You may remember a few weeks back that Mondo released a screen print of Drew Struzan‘s The Thing. It was a huge deal for fans and collectors because not only could they own a piece of art from one of the best movie poster artists ever, the image itself was incredibly iconic and instantly recognizable. What we didn’t know at that time was the team from Machinima tagged along and documented the whole thing.
In the below series of videos, you get a look both behind the scenes at Mondo, but also at Struzan’s house, a talk with director John Carpenter and even a peek into the screenprinting factory to see how the process is done. It’s a very cool series of videos for movie poster fans. Check it out below. Read More »
Two years have passed since we first posted a clip for Drew: The Man Behind The Poster, a documentary about legendary poster artist Drew Struzan. Director Erik P. Sharkey has finally completed the film and had a full panel at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend to discuss it. During the panel, Struzan answered lots of questions about his process, posters, influences and other topics. A new trailer from the film also premiered and it’ll make you want to watch the movie, right now. Check it out below along with a few additional thoughts on his retirement or lack thereof. Read More »
UPDATE: Drew Struzan released a statement. Read it after the jump.
In 2008, one of the most prolific poster artists of all-time decided to put down the paintbrush. Drew Struzan, the man who made the iconic posters for the Indiana Jones and Star Wars films, Back to the Future, The Goonies, The Shawshank Redemption, Harry Potter and so many more, decided he’d had enough and retired from professional art after 40 years. “I am well pleased to have been able to give a gift of beauty and peace through my artwork to so many throughout the world. Now I have laid down the burden and have peace and happiness as the reward for my day’s labor,” he wrote at the time.
Then last summer (and again last month) Struzan allowed Mondo, the poster boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse, to screen print and release some of his previously created art for Frankenstein and The Thing. Each poster was a massive success and Struzan was extremely happen with the results. So happy in fact, they’re now working on screen printing his work for Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Still, this is all art he’d previously created. Save for offering some help on Cowboys & Aliens and The Walking Dead, he remained retired.
/Film has now learned that Struzan will start creating new art in the coming months. And he’ll do it for Mondo. He’s back. Read more after the jump. Read More »
When you say “John Carpenter‘s The Thing” the first image that pops in your head might be Drew Struzan‘s legendary theatrical one sheet. The silhouetted man in a winter jacket with a bright light exploding out of his face has become the defining image of the awesome movie. Though others have tried to create equally iconic representations fo the film, no one has come close to duplicating Struzan’s striking poster.
This Friday, the Alamo Drafthouse is hosting their Summer of ’82 screening of The Thing. In an almost jaw-dropping stroke of awesomeness, they’ve talked Universal into allowing Struzan and Mondo to screenprint and release a limited edition version of the poster’s original painting. Check out the full image and find out how and when you can buy these after the jump. Read More »
We’ve been following the development of the independent documentary Drew: The Man Behind the Poster for some time. And why not? We love posters, we love documentaries and we love Drew Struzan, arguably the greatest poster artist of all time.
Director Erik P. Sharkey has completed the film but, in the middle of sound mixing, ran out of money. Up to this point, everything was out of pocket but now, for the first time, they turn to the fans. The filmmakers are hoping to raise $8,000 over the next few weeks to put the final touches on the movie, which features interviews with George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Guillermo Del Toro, Steven Spielberg and many more.
Read more about the current situation, watch a new Back to the Future centric clip and find out how to help after the break. Read More »
Saturday marks the next step in the evolution of Mondo: the opening of their very own gallery. And while we can’t yet reveal what’s in store for that (check back Sunday for the reveal and more later in the week), Mondo’s three headed team of Justin Ishmael, Rob Jones and Mitch Putnam were (kind of) willing to give updates on what they have planned for 2012 outside the gallery.
