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InselFilme/Island Films Filmpodium Retrospective Poster
This summer I had the pleasure of continuing my work with Switzerland's Filmpodium* program and their annual Retrospective Series (see The Real Eighties and Marilyn Monroe from the past two years). The theme I worked on for this summer's program/lineup was Island Films (InselFilme, the German translation): movies from different eras that had an island as its setting/backdrop. Films that appeared in the series were Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), Island of Lost Souls, Tabu, Battle Royale, The Wicker Man, Sex and Lucia, I Walked with a Zombie, The Most Dangerous Game, Prospero's Books, Lord of the Flies, Edge of the World, and many more.
 
A handful of conceptual drafts were originally made. We finalized on the nautical themed/aged treasure map aesthetic. The aged yellow/gold tone was applied; the film-stills were overlayed on shapes that first started as outlines of islands but then altered to look like burned/ripped holes within the map. Ocean navigation lines were created to enhance the nautical design.
 
*Filmpodium is the most important non commercial art house cinema in the German speaking part of Switzerland. It specializes in retrospectives on film history (directors, actors, genres, countries and all kinds of topics) and in non commercial art house films. Filmpodium collaborates closely with the Swiss film archive located in Lausanne and with other Cinemathèques around the world.
Part of the original process: creating the ocean map look.
Copying the outline of islands from previous maps and applying them to the digital canvas and later embedding the ocean map as the backdrop. The high-res film-stills were then masqued into the island shapes.
Close-ups of the film stills. Lord of the Flies | Sex and Lucia | Mutiny on the Bounty | Battle Royale | The Wicker Man.
The final poster was created in an 89.5 cm x 128 cm canvas (35.24 in x 50.39 in).
Here is the poster on display in Zurich, Switzerland.
The Islands program is running from July 1 through September 21, 2014.
InselFilme/Island Films Filmpodium Retrospective Poster
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InselFilme/Island Films Filmpodium Retrospective Poster

Promotional poster I created for Switzerland's Filmpodium Retrospective Series: this year's theme being Island Films (InselFilme, the German tran Read More

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