Archive for August, 2014


 

Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground

Rich Kelly’s art sheets encapsulate everything a great alternate art poster should do. They tell the story, the style and the theme of a movie in a way that is powerful and original while still displaying an artist’s identifiable style.

12 Years a Slave achieves its haunting ambiguity by showing slavery and its imaginative release in Solomon Northup tools of his pre-slave trade–a violin slowly grinding away at the chains of his captivity. The mud of the mundane world gets reflected and transformed in the pool of imagination that is a symbolic representation of Hushpuppy’s child-like mind. The same for the snake slithering from a street that creates the great childhood battle on the Kings of Summer sheet. The single rays of sunshine that spotlight Llewyn Davis on his street walk are oblivious to the pedestrians walking around him in the Inside Llewyn Davis poster.

Every one of them calls you to see the movies again with new eyes.

Like many other artists before him, Kelly got his start doing album covers, particularly for the Dave Matthews Band. You can find those and other Kelly art at http://rfkelly.com/.

12 Years a Slave

A Piece of the Action

Attack Position

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Breaking Bad

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Django Unchained

Down By Law

Escape From the Planet of the Apes

Ghost Busters

Hard Eight

Inside Llewyn Davis

Kings of Summer

Son of Frankenstein

The Place Beyond the Pines

The Sword in the Stone

Wild at Heart

Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art 2

Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art


Ridley Scott has been accused of white-washing history and the Bible with his latest film Exodus: Gods and Kings.  All of Gods and Kings top level cast is white (Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver) while the background and minor supporting characters which are mostly slave and servant parts,  are being played by a somewhat racially diverse, but mostly black cast.

A social media campaign #BoycottExodusMovie is calling for people to boycott the film upon its release.

In an interview writer David Dennis notes “Not only are all the main characters white, but the servants, thieves and assassins are played by Africans. To make the main characters white and everyone else African is cinematic colonialism.”

Australian actor, Joel Edgerton, who plays Pharaoh in the movie, in an interview with SBS, responded “I got asked to do a job and it would have been very hard to say no to that job.  But I do say that I am sensitive to it and I do, I do understand and empathize with that position.”

After remaining mute for months on the controversy, Ridley Scott quietly addressed the issue in an interview with Yahoo Movies.

Q: You said you cast Exodus very ‘carefully.’ Could you expand on that?

A: I guess being a director, in some ways, is like being the captain of a sports team, like a soccer team, and you have to make sure that you have every position covered really well because that will help you to win the game. So I always look on making a film as a partnership and that’s what casting is all about, whether it’s the star or the guy with one line. And by doing that you enable them to feel confident to try things out and feel free to suggest things. And over the years I’ve got the best results from actors who really are my partners in the process and it makes it all the more enjoyable. In this instance I’d met Christian four or five years ago when we had a cup of tea together and a rich tea biscuit in LA and he said ‘what are we going to do together?’ And I said ‘well, I’ll come up with something..’ and it wasn’t until five years later when I was thinking about the idea of Exodus and Moses being this kind of larger than life character who, at the same time, has to be played definitively as a very real person, that I thought of Christian and I knew he was the right actor for the role. It’s not a fantasy. Ramses certainly wasn’t a fantasy and somewhere Moses is very much written down and indicated and believed. So it’s a real thing.

Q: What was in your mind when you set about creating this international cast?

Egypt was – as it is now – a confluence of cultures, as a result of being a crossroads geographically between Africa, the Middle East and Europe. We cast major actors from different ethnicities to reflect this diversity of culture, from Iranians to Spaniards to Arabs. There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the Egyptian people, and we had a lot of discussions about how to best represent the culture.

Q: Are you concerned about how religious communities will receive the film?

A: I try to be as respectful and honest as possible, because my job is to put myself in the position of that man, as near as I can do it, and tell his story. I do that in partnership with an actor – in this case a wonderful actor, Christian Bale – and we want to honour the story and the man. I spent a lot of time casting this film and we cast it very carefully. And as I said, I think our actors have done a wonderful job.

