Friday, January 27, 2012

Promotional Material:
African Film Poster Painting

Check out this amazing rendition of the Drew Struzan poster used to promote showings of the film in Africa-


This painting was used to advertise a mobile film screening in Ghana. What you are seeing here is an actual oil painting used for promotion- not a print or a copy.

Here's a little more info on how these were used (taken from a book based on this procedure):

"During the 1980s a group of entrepreneurs in Ghana created small-scale, mobile film-distribution empires, hitting the road with videocassettes, television monitors, portable gas-powered generators and rolled-up, hand-painted, artist-signed canvas posters. This new medium created the first opportunity for some of the best young painters in Ghana to express themselves on a public scale. In the frequent absence of an original image upon which to base the work they had been commissioned to produce, the artists inevitably created cinematic paintings that were largely interpretive and imagination-driven."

The painting is actually for sale right now here: MOTU Painting On Etsy. If I had the extra cash, I would be all over it. Even though we've seen this art many times before... hearing how this came to be is quite cool. :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Pre-Production Art:
Gwildor Case Study

Pictures of this amazing Gwildor case study were posted by Theresa Cardinali, who is listed in the film credits as being part of the crew. The maquette was produced to give a three-dimensional rendering of Gwildor's look before filming began. Theresa's explanation follows the pics...



1987 Masters of the Universe Costume design study for Character: Gwildor. I was literally asked to sculpt this figure over night by Gary Goddard, Director and my boss at at the time at Landmark Entertainment Group. Artwork designs were provided. I was especially intrigued by making all the accouterments Gwildor was wearing and holding. Joe De Reis, My art director at the time, completed the figure finishing in even less time then i had to sculpt. Joe are in the film credits and listed as Other Crew. The Maquette went missing after the film was finished but, I am sure it has a good home... -Theresa Cardinali

This is a truly amazing piece that shows the detail that went into every aspect of this film. I would love to know where this ended up!

To see more of Theresa's work, check out her Flickr account HERE.

... and a huge thanks to Tallstar for finding these pictures!