We’ve loved the direction that Drafthouse Films has taken in bringing the film Borgman to audiences. The trailer was terrific, and the key poster art is also great. The poster gets right to some of the important ideas in the film in a way that is enticing and mysterious without being blatantly overt. A conversation with Drafthouse led to the idea of doing a breakdown of the design process for that key art, which was created by artist Brandon Schaefer.
Initially we were going to set up an interview with Schaefer. Before that happened, however, he wrote up a description of his own design process. And, frankly, it is a lot better than any interview might have been. So what follows is essentially a guest post by Schaefer, in which he gives a full account of the process of creating the Borgman poster art. Read More »
Most of our favorite sci-fi, fantasy or action films become our favorites because of their details. I’m talking weapons; iconic tools of destruction that are so damn cool we want to own them. Lightsabers in Star Wars, the Hanzo steel in Kill Bill, Robocop‘s handgun, pulse rifles in Aliens, Doctor Who‘s sonic screwdriver, Indiana Jones‘s whip, Ghostbuster proton packs, Freddy‘s claws. Iconic weapons are a huge asset to a classic pop-culture action film.
A new art gallery is opening in Los Angeles January 11 called the Hero Complex Gallery and they agree with that assessment. Their debut show is called Weapon of Choice. All the work is based upon pop culture weapons. Some are obvious, like the ones mentioned above. Others are more subtle, like a film noir femme fatale using sex as a weapon. But either way, the show looks incredibly gorgeous and /Film is honored to debut several of the works in the show.
The show has The Thing flamethrower by Craig Drake, Conan‘s sword by Joshua Budich, the No Country for Old Men bolt pistol by Scott Belcastro, Doctor Who‘s sonic screwdriver by Brandon Schaefer, Buck Rodgers’ ray gun by Laurent Durieux, and images from Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Kill Bill and much more. Check it all out below. Read More »
Even movie fans would agree some of the best entertainment made during the past two decades has been on premium cable. Whether it’s HBO shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, Sex and the City and Game of Thrones or Showtime shows like Dexter, Weeds and Homeland, movies are regularaly getting schooled by TV in terms of character, story and scope. Plus, even if you love a movie, it’s only two hours. A great TV show can be hundreds.
And while we’re all very used to seeing art inspired by movies, art inspired by TV always elicits a slightly more excited response which is why the brand new Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY has picked premium TV for its first exhibit. More Than You Imagined: Art Inspired By Premium Cable opens September 7 and features work by Mark Englert, Kevin Ang, Brandon Schaefer, Joshua Budich, Tim Doyle and many others.
After the jump, check out a huge gallery of work from shows like all the ones mentioned above as well as The Kids in the Hall, Flight of the Conchords, Tales from the Crypt, Boardwalk Empire, Party Down and others, plus find out how you can see it yourself and see how you can buy a print for charity too. Read More »
Two Mel Brooks classics are screening as a double feature at San Francisco’s Castro Theater Friday and Spoke Art has commissioned two really cool posters for the occasion. The films are Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs and the artist is Brandon Schaefer. Check both images out below. Read More »
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Nope. Not even three previews could come close to showcasing all the awesome stuff that’ll be at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles Friday night (yes, tonight) as Crazy 4 Cult 5: I’m Too Old For This Sh*t finally opens to the world. The show features work from over 100 artists interpreting a wide variety of cult films and, in this final (and biggest yet) preview for the show you’ll see Max Dalton‘s Monty Python and the Holy Grail inspired piece, Fight Club through the eyes of Joshua Budich, Brandon Schaefer‘s take on The Evil Dead and other art based on movies like Being John Malkovich, Buffalo 66, The Karate Kid, Mulholland Dr., A Clockwork Orange, The Hudsucker Proxy and more. There are over twenty new pieces below the jump.
And, of course, don’t forget to check out the first preview, second preview and third preview from the show at those links. Read More »
Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers are, without a doubt, three of the most revered filmmakers working today. The release of a new film by Tarantino or the Coens insights a Pavlovian response in most film fans as each writer/director has such an incredibly high success rate, we’re almost guaranteed to see, at the very least, a good movie, if not a great one. Pulp Fiction, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski, Inglourious Basterds, No Country for Old Men, the list goes on and on.
Spoke Art, the team behind the recent Wes Anderson-themed Bad Dads exhibit in San Francisco is traveling across country to New York for their next big film-themed art show based on that fact. Quentin vs. Coens will be open from April 7-April 9 at the Bold Hype Gallery in Manhattan and includes work from over 100 artists who have interpreted their favorite films and characters from the films of Quentin Tarantino or Joel and Ethan Coen.
Keep an eye on the site as we’ll soon have more exclusive images from show but, for now, check out the first set of images – including art from Tim Doyle (exclusive to /Film), Brandon Schaefer, Joshua Budich, Dave Perillo, Lloyd Stas and many others – plus all the pertinent info after the jump. Read More »
If you’ve ever dreamed of stealing a Ferrari, going to a Cubs game, an art museum and singing in a parade all from the comfort of your own home, artist Max Dalton has made it possible. He created The Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Board Game to be included in the upcoming Gallery 1988 show, The Road to Shermer: A Tribute to John Hughes, which opens February 11 at their new Venice, CA location. The original version comes with dice, playing pieces and rules but there will also be a limited amount of prints available at the show. Check out images of the game, as well as a few other preview pieces from the show, after the jump. Read More »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 35 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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We’ve featured some of 25-year-old Massachusetts-based graphic artist Brandon Schaefer‘s movie posters in a past edition of Cool Stuff. Recently Schaefer has created a series of minimalistic posters paying tribute to the films of Stanley Kubrick. Check them out now, after the jump.
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