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Adobe Photoshop and Movie Posters

The best thing and the worst thing to happen to movie poster design (and probably commercial art in general) is Adobe Photoshop. Then again, whenever a creative enterprise is changed … Read More...

Kill Bill Volume 2 movie poster

Special Shoots

Photography used in Movie Posters

Movie posters are often designed using photography shot especially for the film’s one-sheet campaign and other film advertising key art. These photo shoot set-ups are known as special shoots. … Read More...

Vertigo movie poster

The Designer

Legendary Graphic Designer Saul Bass

We have covered various movie poster illustrators in the past, but the modern movie poster is a graphic designer’s medium. And when discussing movie poster design, the subject begins … Read More...

Friday the 13th Part 8 Jason Takes Manhattan

I Love Trademark Infringement

Banned Friday The 13th Part 8 Jason Takes Manhatten poster

In 1989 Paramount Pictures released a Friday The 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan teaser poster. The movie poster depicted hockey masked killer Jason Voorhees … Read More...

The Goonies movie poster

Stop the Presses!

Movie Poster art in newspaper ads

If you want to see where a good chunk of a film’s print marketing budget goes, open up a major newspaper like the Calendar section the Los Angeles TimesRead More...

Men in Black MIB movie poster

April Fools

Hidden images and in-jokes in movie posters

In honor of April Fool’s Day, lets review a few hidden images and in-jokes found in movie posters. Artists have long hidden images, words, and other symbols in … Read More...

Showgirls movie poster

Making Sense of Showgirls

From Photo to Book Cover to Movie Poster

In 1992, famed Czech photographer Tono Stano (NSFW) produced an arresting black and white photograph entitled “Sense”. Stano is famous for posing models into suggestive shapes and … Read More...

Forbidden Planet movie poster

British Quad

British movie posters

Unlike it’s U.S. counterpart the one-sheet, the standard UK movie poster size is known as a British Quad (or sometimes as a UK Quad or Quad Crown) and measures 40″ x … Read More...

Wild Posting

Wild Posting is “the practice of displaying multiple eye level impressions in highly visible outdoor locations in major urban centres.” Or more accurately, a group of under-paid workers driving around in the middle of night … Read More...

Blade Runner movie poster

One-Sheet

What is a movie poster one-sheet?

A one-sheet refers to the standard U.S. sized 27″x41″ movie poster, usually printed on paper stock. Modern posters are rolled, while most older (pre-1985) film posters were folded. Modern … Read More...

American Beauty movie poster

Credit Where Credit Is Due

The most common question we receive at Posterwire:

What is the font used for the credits at the bottom of a movie poster?

The short answer: There is no one particular font used for movie … Read More...

A Few Good Men teaser poster

Equal Likeness

Movie poster actor clauses

The phrase equal likeness is common term and often an overriding factor in the design and creation of movie poster art. Basically equal likeness is the film advertising equivalent of a … Read More...

Raiders of the Lost Ark movie poster

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Richard Amsel Illustration

The Indiana Jones film series has had a great history of movie posters, including impressive work by Drew Struzan. The best poster from the series remains the very first release poster for … Read More...

City of Angels movie poster

Big Heads Floating in the Sky

The Top Movie Poster Cliché

Stop us if you have seen this poster composition before: Large images of movie star faces (often of a couple), with a small scene (usually at the bottom of the … Read More...

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