Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login

:icontechgnotic:by techgnotic
Thu Mar 29, 2012, 7:00 PM

For many of us, the first “art gallery” to command our attention (and constant, even daily, monitoring) in our
lives existed within the pages of the local newspaper. It was called “the movie section” and its ever-changing movie
advertisements were like little frames that rarely contained less than pure magic for young imaginations.

The Film Poster has existed since the earliest days of silent movies and the pulse-elevating excitement of the
first sight of an upcoming adventure, action, or sweeping love story that we might have only “heard good things about”
still packs a psychic punch throughout movie lovers today.

It is the first “portal” for the imagination into just what this new adventure (or continuation of an already beloved
adventure) is going to be like in a few months. It’s that sometimes simple, sometimes cluttered first collage of exotic
locales, speeding cars, blazing gun barrels, massively-muscled heroes and deeply-cleavaged damsels all projecting some sort
of explosion that tells you that no matter how badly your life may be going at the moment, just hang on because your needed
adrenaline pick-me-up is on the way.

Ghost Rider Illustrated Movie Poster by nicolehayleyJaws Movie Poster by NewRandombellGodzilla by ron-guyatt

Film Posters are a special form of art in that besides being one of the earliest experiences of art that we have, as portals
for innocent wonder, they are also purposely brutal as marketing tools that can greatly enhance or totally wreck a movie’s chance
at success. If a film poster does not immediately and effectively communicate the essence of a movie in a way the excites the desire
of its intended audience, careers can be shortened or ended. The American movie and the film poster art so important to its domestic
and international releases are at once exercises in dreaming and wonder but also coldly calculated tools for economic life and death.
Sort of both the light side and the dark side of the American Dream as yin and yang elements of commercial storytelling.

Film Poster art so totally insinuates itself into our conscience and subconscious from a young age, that our perceptions and
evaluations of all visual arts can’t help but be influenced by the leading “masters” of this special art form.

How many of us know the name of Drew Struzan?

Even though his work on film posters have influenced every one to come after him or even the posters that might be hanging on your wall?

Richard Amsel’s Indiana Jones poster is so indelibly burned into a generation's brain that other art (in comics or even fine arts) not looking similar just don’t seem right.

SUPERMAN : MAN of STEEL 2012 by MedusoneBatman Beyond by tiguybou:thumb149738585:

It’s no wonder that there’s so much film poster fan art in deviantART. Re-imagining in attempt of re-capturing the first thrill of
awareness of what would eventually become a favorite movie is the sort of aesthetic wizardry that drives so many artists – to express
that first pulse, that first rush of what has now become an integral part of one’s “inner narrative,” one’s emotional and artistic
identity. It’s like a tribute to a core source of one’s evolving aesthetic and pop culture soul.

The best film poster art is almost magical, like a once-in-a-lifetime capturing of lightning in a bottle. The urban legend is
that director Ridley Scott (or was it one of his producers?) was checking out the test audience lined up on a sidewalk at midnight awaiting a
sneak preview of “Alien.” There he overheard one science geek saying to another what would become of his movie’s perfect poster tagline: “In
space no one can hear you scream.” That is “Alien” defined: the terror of no possible rescue in utter isolation. That is, in both its creation
and execution, real film poster magic.

Questions for the Reader

  1. Do you think Film Poster art will decline in its quality and creativity, now that movies are being packaged as DVDs or digitally downloaded?
  2. What was the first movie poster that made you crazed in wanting to see a movie? What’s the best recent film poster art you’ve seen?
  3. What’s your favorite movie poster of all time?
  4. Is there a movie poster you’d like to frame and hang in your home, simply for the genius artfulness of the poster, even the movie being advertised turned out to be horrible?
  5. What movie poster(s) hang(s) on the walls of your current dwelling?

Add a Comment:
Aoua Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
What a great article! The poster can make our desire to see a film, it's the first impression...

So, I think that it will always be a major part of a movie, just as the album cover for a CD.

One of the best recent film poster art I’ve seen was about 'Sin City', simple, yet elegant, capturing the atmosphere of the original graphic novel.

As for my favorite movie poster of all time, I would say the one for 'The Party' by Jack Davis.
SilentHill007 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1. maybe it will happen
2. Tae Guk Gi
3. Inception :D
4. not yet
5. not yet '_'
justicefrog Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, I sure hope the legions of fans from don't find out about this article. For the most part they feel that movie poster art is LOST, that we are now in the age of "badly-photoshopped-assembly-line-movie-posters." Mention the most recent series of Avengers posters, and you will incur their full wrath.