Q: At the heart of the story is the relationship between Moses and Ramses. It’s a very human story of two men raised as brothers who end up on opposite sides. Was that part of the appeal, too.

A: Absolutely. Moses is Ramses’ brother in all but blood. They were very fond of each other and they were raised as brothers, but Ramses would always be first place, and Moses would never be in that position, but there was no competition. Moses didn’t want it – I think he was perfectly happy to be number two. Number two is a much easier position to be in. You have a better time (laughs).


The Croatian digital artist Seventy Two has created a startling beautiful and eloquent interpretation on the origin story for some of the Disney Princesses.  The series is more of a homage to the source than to the movies.  These are adults caught in a dream that both defines and confines them, princesses existing in a happy-ever- after that is still magical but also an elegy.

My favorites, Jasmine and Pocahontas, are the ones who have created a comfortable, somewhat fulfilling coexistence with the magical and natural that is all around them.

Let me know yours favorites in the comment section.

You can find more of Seventy Two’s art at http://seventytwostudio.com/

Via Geek Tyrant

Disney Princesses Get Gender Bent

Posted: August 25, 2014 in Movies

There’s a sub-genre of Disney Princess fan art that delights in gender bending. Some of it is gay related and inspired– switching Princesses to Princes so that two males fall in love. It is pretty harmless since almost of all of it stays in infatuation mode.

Digital art student TT manages to do the gender switch and still keep the innocence and essential spirit and character of each Princess intact. I think the results are a little bit shocking but not so far off the norm that it is a turn-off.

Let me know what you think in the comment section.

To see more of TT’s work go to http://lettherebedoodles.tumblr.com/.

Via WeGeekGirls


Star Wars VII is generating some awesome fan art.  It is likely to stay that way until all the Episode VII rumors start dieing down and the reality of press marketing, poster and trailer releases start kicking in as the slated December 18, 2015 release date nears.  Realistically, the first studio produced posters and trailers should be released about June 2015, adhering to the new six month MPAA guidelines.

The latest and greatest example of VII fan art comes from Ukrainian based digital designer AndrewSS7.  His clear love for painting Empire/Rebel wreckage is displayed in the “After Math” title.  Even with the older, now incorrect, release date attached it is still pretty neat work.

To see more of AndrewSS7’s work got to:

http://andrewss7.deviantart.com/

 



Naomi Romero
Naomi Romero

Rocket Raccoon and Groot are such a great pair that they deserve the own origin prequel. Their relationship is the freakiest and sweetest love story between animal and vegetable, pet and master, inter-species one and inter-species two ever.

Here is a great collection of fan art that displays their love.

AdiFitri
AdiFitri
Alberto Novajo
Alberto Novajo
Arne
Arne
Arthur Adams
Arthur Adams
Axel Medelin
Axel Medelin
Ayne S
Ayne S
Chris Umiga
Chris Umiga
Daniel Warren Johnson
Daniel Warren Johnson
David Petersen
David Petersen
Dijana Granov
Dijana Granov
Dugong
Dugong
Isaac Goodhart
Isaac Goodhart
Jee Hyung Lee
Jee Hyung Lee
Joey Spiotto
Joey Spiotto
Justin Ponsor
Justin Ponsor
Katie A.M.
Katie A.M.
Meador
Meador
Michael Pasquale
Michael Pasquale
Mike Mitchell
Mike Mitchell
Mike S. Henderson
Mike S. Henderson
Naomi Romero
Naomi Romero
Otis Frampton
Otis Frampton
Quyen
Quyen
Ric Tercio
Ric Tercio
Richard Cox
Richard Cox
Ryan Benjamin
Ryan Benjamin
Sasha Lefebvre
Sasha Lefebvre
Stephen Hartman
Stephen Hartman
TalonFoxTrot
TalonFoxTrot
Tom Bancroft
Tom Bancroft
Tom Bancroft
Tom Bancroft
Tom Hodges
Tom Hodges
Wertilo
Wertilo
ZZigae
ZZigae