Will there be more Mondo Mystery Movies? What’s in store for San Diego Comic-Con? When might we see more Jurassic Park, Back to the Future and DC posters? Is there an Avengers poster in the works? How many Pixar posters are left? Answers to all these questions and more after the jump. Read More »
This article is full of bad news. FOR MY WALLET! *rimshot*
Collider recently sat down to do an in-depth, on camera interview with Justin Ishmael, the creative director of Mondo, the increasingly popular and influential poster boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse. In the interview, tons of information was released, including:
- The reason why Mondo decided not to release a Ghostbusters poster in the past.
- Either that hoped-for Ghostbusters poster, a Back to the Future or an Attack the Block poster is coming. And possibly two of three.
- Drew Struzan is working hard on his Stephen King Dark Tower poster and they hope to release it at Comic-Con.
- 2012 should bring an expanded Mondo Mystery Movie series, possibly touring the country.
And more. We’ll highlight a few of these and show you the videos after the jump. Read More »
There’s something incredibly exciting about the phrase “anything is possible.” Waiting for something that could be anything is an exercise for your imagination. That infinite possibility, coupled with wild speculation and prediction, is ninety percent of the fun of Mondo’s Mystery Movies.
Mondo, as you may know, is the ever-growing poster boutique associated with the Alamo Drafthouse. In April Mondo began a project called Mystery Movies. People buy a ticket for a movie that won’t be announced until they’re in the theater. That is coupled with a limited edition poster that will only ever be available at the event. So imagine buying a ticket to one of these things and speculating what it could be. You throw out suggestions with your fellow attendees, laughing at wild ones and nodding at more likely ones. Finally, you sit down for the film and all is revealed. Does it live up to your expectations?
After two events in their hometown of Austin, Texas, the Mondo Mystery Movie hit the road for the first time ever featuring six different mystery movies over one weekend at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. What were the films? What did the posters look like? What was the experience like? And did the event live up to our wildest expectations? Find out after the jump. Read More »
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One of the first things I purchased on preview night of the 2011 San Diego Comic Con was a limited edition signed version of Drew Struzan‘s new book Drew Struzan: Oeuvre. It is one of the best purchases I’ve made this year, and a must have for any film fanatic.
Drew Struzan has created some of the most iconic movie posters of the last 30 years, from Harry Potter to Hellboy, Raiders of the Lost Ark to Back to the Future. This extravagant hardcover edition of DREW STRUZAN: OEUVRE, with a Foreword by George Lucas, film producer, screen-writer, director and founder/chairman of Lucasfilm Ltd., features over 250 pieces of art, including all of Drew’s most iconic movie images, as well as other career highlights, from record album, book, and comic book covers, to stamps, trading cards, promotional artwork and very personal original works. —This right-up-to-date collection of Struzan’s work includes recent and never-before-published pieces including Star Wars: Episode III poster art; Indiana Jones 4 poster art; Walking Dead poster art; Hellboy 2 poster art; Pan’s Labyrinth poster art; Lord of the Rings trading cards; and never before published personal works.
Titan Books has given us a bunch of exclusive images from the book, full sized poster artwork without the logos and text. I can’t tell you how awesome these images look on the large full pages of this coffee table book. The book will be released on October 4th 2011. Preorder it now on Amazon for $31.33, 37% off the $50 cover price.
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In addition to giving out Oscars every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the world’s largest movie related organization, does its best to preserve the history of cinema. One of the many ways does they do this is by keep an extensive catalog of every movie poster produced by a major studio. They’ve now decided to go a little outside of the studio system though and begin archiving posters from an independent producer: Mondo, the collectable art boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse.
To commemorate this incredible honor, Mondo is releasing their most impressive poster yet. They’ve managed to get legendary poster artist Drew Struzan out of retirement to do a screenprint for the 1931 Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff. It’s the first screenprint Struzan has ever done and it’s stunning.
After the jump, we talk with Mondo Creative Director Justin Ishmael about being honored by the Academy and working with Struzan. Plus, you can check out the piece and Mondo’s brand new website. Read More »