1. I have noticed a decline myself. Growing up in the eighties, it seemed like no two movie posters were the same. They were all fantastic, and it seemed like some actual thought went into their composition. Nowadays, go by your local theater and look at the marquees lined up outside. It's almost embarrassing to see two or three lined up next to each other that look so much alike. Some color schemes, same composition.... it's like they get the same two or three people now to design all the posters. I feel like the most well designed posters have always been the simplest, using mostly red and black schemes. Jurassic Park immediately springs to mind.

2. That would be Return of the Jedi, since it's the farthest back that I can remember. But I was in first grade, I didn't really understand art and design back then, I just loved Star Wars, hahaha. I remember the Temple of Doom poster as well. The first Captain America poster last year comes to mind as far as a recent, decent example, but before that I thought the posters for Inception and Dark Knight were fantastic (even though not using red and black schemes, they were still simplistic and imaginative).

3. Amsel's Raiders of the Lost Ark

4. See above

5. I don't have any posters hanging today, I had to get rid of all of them after starting a family! But before that I collected action movie posters in my college dorm room. And they were all John Woo films: The Killer, Hard Target, FaceOff, Broken Arrow, etc.
justicefrog Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
#1 Whoops! "Some color schemes" should read "SAME color schemes"
Takeshi357 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
1. It has already happened. The "floating heads" syndrome is a good example of that.
2. A poster alone has rarely made me want to see a movie; it might pique my curiosity but I can honestly say that usually I only see the posters AFTER the movie - I don't go to the cinemas all that often.
3. Hard to say, but if I had to pick one, it'd probably be the Polish poster for "The Terminator"; It's slightly more restrained than most Polish posters, and I love the alternate title they gave to it; you don't need to know Polish to tell it says "Electronic Murderer".
4. Absolutely; Zardoz and Caligula.
5. Star Wars (the original) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
wasleeper Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
To all the people who talk about great posters still coming out, I applaud your positive attitude but I think I need to make a point or two, so as to bring everyone back to earth. I wrote a paper for a graduate art class on the history and decline of the movie poster. It culminated with a short 7 question interview with Mr. Struzan himself (who was more than gracious in helping me out), who basically laid out his belief that in a general since the movie poster as art is dead. I agree and I will lay out my reasons here.

1. Several people mentioned that they are both art and advertising, however the few that are very well designed are utter failures in their intended purpose, lorellashray mentioned the Hunger Games, the wide release poster I saw is nothing more than a flaming eagle emblem. how does that tell me anything about the movie? The same for John Carter, I know several people who went to see that and thought it was an ok movie, but they almost skipped it because between bad trailers and a bad POSTER they had no idea what it was about.

2. Nearly all movie posters (except animated movies) are nothing but cut and pasted photocraped junk. I am not just saying that as a mostly traditional medium artist, Many all digital artists (some right here at deviant art) are capable of doing digital paintings that blow your mind, but again that is exactly opposite of what hollywood wants. They simply need a quickly, cheaply done bit of junketed advertising, to tease movies ahead of time.

