Munn Meets MoMA

Indie rock/film poster artist, Jason Munn (Alamo Drafthouse, etc.) just went legit as SFMoMA recruited him be part of the museum’s Artist Series.

With that designation under his belt, he designed an eye-popping quartet of Saul Bass-ish graphics that are now on sale at Munn’s website or the SFMoMA museum store!

The Art of Copy

We all know the movie stars, producers, and directors whose names appear on the movie poster credits of our favorite films — but what about those unsung creators who come up with the taglines on these posters? Meet one who was recently written up in The New York Times

Sneak Peak

ImpAwards has all the info if you want to pre-order a new movie poster book by 60s and 70s design icon, Bob Peak

Crazy 4 Movie Posters!

If you’re into indie underground artists such as Eric Tan and Shepard Fairey, then you might be ready to get brainwashed by Crazy4Cult: Cult Movie Art ($34.95), a new movie poster book from UK publisher, Titan Books.

This book is based on a past celebrated art/film show that debuted a few years ago at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles

The Miracle of Martinati

In the past, you’ve heard about the infamous Italian trio of artists who dubbed themselves The BCM Studio (BallesterCapitani-Martinati) — but I’ve yet to dedicate a single post to the movie posters credited solely to Luigi Martinati. So hang onto your hats, folks, because it doesn’t get much better than this…

Of course, if you want to be a true foglio aficionado, then do your eyes a favor and check out Dave Kehr’s enchanting-yet-simply-titled book, Italian Film Posters. (via Chisholm-Larsson and MoviePosterDB)

The Art of Drew Struzan

If you’re a movie poster fan who likes the stories behind the one-sheets, then be sure to check out The Art of Drew Struzan book (not to be confused with The Movie Posters of Drew Struzan). This elegant coffeetable edition on the legendary 80s movie poster maker shows off Struzan’s huge oeuvre as well as provides an insightful look at his thought process, displaying the many different versions of designs — including lots of rejects — he has come up with over the years.

With an introduction by Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption), Struzan tells of his joys and frustrations with the movie poster biz, including how he didn’t actually meet Harrison Ford in person until 2010 (well after the proven popularity of his Indiana Jones posters) and how he recycled this unused Crocodile Dundee art (below) into the classic Coming To America movie poster…

Go With Gid!

It’s pretty apparent that Raymond Gid (1905-2000) was a God-fearing man if you judge him by some of his stark, dramatic movie poster designs that reflect deep religious overtones.

Blessed with a mastery of typography, Gid went on to publish a number of books on liturgical and medieval texts — but he did not look down his nose upon commercial illustration, as he later created a set of famous advertising posters for Bally.

The Russians Are Coming!

In the past, I haven’t featured many ANY Russian movie posters on the Meansheets, but here’s a colorful trifecta that seem worthy of mentioning — Solaris, The Professional, and the 80’s Mel Gibson drama, The River.

(*Full Disclosure: the Solaris poster (top left) was featured prominently on the cover of the excellent Art of the Modern Movie Poster book.)

Clint’s Gold

Reel Art Press has an interview up on their website with Bill Gold, frequent Clint Eastwood collaborator and author of their previously released coffeetable book, Bill Gold: Posterworks.