Signalnoise on Pinterest: Movie poster gallery

Last week I decided to give this Pinterest thing a go because I’m seeing plenty of trusted friends and sources talking about it. I’m not one to sign up for every community-based service out there (quite frankly, there are too many) but if I see something that might work nicely in a very specific way, I’ll give it a whirl.

Pinterest caught my eye as a great way to build a movie poster archive, so that’s what I did. Check out the Movie Poster board. I’m always being asked what my favorite posters are, what are some good links and all that. So here’s a way for me to bring all that cool stuff together in one place. Drew Struzan, Bob Peak, Bob Gold, Richard Amsel … they’re all in there with more to come. Call it inspiration, design research, or merely a way to productively waste a few minutes looking at stuff that makes you happy.

So swing on by the Signalnoise Pinterest page, … curated with brutal love.

Fighting Fantasy book covers

Here’s one for the old school super-nerds. When I was in grade 6 back in 1988 my friend Scott brought some adventure books into class one day and the things caught on like wildfire. By “wildfire” I mean within the confines of myself and about three of my other friends. While the girls were reading Sweet Valley High or whatever, this is what the guys were into. Monsters, swords and fire.

Shown here are the covers of 10 Fighting Fantasy books created by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. Remember Choose Your Own Adventure books? Well, these were like the upgraded version where you kept track of stamina, strength and powers as you battled various monsters along the way. Even needed dice to read these things. So much fun. I have fond memories of playing through some of these books, and dissecting the killer artwork on the covers. It was just recently I started thinking back to these, and the art really holds it’s ground. Some nice typography in there too. Look at that Phantoms of Fear title! And I love the colours on the Vault of the Vampire cover.

Hell, Fangs of Fury as a 2-headed fire-breathing snake! How could I not be into this what I was 10?

Sorry about the low image quality, these suckers were hard to track down. Anyone else out there read these when they were kids? If so, you were obviously with the popular crowd.


Here are a couple of trailers to some killer documentaries that I’m dying to see. Indie Game: The Movie chronicles a few independent video game developers as they dive into realizing their vision and dream, while Just Like Bring There is a wonderful view of the world of independent gig/movie poster creation.

The fact that both of these films exist is proof that the power in our industry is shifting from the big agencies to us little guys. Can’t WAIT to see these two.

Movie Poster Monday 8: LONE WOLF McQUADE

Film on Paper presents … the movie poster for LONE WOLF McQUADE.

Director: Steve Carver
Genre(s) of Film: Action | Adventure
Origin of Poster: USA
Year of Poster: 1983
Designer: Unknown
Artist: C.W. Taylor

Signalnoise in association with Film on Paper brings you Movie Poster Monday. We will be showcasing a movie poster to start every week, so be sure to check out future posts for some great art from cinema’s past.

Movie Poster Monday 7: DEMONS

Film on Paper presents … the movie poster for DEMONS.

Director: Lamberto Bava
Genre(s) of Film: Horror
Origin of Poster: USA
Year of Poster: 1986
Designer: Unknown
Artist: Enzo Sciotti

Signalnoise in association with Film on Paper brings you Movie Poster Monday. We will be showcasing a movie poster to start every week, so be sure to check out future posts for some great art from cinema’s past.

30th anniversary FIRST BLOOD poster

Here is my poster for one of my favorite movies of all time, FIRST BLOOD, celebrating it’s 30th anniversary. Yep, this beast of a film was released back in ’82 when I was 5 years old. After doing the DRIVE poster late last year I knew for my next work I wanted to dive into the past a create something I loved as a kid. When Mystery Box asked me what film I wanted to create a poster for, this was my first pick. They worked their magic, and we’re just waiting on a bit of red tape.

I wasn’t allowed to see FIRST BLOOD when I was a little kid. My parents said it was too violent so they would never rent the VHS for me, but I always caught little snippets of it when I was over at friends’ places. This, of course, made the movie even cooler because it was outlawed in our house. Something dangerous. But toys weren’t out of the question. I remember my mom ordering me the Rambo toy knife kit out of a comic book, and I got the Rambo figure for Christmas in ’86. That rocket-launcher was awesome.

So to me (probably because of the rubber toy version), Rambo’s knife was one of the main characters of the film. He’s typically depicted with a big gun of some sort, but I knew for my poster I wanted that knife front and center. My favorite parts of FIRST BLOOD take place out in the woods as he’s beating up cops and the local makeshift army. Very natural scenery, with a Canadian tie as it was shot outside of Vancouver in a town called Hope. Other than sporadic outbursts, Sylvester Stallone’s character is relatively calm and determined during the movie. You never knew when he was about to cut loose. I wanted that reflected in my design rather than an action scene. Had to be about the character.

I did quite a few sketches, trying to dial in on the tone I wanted to hit and the elements I wanted to include. I then scoured the movie for some reference shots I could use before starting up the digital paints. Found the shot I wanted to work with and started some studies and final build. The original version had very different colours, but I switched to a palette that reflected those forest scenes I love so much. Here’s a few process shots.

And a close-up of the final to show a bit of the painterly detail.

This is my second movie poster completed to this extent. As some of you know I did my first poster drop a week and a half ago for DRIVE and it was turbulent at best. I hit snags at just about every step and lost quite a lot of sleep as I tried to smooth out the speed-bumps I encountered along the way. I took some knocks, but learned some valuable lessons and tips along with some very helpful information. I owe a huge thank-you to the kind people at Expresso Beans who reached out to me and lent a hand with kind words, encouragement and advice. You know who you are, and I really appreciate it.

So, what will be different? My representation Mystery Box has been hard at work to set up a system to get my (and other artists they represent) posters produced, sold and shipped. First and foremost, we will be working with the mighty D&L Screenprinting in Seattle, a reputable company who does tremendous screenprint work. The FIRST BLOOD poster was designed specifically with screenprinting in mind and I’m excited to move into this new territory. 24″ x 36″, thick paper with a vicious colour variant. Mystery Box has also set up it’s own storefront coupled with a fulfillment company. This will be the platform where my posters will be sold, along with other Mystery Box artists.

We will be moving into production next week, and once we are further along I will have the onsale information to post. As always with these things, it’s best to follow me on Twitter to get details quick.

“THEY drew first blood! NOT me!”

Thursday poster launch

I’m busy putting the finishing touches on my next movie poster, which I’m going to post to the blog on Thursday. Like, tomorrow. This is a real exciting, and I’m still dazed that Ollie over at Mystery Box worked his magic. One of my favorite movies of all time. Shaking just thinking about it.

I’ll be writing some of the details, stories and motivations behind this one tomorrow. I’ve learned a lot about the alternative poster community over the past week and this poster will bring about a very different method of doing things around Signalnoise. The release will be handled differently, and I’ll outline some of those details tomorrow. This is the design launch, onsale info will be posted once we move more deeply into production.

So, 9am EST tomorrow morning we go live. Until then, I’ll continue to sweat bullets over here.