3. Don't believe me? pick up a copy of Drews newest book, The Art of Drew Struzan, and read about his Hellboy movie poster. (The synopsis is Del Toro gnawed at the studio about getting Drew to do the poster, he is hired and paid, he turns in a great piece of true art, they sit it aside refuse to use it). The movie poster as art design maybe still be limping around but the movie poster as a true and unique form of fine art, is dead. Thank you Hollywood :P.
lorellashray Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student General Artist
also, fantastic article yet again, the examples are inspiring and the questions are always extremely thought provoking :D
lorellashray Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student General Artist
1. i'm completely confident they won't. After all, posters are a form of advertisement as well as art and without good advertisement films wouldn't be successful at all. Even as digital files, films would still need an image to be associated with, otherwise the only thing that would differentiate them in a list or menu would be their name. The fact always remains that people want to get glimpses of what the film will be like before they actually watch it, so i highly doubt poster art will decline in any way because it will always be necessary even as technology advances.
2. The best recent poster art i've seen would probably be the hunger games or the amazing spiderman. i may be biased towards the hunger games due to being a fan of the books but i still think the choice for the posters were fantastic, the flaming mockingjay is a main symbol in the book and easily identifiable for a hunger games fan, so makes a great poster and is very eye-catching in the use of colour. The amazing spiderman poster was slightly surreal. At first it looked like the spider with the 4 elongated legs used in the logo, but on closer inspection it turned out to be Peter Parker/spiderman perched up high between two adjacent walls, with the shape of the spider being created from the shadows cast by his limbs connecting with the walls.
3. don't really have a favourite, though i have to say i always find teaser posters more interesting than posters released closer to the film dates. The teaser posters tend to be more abstract and draw you in more, and generally more artistic (more like the examples you've given) i think.
4. probably the hunger games mockingjay poster, even though i thought the film was fantastic i would've still bought the poster simply because i like the content of it and how dramatic it is.
5. i don't usually buy movie posters, but sadly i do have one twilight poster (that someone bought for me a while ago) which i will promptly remove and replace with a hunger games one :)
sebastopolroad Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Its easy to romanticize the design of the past and dismiss anything current, but the fact is, there's just as much great design now as there has ever been, if not more. I don't think DVD and digital media have much to do with it, if anything that forces film makers to have to try even harder to get people to watch their film, since there is so much competition. The difference between current posters and past posters is that both film making and graphic design are exponentially more accessible than they ever have been before, so there are exponentially more films and more design being made than ever before. A lot of it is great, a lot of it is bad, which has always been true, but now there's more to sift through. You have to dig a little harder to find the gems, but they're still there.
Gr33nlant3rn Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yet another amazing article!!!I commend you on your writing style!!very pleasant and easy to understand! hope to see more on these kind of topics!!
Meioh-Sama Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
1. No as I still see plenty of creative posters.
2. Dark Knight, and recently Amazing Spider man.
3. Can't decide on a favourite.
4. Wrath of the Titans, awesome movie.
5. Tron Legacy.
Lem0nGin Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am eager to get to design my own movie posters someday <:
SparkleWolf7000 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the posters i have are Tangled, Avatar, Pirrates of the Caribbean #4, and Thor :)
PrincessofAshes Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A great article, and a fantastic topic. Films are some of the most incredible things we've created, and the art tat goes with them can be stunning.

1. Potentially, but I think not. People will try to inspire more for people to go and actually see the film, and as technology gets better there is more they can do with the poster. And obviously the genres of film allow for loads of different types of poster; from 'between the leg shots' to, as was said, montage style ones and then the more abstract. Like a book cover, before you see a trailer you see images from a film.

2. Something that made my childhood possibly, so Jurassic Park or E.T? Or even Tremors. I also really liked Drive, One Day and We Need to Talk about Kevin, even though One Day wasn't he best movie ever made(wasn't the worst). And Into the Wild was wonderful, though that was a photo rather than artwork. The best new one is definitely Prometheus; it looks amazing.

3. The Lion King will always make me smile, but then so does GhostBusters. Perhaps the Polish The Terminator? That is very cool. Also the Ghost in the Shell poster, the white one, and A Bittersweet Life. I'll say the Polish Terminator.

4. Possibly Reservoir Dogs? Though that's a very popular one. Or the Drive one featured here; love it! Potentially 2001: A Space Odyssey? That, particularly given it's age, has great artistic value I think.

5. Fightclub, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Little Miss Sunshine, The Thing, Prometheus, The Terminator, Alien, Perfect Blue, Blade Runner, Final fantasy 7: Advent Children, The Ghibli Collection, Tales From Earthsea, The Lion King, GhostBusters, Ghost in the Shell, District 9, Battle Royale, Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in our Early Days, 5 cm per Second, Final Fantasy: The spirits Within, Into the Wild, Drive, A Bittersweet Life, Pokemon+Disney+Pixar symbols/general. . . I think that's it. (most aren't full sized - I don't have that much wall space!)
Radifox Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
As the art of film has its highs and lows, so will the cover art that defines it. the DVD/BLU-RAY generation will continue to purify but also simplify the artwork to make it fit on the front of a dvd box. It has become more personal because the art now sits on your shelf instead of hanging in your imagination. The artist becomes apart of your collection and the aesthetic expression of your passion for the art. The artists are helping people define themselves by allowing them to now bring home a sliver of their original art. The movie poster will start to breach new mediums as fewer and fewer people get the real and organic exposure to their art. It is more important to refocus on making the art workable for the covers of dvd's and the margins of web pages.
blogybo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student General Artist
wow never thought of doing one...
Cristiana2499 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's a great idea

deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
Silverlute Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012   Digital Artist
I thought photos of actors aren't stock. Unless you got permission from the photographer...

