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January 16, 2007posterwireDesign, Posters7
Smokin' Aces movie poster

Rejected Smokin' Aces movie poster design

Rejected Smokin’ Aces movie poster designs

Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan’s official site features a weblog written by the film’s creator about the upcoming film. For the past few months, Carnahan has been posting Smokin’ Aces poster designs that didn’t make the cut. It’s a rare opportunity to see all the unproduced movie posters that never make it to your local movie theatre lobby. As most film advertising art directors and designers will tell you, sometimes their best poster design work never sees the light of day beyond their own portfolios.

Smokin Aces #2 movie poster

Smokin Aces #2

Smokin Aces #3

Smokin Aces #3

Smokin Aces #4 movie poster

Smokin Aces #4

Smokin Aces #5 movie poster

Smokin Aces #5

Smokin Aces #6 movie poster

Smokin Aces #6

Smokin Aces #7 movie poster

Smokin Aces #7

Carnahan has posted several rejected (or “killed”) movie poster concepts, along with his own commentary about each one sheet design, including info about why particular designs were not chosen to be the official Smokin Aces movie poster. Our favorite example is his blog entry about the “Franz Ferdinand poster” design:

Here’s another one guys. This one almost became the one-sheet. The problem for me was, I couldn’t get the similarity to the Franz Ferdinand Album cover out of my head! Is it just me? I like the images, even though they seem a bit crowded/jammed together.

The director has also been using his film weblog to run his very own movie poster contest, inviting his blog readers to submit their own Smokin’ Aces movie poster designs.

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7 Comments

  1. Jesse Cantu Jr.January 16, 2007 at 4:19 PMReply

    Does anyone else agree that the current poster being used looks alot like the Rent poster? When i saw it in public i thought the current production was coming to town.

    Makes his Franz Ferdinand comment kinda ironic…somebody got the work though so its all good.

  2. steveoJanuary 19, 2007 at 8:17 PMReply

    Hmm. Seems like all of the “rejected” posters are much better than they final one they chose.

  3. adminJanuary 24, 2007 at 3:19 PMReply

    This one is really nice:

    http://smokinjoecarnahan.com/2007/01/the_classic.php

    I’m sure some art director somewhere in Los Angeles felt the pain of having that one rejected.

  4. oliver walthardFebruary 8, 2007 at 11:59 AMReply

    if it reminds you to franz ferdinand, it should also remind you to aleksandr rodtschenko, who originally designed the poster. he was famous for integrating photography and graphic design into one composition. just look here: http://demo.sfgb-b.ch/TG03/suprematismus/4_nav_kuenstler/rodtschenko/plakat.jpg

    greetings, oli

  5. DannyMarch 5, 2007 at 5:25 PMReply

    This blog has been great help for my current college project. This post in partular with all the different posters submitted in has been a great resource for me, so cheers!

  6. MelanieDecember 21, 2008 at 4:04 AMReply

    Nice article. I like the part with franz ferdinand. Please don’t invite your readers to submit their own Smokin’ Aces movie poster designs….!
    Thanks
    Melanie

  7. Killing Your Conceptual Babies - Blog – FWD:labsApril 26, 2011 at 2:25 PMReply

    […] Posterwire's recent post, picked up this week on Signal vs. Noise, appreciated Carnahan's online features. "It’s a rare opportunity to see all the unproduced movie posters that never make it to your local movie theatre lobby. As most film advertising art directors and designers will tell you, sometimes their best poster design work never sees the light of day beyond their own portfolios." Carnahan also admirably opened it up to his fans with a poster contest in January. […]

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