Erik Sharkey and Kevin Burke love movie posters so much that they’ve both made movies about them. Erik directed a film about legendary poster artist Drew Struzan titled Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, while Kevin directed 24×36: A Movie About Movie Posters, which examined the birth, death, and resurrection of illustrated movie poster art. Now the two filmmakers are joining forces to make a film about one of the most famous illustrators to ever work in the science fiction and fantasy genres: Greg Hildebrandt.
If you don’t know Greg’s name, you definitely know his work. He and his brother Tim, who died in 2006, whipped up an early Star Wars poster that instantly captured the imaginations of fans around the world. That alone would be enough to put these guys into the legend category, but Greg, now 81 years old, has also had a decades-long career spanning franchises and companies like The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Marvel, Magic: The Gathering, and even the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
I spoke with Sharkey and Burke about their plans for their new documentary, and also had a long chat with Greg Hildebrandt himself about the creation of that famous Star Wars poster and much more. Read More »
Drew: The Man Behind The Poster is finally ready. We’ve been covering the documentary since 2010 and after several clips, trailers and even a panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2012, the film will have its world debut at San Diego Comic-Con 2013. It tells the story of Drew Struzan, the prolific poster artist who made posters for the Indiana Jones and Star Wars films, as well as Back to the Future, The Goonies, The Shawshank Redemption, Harry Potter and many more.
Not going to be in San Diego? The film will hit limited theaters on August 16 and then video on demand in the Fall thanks to distributor Kino Lorber. 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 »
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 »
One of the most prolific poster artists of our generation, Drew Struzan, is the subject of an upcoming documentary called Drew: The Man Behind Poster. Directed by Erik Sharkey, the film features interviews with George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg and others all discussing the man behind such iconic posters as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Back to the Future, Blade Runner, The Goonies, the first Harry Potter films, Big Trouble in Little China, Hellboy and so many others.
We posted a trailer for the film a few months back and now there’s a brand new clip talking about the Temple of Doom poster that you can watch after the break. The documentary is “nearly completed,” according to producer Charles Ricciardi, so we might be able to check it out before the end of the year. Read More »