Competine Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1. I don't think so.. There are always movie posters in front of the cinemas that make us go in and see what that film is all bout. And there will always be people who will work hard to make them look great and intriguing. For some people it's their main occupation to make posters, and they will always do same good job, if not better. :)
2. I don't remember the first poster that made me crazed, but it would probably be one of the huge canvas hand painted posters that used to hang on the side of our old cinema (which looked like it fell out of the Gotham city 8))..
And about the recent ones.. I think it was poster for Wu Xia (Swodsman, or Dragon) [link] mainly because I'm a huge fan of dhinese/japanese calligraphy (it's beautiful 8o) + the old style in which characters are drawn.
3. I can't really give answer to this one, because there are many posters I love! And if I said one, I would probably come back 10 minutes afterwards and think ''no, that's not it, it should be this one..''.. So I will answer this question together with the 4th.
4. I always wanted to hang Godfather poster, because I absolutely love the film, and they made the poster perfect! It's simple, bit it tells the whole story.. Vito, the title, and marionette strings! But one of the posters I recently saw is this: [link] and I instantly fell in love with it! Not just because I used to be a Trekkie, but because I love the lineart and the colour! Also Daniel Dangers posters (for Woman in black).. He can really bring in the creep of the film into the posters (although he doesn't need inspiration in films, he can do it excellently by himself :OO). Then this is this one I adore: [link] It's just as chaotic as the film, and would look perfect on the wall. Poster for Drive up above I saw recently and tought how great it was. Love the idea, love the colours! And, for the end, this one: [link] Moon!
5. I unfortunately don't have a movie poster hanging on my wall, although I plan to get one sooner or later!!!
Competine Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ooh, I forgot about this one: [link] Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira! This would be one of the posters I absolutely will have one day! It's great!
thewalkingman Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you think Film Poster art will decline in its quality and creativity, now that movies are being packaged as DVDs or digitally downloaded?

I think we're actually in an upswing at the moment. We were (and in someways still are) in a pretty dark time for movie posters. Poorly photoshopped composites of publicity photos replaced hand painted works of art. But, as you've pointed out, there's a pretty exciting movement toward artistic, well crafted posters, and it seems to be making its way into the mainstream as well. For instance the wonderful poster for Ti West's The Innkeepers. [link]
Now that people are able to put their own art online and it can become popular via the internet, it's becoming easier for interesting and exciting art to start getting incorporated into mainstream marketing. Before, people just took what was given to them because that's all they knew. But now, people are being exposed to better and better art, so they are starting to expect it from studios as well.
That's my hope anyway.

What was the first movie poster that made you crazed in wanting to see a movie? What’s the best recent film poster art you’ve seen?
I don't know about the first... Mostly I remember video boxes that I liked, and I don't think of that as really the same thing. The box for Return of the Living Dead was one I remember really liking. As for recent poster art, that Innkeepers poster was pretty fantastic. That poster for American The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was pretty ballsy and fantastic.

What’s your favorite movie poster of all time?
I'm sure one of the Drew Struzan posters. Raiders of the Lost Ark probably. I'm not a big Harry Potter guy, but his poster for Philosopher's Stone is absolutely breathtaking. [link]
Which makes the subsequent photoshoped messes that much more disappointing.

Is there a movie poster you’d like to frame and hang in your home, simply for the genius artfulness of the poster, even the movie being advertised turned out to be horrible?
The poster for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is pretty nice. Again Drew Struzan. [link]

What movie poster(s) hang(s) on the walls of your current dwelling?
In my office I've got the following posters hanging up:
High Tension [link]
Planet of the Apes [link]
Hostel 2 (an example where I like the poster better than the movie itself, though I do like the movie... I just REALLY like the poster) [link]
Jaws [link]
Wolverine (There's a good example. I love the poster, didn't particularly like the movie. That one's just a little mini-poster. 14x17 or something) [link]
I've got another mini-poster for the movie Wizards [link]
A miniposter of The Empire Strikes Back (a Struzan one) [link]
A Nightmare on Elm Street [link]
The Big Lebowski [link]
and that's about it. I've got other movie related posters up (these are all in my office) but not actual movie posters or prints. Just like, other kinds of promotional stuff.
thewalkingman Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
actually, I'm not sure that Empire poster IS a Struzan. I may be mistaken on that.
BrotheroftheGreyWolf Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student General Artist
1. I don't really think so, movie posters will always be around as will movie theaters. No matter how much people will download, there will always be decent people going to theaters watching trailers and posters, buying DVD's and soundtracks. I don't really worry about that.

