Sept. 14, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST
Quint, I am so jealous! To look at Struzan's art just takes me back to being a film-crazy 80s kid. The new book is totally fantastic, as if you all didn't already know. More power to him!
Sept. 14, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST
looking through some of those awesome posters makes you realise how crap and uninspired most of today's are
Sept. 14, 2010, 2 p.m. CST
okay, not directly, but ILM bigwig John Knoll is the creator of Photoshop, and we all know how THAT resulted in the demise of artistic posters (with the exception of art aficianados like Spielberg,Lucas, and Darabont)
Sept. 14, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST
If I had money flying out of my ass, I would.
Sept. 14, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST
Didn't realise he did the art for som MANY posters, but now that I see it, I recognise his style.
Sept. 14, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST
Great interview. Great subject matter for me he is the only movie poster artist there is period. Growing up I had his star wars raiders back to the future posters all over my walls and saw them every day for years. He's a one in a million, can't wait to get this book.
Sept. 14, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST
by Ronald Raygun
Just a big head shot of me looking cocky and/or determined. Images of my friends surrounding me, decreasing in size based on how important they are to the plot. That hot girl I have a crush on striking a sexy pose down at the bottom of the poster. A small image of me doing something exciting like driving away from an explosion as the poster's centerpiece. And finally, a transparent image of my arch nemesis looming omniously over me. Then, right where the title should be, it should say "Holy Shit! Drew Struzan Made a Poster of My Life!" in orange and yellow Indiana Jones font. So, yeah, how much would that cost?
Sept. 14, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST
And I'd say it's worth every penny.
Sept. 14, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST
Amazing story - meeting cast and crew, being on set, getting to spend 6 months working on the same image... just amazing. I can only assume he was very well rewarded. Didn't know he'd retired, that's too bad. Great interview Quint!
Sept. 14, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST
by Six Demon Bag
you sir are a god..
Sept. 14, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST
because they'd rather have some photo montage crap that can be done in a day instead of having a work of art like back in the days. There are great photoshop artists such as myself not doing the normal photo manip junk with the program. The fact is most people working on any one film have no idea what they really want. Even working on the no budget circuit, I've changed concept and storyboard art 1000's of times because some asshole didn't really have a "vision". That part of the gig will always suck.
Sept. 14, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST
Also the poster for The Goonies is straight classic.
Sept. 14, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST
simulated what happened to it at the box office.
Sept. 14, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST
Probably the greatest movie poster of all time. It conveys a perfect balance of mystery, adventure and wonder. I'm a Star Wars fan first and foremost but being born in '81 the BTTF Trilogy was really my "saga" growing up.
Sept. 14, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST
by Read and Shut Up
...but he really thawed during the interview, and by the end seemed very warm. I have to say - I've been an AICN reader for around 10 years I think, and this ranks with one of the best interviews I've ever read here.
Sept. 14, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST
thats a pretty lame thing to say to him
Sept. 14, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST
way better than that one i think
Sept. 14, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST
Nice interview...without veering into creepy Chris Farley territory ("Um...you remember that movie you made that poster for...") Great to hear from the man who I think may be at least as responsible as George, Steven, Frank and the others for loving these movies. I would have like to have seen a photo or two of the man himself to go along with it though. But really, well done, Quint!
Sept. 14, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST
by Lone Fox
Weird, but The Thing poster is the only piece of art by Struzan that I don't like, never have. Don't know why. Anyway... what a good interview!
Sept. 14, 2010, 7 p.m. CST
My cinema currently has a poster on display of Drew's classic design for Back to the Future to advertise the UK re-release, and unsurprisingly it is the best one on display by miles. Sheer class.
Sept. 14, 2010, 7 p.m. CST
why not try doing an audio version of these interviews?
Sept. 14, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST
by Bouncy X
because AICN doesn't realize its 2010 yet. :P
Sept. 14, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST
Even weirder, they were photo montages based upon the layouts of classic art posters. It was as though Lucas was ironically illustrating and confessing to the very devolution that his Special Editions and prequels get criticized for.
Sept. 14, 2010, 7:54 p.m. CST
why can't they find an industry icon with 40 years in the business with stories about george lucas and steven spielberg to interview all the time?<p>man, you're dense.
Sept. 14, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST
by Gungan Slayer
damn shame what movie poster art has degraded to these days. Wish more people employed the services of Struzen, or artists similar to him.
