for its psychedelic fantasy . . . it was more of a ride then a movie. The posters were changed to sport the slogan “The ultimate trip” to appeal to this younger hip audience who might “consume consumables” before the film. I find this story pretty funny, which is why I chose to include that slogan even though it is a bit stupid.

    Symmetry – I’m planning on writing a post about my excessive (and rather subconscious) use of symmetry in my work, but wanted to reply directly to it here first. 2001 as a movie uses a lot of balanced shots and symmetry, Kubrick did this on purpose probably because it was a lot more difficult then a standard shot. I really wanted that idea to be echoed in this poster in particular so even though I use symmetry way more then I probably should, in this case it was deliberate . . . not just preference. :)

    I really appreciate the feedback, everyone. Thanks so much.

  12. James – there is no doubting the quality of work is certainly there. Thanks for sharing. It had to have been a blast getting this out of your system. But I must respectably say you tried way too hard on these. There is just too much going on. In your quest to tell a story, you went away from emotion and intrigue (the main pillars of the film) to in-your-face, I’ll hold your hand with obvious storytelling direction. Where’s the mystery? The mystique? The next problem is illustration-style silhouettes mixed in with photos just doesn’t work in this context, no fault of your own. Oil and water here. Lastly, the image of Dave that you used is way too familiar, seen for years on all video and media (http://goo.gl/HLe5l) and it’d been best to use something way less familiar. An interesting still from the movie that we havent immediately seen.

    All in all, it’s a common problem experienced when you try to honor what you love, it often gets distorted by too much of what’s right in front of you versus embracing the background noise of what makes the film work as seen through your style.

  13. I agree, but it seems to have been a semi-official tagline for the movie, and I’ve seen it in other posters for the film. It might’ve helped drum up publicity in 1968 (certainly a good year to employ that sort of phrasing) but in 2011, it just sounds dated and ridiculous to me.

  14. Looks like Sideshow scrolled right passed the actual finished piece and started critiquing the mockups, because none of his/her comments apply to the final poster.

  15. Oo it’s so great.

    Do you plan to sell some of 2001 poster on Signalnoise store ? (plz ! *begging you*)

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