2. I really loved the posters for The Last Airbender, the movie sucked though. But the art department, costume design, prop design really did a great job for that film which made the poster really stand out to me.

3. I really like the poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1. It just really shows what the movie is about, 3 teenagers on the run. Though I have to say there's this poster for Lord of the Rings the Fellowship of the Ring which is really awesome. It's a painting of the moment where they row past the statues of the old kings. I really love that thing. And Inception maybe, 'cause it's just weird.

4. Ooh, I'd love to frame the Lord of the Rings one. I might just do that!

5. There is a Poster from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on my wall, a friend got it from the movie theater so it's huge! It's a big Quiditch themed one. And I used to have one from the Chronicles of Narnia, the Lion the Which and the Wardrobe.
Oni-Gan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Do not watch movies. I watch soap operas I love a good story, but not stupid spetsefektov.
1. Unfortunately yes
2. a. 1 season of TRUE BLOOD.
b. TV series House M.D. [link]

Sorry for my English. I do not speak English.
Oni-Gan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Maybe I'm not quite correctly translated some of the issues. :)
xX-Tabataba-Xx Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Q1: Maybe...I have no real opinion on the subject.
Q2: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland movie poster! A recent best poster art I've seen...would have to be the upcoming movie Avengers posters. Marvel FTW.
Q3: Hmm...most likely the Nightmare Before Christmas's orginal video tape cover. :aww:
Q4:Nightmare Before Christmas's because I just love the cartooney art used in the posters!
Q5: Nightmare before Christmas...2 posters. Lol :P
ThePhantomsMUSE Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Perhaps.
2. I don't recall a first, but Hunger Games has great posters.
3. I dunno. I haven't found one that stands out. Deathly Hallows had really detailed ones, though.
4. The Mockingjay poster, when it comes out. I hate Mockingjay, but I'm gonna buy the poster anyway.
5. The first three Twilight films (too lazy to take them down), the Mad Hatter from the newer Alice in Wonderland, and The Hunger Games.
MajorZeroGravity Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. No; I believe that as long as there are artists who feel the creative need to summarize an entire film in one image or collage of images, movie post art will be safe.
2. I really don't know what the first poster which evoked this feeling was; for the most part, it is a film's score, or connection with another interst of mine which makes me want to see a movie, and then I stumble upon the poster. However, perhaps the poster to the film "9" had something to do with me eventually viewing the movie.
3. That's a tough question, and one which I have often thought about. However, now that I am faced with it, I'm not entirely sure. I may have to say the cover to the film "2001: A Space Odyssey", which is a piece of art itself. [link]
4. I don't know, maybe the poster for "Another Earth", considering that I've never actually seen it.
5. District 9, 9, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Moon, The X-Files (Mulder's UFO "I Want to Believe" one).
scruffynerfherder11 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Student General Artist
1. I think that the traditional art world has indeed felt it's wounds within the digital age, but I think that the digital world also presents a whole new way of creating, distributing, and appreciating poster art. The same goes for Album covers- just because we seem to have ended a sort of 'golden age' of posters, doesn't mean we need to remember the past. Look to the future. As long as people want it, and are inspired to do so, it will happen.

2. One of the, Okay not the FIRST, but I was pretty hyped for the fourth Indiana Jones film, the teaser poster was awesome. Too bad the movie wasn't as awesome as we hoped. And MORE recently, I'd say Prometheus. te4ghrtegers i can't wait.

3. Teaser Poster for The Dark Knight, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark

4. Blade Runner, but the Drew Struzan painting he did later on. Wowowow. Also, Robocop. lolol Part man. Part Machine. ALL COP. #likeaboss

5. Back to the Future, Indiana Jones 1,2,3, A Fistfull of Dollars, Terminator, Dawn of the Dead, the Dark Knight, Star Wars 4/5/6, Star Trek, King Kong, Sweeney Todd.
morales77 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
1. Agreed, screw the size of the packaging, it still needs the image. Album art didn't die when we all went to CD...

