Best Posters of March 2012

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It’s the end of the month, so it is time to reflect, relax and rewind our way back through the one-sheets, banners, promotional artwork and posters released in the last calendar month, highlighting some of the ones we though were noteworthy.

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Earlier in the month, Mondo announced that they acquired a Back to the Future licence. Representing the entire trilogy, the individual posters by Phantom City Creative represent aspects of the time travelling DeLorean from each of the films, with a variant available showing a combination of all three. You can view them all at the original post, but here’s one of our favourites.

Back to the Future - Mondo poster

Wes Anderson’s newest film Moonrise Kingdom is one we’re definitely looking forward to, and this retro poster is good enough to turn up on awkward album covers or something similar. Artist Michael Gaskell did the artwork for the Mojo designed poster.

Moonrise Kingdom poster

Tom Hodge (aka The Dude Designs) has been featured several times in our Best Posters pieces. His work for Cell Count continues to expand his excellent body of work, finding small details in large groups of characters. Over on his blog he explains: “My main aim for the design was to capture all the rich nuances, characters, plot twists and atmosphere of the movie to build this static trailer. I took a lot of influence from the Thai posters of the 70s, as they always had such a great flair for balancing out a broad spectrum of elements but still tying them together in a composition that looks unified as a whole”.

Call Count poster (Tom Hodge)

Lars Von Trier’s apocalyptic vision Melancholia was one of the best films of 2011. This posters are by artist Tomer Hanuka, a New York based illustrator and comic artist. He’s worked with The New Yorker, D.C comics, Nike and Microsoft, and contributed art to the award-winning animated film Waltz with Bashir. He is currently working on a graphic novel for First Second called The Divine.

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Melancholia - Mondo poster

Our good friend Scott Hopko of Hopko Designs has sent over their take on The Iron Giant, the classic animated film directed by Brad BirdThe Iron Giant is a 1999 animated film produced by Warner Bros. Animation, based on the 1968 novel The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. Hopko entered this in the 2012 Austin Film Festival Poster Competition.

The Iron Giant poster - Hopko Designs

Jeremy Saunders is famous locally for key art for Suburban Mayhem, Animal Kingdom and Candy to name but a few, he’s also done some posters for shorts. As he says on his Facebook page: “I like to work on short films, bank manager permitting. It’s an opportunity to work with new people and can present a very different set of challenges to feature work”. This one is for a Scott Manion short called Anima.

Anima poster - Jeremy Saunders

This re-issue poster for the restored print of Les Enfants Du Paradis from designers Sarah Habibi and F Ron Miller captures the flavour of the hand-painted 1940s French posters.

Children of Paradise (1945) - 2012 Reissue poster

Tom Hodge, featured above, is the poster gift that keeps on giving with this excellent one-sheet for Would You Rather. On his blog he notes: “I wanted to do something a bit more off the wall for this one (as the 2nd design I did has a more classic poster style) so I could try an be a bit more out there for this design. When I initially spoke with David Guy Levy (the director) he liked to think of it as Funny Games meets Clue which pretty much set on the direction for these designs. We love this retro design, almost as much as all of Sasha Grey’s previous works, but on a completely different level.

Would You Rather poster - Tom Hodge

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea might not be a new release, but it is still inspiring awesome artwork. Melbourne-based designer Ken Taylor has been working primarily in the music industry, and is known locally for his record covers for You Am I, Queens of the Stone Age, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Kings of Leon, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. Some of his previous Mondo work has included that magnificent poster for Beneath the Planet of the Apes we featured a while back. Check out his official site.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Mondo poster

About the author: Richard Gray

Richard Gray

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