I watch a lot of movies. I love films. And if I had the choice to do anything I would probably be a filmmaker. The only thing holding me back is the fact that I have completely neglected to get any experience whatsoever in doing this. I've probably held a camera less times than I've held a live crab (which I realise may seem like an odd comparison but it's the most accurate one I can think of). To compensate for this I have a vast and pedantic knowledge of cinema that is in no way completely alienating to anyone who would like to have a conversation with me. It's only a matter of time before Hollywood comes calling.
But until that day, I'm pretty happy to serve the silver screen in any way I can. This usually takes the form of unsolicited movie posters on this blog and angry drunken arguments about which cut of Bladerunner is the best or which action hero named John had the funniest surname (spoiler: it's John Matrix from Commando).
This week, it takes the form of the poster above, which was solicited by Tyler Bolinger for his upcoming film The Exclusive. Which is a 25 minute independent short about a Hollywood starlet slowly descending into madness while being stalked by an obsessive member of the paparazzi. It's got shades of Hitchcock and Polanksi and should be coming to a Kickstarter near you very shortly. In the meantime you can follow the movie on Twitter here:
Tyler's script (which I've read and it's great) has a real classic thriller feel to it and we decided the final product needed to represent that. We used a bunch of different vintage movie posters for inspiration, including some of these:
And, although I tried not to stick to closely to any of them, hopefully there's some shared DNA there somewhere.
Here's the painting I made of the star of the short (Emily Kretzer) before I did any digital work on it:
I genuinely had a great time working on this project and indie film is something I'm really passionate about so, in the spirit of shameless plugging, I'm open to commissions if any other filmmakers out there need a poster. Feel free to give me a shout.