2. It was "Godzilla Vs. The Thing," had to see the movie to see that it was Mothra behind the big question mark on the poster. Have to say that the series of character advances for "The Immortals" had me very impatient.

3.There was a secondary poster for 1972's "The Poseidon Adventure" by Mort Künstler (who did the famous version set in the upside-down dining room) that was amazing, set in the capsized engine room with every character looking up at a hanging Gene Hackman.

4.Want an original of 1977's "The Gauntlet" by Frank Frazetta. Goofy movie, guilty pleasure. Poster, however, is sublime.

5. "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly," "Diamonds Are Forever."
lenv3cold Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. Well, that's like asking the question 'Will twilight fans ever agree on who Bella belongs with?'. The answer is no. I think that the further we get into technology, the better movie posters that'll be dished out to us. Personally, posters rarely enthrall me to go see a film, unless it shows a actor I recognize or a sequel to something I have watched, or something like that.

2. The first movie poster that made me want to see a movie really badly was probably the poster for the movie Pokemon: The Power of One. It was literally EVERYWHERE I looked, and it made me proud to be the little girl who loved Pokemon! The best one recently would be a tie for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (the one with the burning hogwarts that says "The War Has Only Begun.") and The Hunger Games poster (all of them ,really). I felt they both really captured both the dramatic essence of the movies and still showed me a bit of what to expect from the movie itself.

3. Favorite of all time? Probably a tie between the tow mentioned above. Most of the Harry Potter posters I have seen have made me wish I had been around the fandom when they came out.

4. I'd love to frame The Hunger Games one with the mocking jay pin that says GIRL ON FIRE. It's like the took the essence of the entire series and put it on the poster. Oh wait...THEY DID.

5. Three currently reside on my door (not counting the giant 3 feet by 4 feet one that hangs above my bed for Bleach):

HP+TDH Part 2 : It's one that I got from my movie theater while going into the theater. It has a ruined hogwarts in the background with a gray sky, and the entire Hogwarts Army standing side by side, holding hands with all their battle scars, with Harry standing at the front, holding his wand to the side. At the bottom it says:

United We Stand
United We Fall
For Hogwarts, The Only Sun
The War Has Finally Been Won.

Can't find it anywhere on the internet...must have been a limited edition one :D

Kung Fu Panda 2 : Also gotten from my theater. It's a shaded army standing behind Po as he stands on one foot, the other on his leg, and puts a fist into his palm, and he smirks.

At the bottom-

Prepare For Bodacious Awesomeness.

Puss And Boots: Love that movie XD Also from my theater. It's Puss in a dark background, tipping his hand and ready to pull out his sword.

On the side it says "Oh, You KNOW You Want Some Of This."
PainthatImausedto Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
1. I think that if the movie poster goes away, the art will just be reformatted to DVDs and online graphics.

2. The first movie poster that made me really want to see it would probably be "Star Trek The Motion Picture" in 1979 - that one and Tim Burton's "Batman." There was something very exciting about the simplicity of the bat symbol on black with the release date below that made me crazy about seeing that. A really good recent poster for me would be either "Black Swan" or "The Dark Knight."

3. Not technically a movie poster, but there was a poster painted by John Berkey that came with the Star Wars soundtrack album in 1977. That was awesome in it's awesomeness.

4. John Berkey's Star Wars poster. See #3

5. "Captain America: The First Avenger" currently hangs in my living room above my fireplace.
JAE462 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
as long as there is a story to be told............. posters will be forever
TheWabbajackX Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1) Personally, I feel movie posters will continue to improve, but I wish they'd go back to the way they were before when they were hand drawn like the original Star Wars posters. I haven't seen a movie poster in years that really wow'd me. Not an official one anyway. The talented people here on deviantART have really boggled my mind. Some of my favorites on here are these:
2) The first poster I remember that made me so excited was The Lost World: Jurassic Park. JP1 was the first movie I ever saw and loved it. Couldn't wait to see the second and wasn't disappointed. Still not.
3) Favorite is Jurassic Park. It's really subtle with just that logo and is my favorite movie.
4) Any of the movie posters I linked in this comment I would love to get a full sized version of and hang up on my wall. Love them all.
5) When I was a kid, I had a Lost World: Jurassic Park poster that had a special device on it that when you pushed the button, it would make sound effects. Parents got rid of it long ago. I am very :(
TurboB Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Q: Do you think Film Poster art will decline in its quality and creativity, now that movies are being packaged as DVDs or digitally downloaded?
A: I truly believe poster "art" will undoubtedly improve, and impress us even more, especially now with the advent of digital rendering and painting, but of course only if studios choose to once again put value in that form of advertizing art again. The movie poster used to be our first glimpse at a new and upcoming film; now we can read about rumours at least a full year in advance. Perhaps the Web's diarhea of content overload has killed our wonder in the "one sheet".

