Illustrated movie posters are explore here through their beginnings, history, the artists behind them, and their recent resurgence started with Mondo and their artist posters of older films that have become highly collectible and wanted. Directed by Kevin Burke, this documentary starts with the history of the medium and interviews with knowledgeable people and artists. This part of the film is filled with historical facts and anecdotal stories. The film spends a bit of time on the history, where posters can from, why are they the sizes that they are, why they look a certain way, their evolution, etc.
Then the film shifts to Mondo posters and other artist renditions and new creations of posters for older films, the 24×36 posters that collectors love and want to have as many as they can. This is done through interviews with artists, people who run poster companies, and collectors. Part of those people is Rob Jones of Mondo, who is pretty much credited with starting this poster movement and the rebirth of movie poster collecting. Also, artists like Laurent Durieux, an artist who has contributed a lot of designs for Mondo, including an amazing series of Back to the Future inspired posters that reinvent the film’s marking with a new look that it all his. Other artists interviewed are Tracie Ching, Matthew Chojnacki, Sharm Murugiah, and Gary Pullin.
Many others who are company runners, magazine editors, movie directors (Joe Dante for example), and a bunch of collectors discuss the interest an appeal of these posters and why they are so collectible. Also discussed is the after-market or second market for these that seem the posters sell on eBay for tens of times more than what was paid for them. This documentary is well shot with cinematography by its director Kevin Burke and editing by him as well. The film looks great and shows plenty of art which is what any fan of posters wants with a documentary such as this.
The film is well done and informative, but this reviewer found herself wanting them to dig deeper into the original poster art, the painted posters, maybe get interviews with painters that are currently working such as Graham Humphreys and Aaron Kai who would have been a good counterbalance for the artist who poopoo’d photo-realistic paintings as he does both photo-realistic and less so paintings for posters and sales art. The film is nonetheless well-round and entertaining to watch and should appeal to poster collectors in particular.
Blood In The Snow Film Festival runs until November 27th, 2016.