Q: What was the first movie poster that made you crazed in wanting to see a movie? What’s the best recent film poster art you’ve seen?
A: i)This loaded question is twofold, because I was five years old, and the stunning and (somewhat titilating) poster for Jaws (Roger Kastel of The Empire Strikes Back fame) had me both terrified, but extremely anxious to to see it as well. (I was eleven before I finally saw it on cable TV).
ii)Believe it or not, in recent years, my favourite poster has absolutely got to be "Rambo--2008", the version where we see him from the back in the rain, holding that crazy knife he made. I think I love it because of its simplicity, and its effectiveness and setting the mood for such a disturbing and ubber-violent film. At the time, the print was either sold out locally, or exhorbitant to order from overseas, so I painted a full-sized version for myself in monochromatic oils.

Q: What’s your favorite movie poster of all time?
A: It still has to be Jaws--1975, but Rollerball and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (the last 2 both by the late Bob Peak) come in a close second and third.

Q: Is there a movie poster you’d like to frame and hang in your home, simply for the genius artfulness of the poster, even the movie being advertised turned out to be horrible?
A: Bob Peak's Excalibre (refracted/reflected light overload): loved the poster--absolutely loathed the film.

Q: What movie poster(s) hang(s) on the walls of your current dwelling?
A: All of the old-style STAR WARS film posters--the ones I recalled from the theatre when I was young; and original Jaws on heavy cardstock 30x40 inches from a Quebec theatre; and of course a re-print of Grease, from 1978, mostly because i still carry the eternal torch for Olivia Newton-John.
purplealchemist Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
1.Perhaps in some occations. I know a lot of people, including myself who still love going to the theaters to see a great movie than waiting for it to come to Netflix and download it. Also in the theaters they have the huge posters over the popcorn stands and it gives the feeling of what you are going to be watching.
2.Hetalia Axis Powers:Paint it white!(the Movie). Once I learned they were making a movie-I was all in. For the second question hmmm I think the deathly hallows posters. The dramatic art is very moving, and it presents the feeling of excitement.
3. Of all time? Well let's see. . . I think a Star Wars movie poster. Like the third one or something.
4. I wouldn't say the movie is horrible, but maybe a Bleach poster.
5. Well I have a rather tiny movie poster of the new Fullmetal Alchemist Movie:Sacred Star of Milos. But besides that-The Beatles :)
Valforwing Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
the old jurrassic park posters are my faves
my other fave poster would be the posters released for Digimon The Movie
they are full of stuff that had been cut out of the english release of them film. and lots of cool errors that at that day and age i would never have had access to.
ditraxis Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
q: Do you think Film Poster art will decline in its quality and creativity, now that movies are being packaged as DVDs or digitally downloaded?

a: Nope. With everything becoming digitalized, we are going to need movie posters to make us want to download or buy the movie. It is our first glimpse of what could be.

q: What was the first movie poster that made you crazed in wanting to see a movie? What’s the best recent film poster art you’ve seen?

a: I would honestly have to say that it would be the poster for Lost in Space from when I was a kid. As far as recently, Tron Legacy would take the cake.

q: What’s your favorite movie poster of all time?

a: The classic Tron posters.

q: Is there a movie poster you’d like to frame and hang in your home, simply for the genius artfulness of the poster, even the movie being advertised turned out to be horrible?

a: It isn't a movie poster, but its a poster for StarWars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords .

q: What movie poster(s) hang(s) on the walls of your current dwelling?

StarWars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace , game poster Halo 4, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
toonaimiak Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hard Candy.
Gotta be one of the best movie posters I've ever seen. I'd heard absolutely nothing about it before seeing the poster and was instantly intrigued.
FaDemian Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I also tinbk there less art and more banners on movie posters !!
The one that I love it's "The Blob" Poster I wanted to watch tahta movie so bad.. And also "The Ghostbusters "one .
Poster used to be so cool and artistic back in the day !!
JWFundingsland Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Artist
1. In my opinion i think it'll cause the art to get better! Evolve if you will as the movies get better.
2. I think that would be Army of Darkness and the latest would be the last Mission Impossible.
3. Charade
4. Star Wars
5. The Dark Knight; Joker
jakobuseteria Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
very useful intro/prompt article, thanks
kenyrandy666 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Un toque artistico que siempre resalta la pelicula a los ojos de cualquiera, un gran papel que capta la atencion de cualquiera(siempre que haya sido bien creado!)
CorpseCruncher Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1- Like with all art, there are times some wane and other times they enjoy a resurgent in popularity. Poster art has survived all the eons its been around and will still be here be it in its true poster form or via a smaller poster format.

2 - My first Poster was for Kubricks Clockwork Orange. Being banned made it all the more desirable. War Horse is top of my recent poster faves.

3 - As for the best film poster art wise its between the iconic famous leg scene, for 'The Graduate' poster; and Film poster Artist Drew Struzan's Bladerunner [link]

4- Several, Bullitt with Steve McQueen. The Great Escape - McQueen on the bike. War Horse. Struzans Bladerunner. Masque of the Red Death, and for the laugh it always gives me Its a mad mad mad mad mad world.

5- Breakfast at Tiffany's, Teenage Mother (1967) The Outlaw(1943) Quadrophenia Love Story (1970) and The Yellow Submarine.
voya Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
1. I think the general quality of the movie poster has declined, not because of DVD or digital streaming, but because in recent years virtually all of them have opted out of fully painted works of art in favor of the ever popular (and cheaper) Photoshop composite. Gone are dedicated artists like Drew Struzan, James Bama, and Tom Jung whose visions idealized the essence of the movie represented.

2. The first movie poster that ever captured my imagination was Tim and Greg Hildebrandt's epic depiction of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in that now iconic one-sheet that is forever etched in our pop-culture consciousness. I think the last great movie poster that captured the same sense of wonder was Drew Struzans beautiful Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

3. My favorite poster of all time has to be the Star Wars (Ep 4) Style "C" one-sheet by artist, Tom Chantrell.

4. Actually, I didn't think this was a bad movie, but I LOVE the art deco-styled poster for The Rocketeer. One of my all-time favorites.

5. Currently hanging on the wall of my home office are all of the Star Wars: Special Edition posters by Drew Struzan.
DAnnsCreations Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
1. I would like to believe that Movie Poster Art will always be with us, it's what has drawn us out of our homes to a big auditorium/theatre, to see awesome, spectacular shows of imagination, like you said, "Imagination's Portal" :D

2. Gone With the Wind, then True Grit, the John Wayne one, and Up the Down Staircase with Sidney Poitier. Later, The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins .... oh, you have brought back some OLD memories with this one!! :blowkiss: Most recent ... Resident Evil, ;P I think it was the Armageddon one? :giggle: We watch more Netflix than actually going out any more. :rofl:

3. The movie Exodus with Paul Newman

4. Oh YES!! Do you remember The Sting with Paul Newman and Robert Redford or The Great Gatsby, there are soo many!

5. *hangs head none hang here, though I am working on painting a picture/wall mural of San Francisco for our bedroom ... very S L O W going :rofl: first we need our roof finished, then we can think of our bedroom :icondelightfulplz:

This was FUN! :w00t!:
fruitsbasket14 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
wait what is this about, like are they giving people an offer or something?
TibbyCosplay Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
1) Yes, people would be too focused on desining the Dvd cover, and wouldn't care for the movie poster.
2)N/A (tooo many to chose from)
3) see 2
4) Don't hang things on wall I plaster them. (extermely old way of putting posters on buildings.)
5) See 4.
Squadlala-the-13th Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love these ideas !
Add a Comment:

:icontechgnotic: More from techgnotic

Featured in Collections

Jornais by peepson

Journals by Arckanda

Good to read by DianaGrigore

More from DeviantArt


Submitted on
March 29, 2012
Submitted with Writer


63,691 (4 today)
604 (who?)