Sept. 14, 2010, 8 p.m. CST
by Karl Hungus
The STAR WARS D-Sheet has been commonly known as the "Circus Poster" since its release. Either Drew misremembered or this is a transcription error. Wish Drew talked about his awesome BLADE RUNNER poster.
Sept. 14, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST
Oh good GOD we're bitching at Lucas for DVD covers that he had nothing to do with?
Sept. 14, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST
Damn good interview. Drew Struzan's art is forever.
Sept. 15, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST
by Speed Fricassee
Christ Almighty, what a vulgar bout of uber-amateur fan worship. I thought you were a pro, Quint, but you really came across as quite the noob.
Sept. 15, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST
...he's no slouch, either. Graphic immortality for that Star Wars "D" sheet, still my favorite Lucasland poster ever. Never cared for the Empire version of Leia in the "Screwed-Up Edition" poster for Empire, nor Ian McDiarmid's Jedi visage gracing the Empire poster (I know, I know, kids that LucasLand Inc. pasted Mr. McDiarmid into the Screwed-Up Edition, but Struzan's source photo is definitely from Jedi). Hey, in that book promo video, what gives with that blurry blob to the right of Harrison Ford? No doubt somebody from the legal department got the willies and hauled out the digital vasoline! Peace, out.
Sept. 15, 2010, 12:57 a.m. CST
Meant to say: Never cared for the Empire version of Leia in the "Screwed-Up Edition" poster for <b>Star Wars</b> (no bloody "Episode IV" in the title).
Sept. 15, 2010, 1:50 a.m. CST
and it is incredible. Frank Darabont's introduction really sums up exactly how I've been feeling for many many years just how bad most movie posters are.
Sept. 15, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST
You had to slip that didn't you? Really? Indy 4 was awesome! There's too many old nerds now living on nostalgia. I'm sure if you had seen Indy 4 in 1985 you would have loved it, but you can't now, because you're feeding off that nostalgia you grew up with, comparing it to every modern-day movie you see today.
Sept. 15, 2010, 2:35 a.m. CST
Really, it made over 600 mil worldwide, and it was a hell of a lot better than most of the films this year, including that barely passable Iron Man 2.
Sept. 15, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST
and really beautiful interview. Congrats to both of you.
Sept. 15, 2010, 3:19 a.m. CST
Sept. 15, 2010, 3:27 a.m. CST
Thanks Quint for this awesome interview! Very inspiring chat you had with Mr.Struzan! Plainly terrific! Greetz from Vienna, Austria Minstrel
Sept. 15, 2010, 5:12 a.m. CST
That Revenge of the Sith comp is stunning!
Sept. 15, 2010, 6:04 a.m. CST
Nerds like to trash it because they love to hate things
Sept. 15, 2010, 6:30 a.m. CST
I've redecorated my lounge several times in the last 7 years, replaced nearly every bit of furniture...but one thing has remained constant since the day I moved in; my framed BTTF poster.
Sept. 15, 2010, 7:36 a.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
Sept. 15, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST
Sept. 15, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST
by Le Vicious Fishus
My sister has many of the original posters--including the amazing "style D" Star Wars poster. <BR><BR>Nothing, though, imo beats THE THING design. A true masterpiece.
Sept. 15, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST
Posters I got hanging in her addict. She also cant stand the fact I am a thirty nine year old virgin still living at home.
Sept. 15, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST
by Smilin'Jack Ruby
Cool to look on his website and see that there are quite a few images that he has created that are more indelible than the films they're meant to advertise. Wonder what he thinks of "The Mist." And man, how cool would it be to have that "Raise the Titanic" painting on your wall?
Sept. 15, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST
...I would expect Drew to laugh. <P>As GREAT as an artist as Drew obviously is, "JAWS" may have the best movie poster, ever (in the sense of a movie poster doing EXACTLY what it is supposed to do). <P>Sure, I'd love to see what he would come up with. But my expectations would be something short of the spectacular original.
Sept. 15, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST
by Smilin'Jack Ruby
...how hilarious is the "he's great, but he's no Richard Amsel" comment? Isn't there a statute of limitations on tossed-off albatrosses?
Sept. 15, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST
The Dark Tower "movie poster" Thomas Jane is working on in The Mist is suck a cool piece, and you didn't ask anything about it?? Like was the art his idea, or did Darabont give him the details of what needed to be in there? Is he a DT fan? Come on man, totally missed opportunity.
Sept. 15, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST
The composition and color is awesome.
Sept. 15, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST
by Wyndam Earle
it was generally the first impression you got from a movie you wanted to see(before the interwebs and cable, before the dark times..). It set the tone, made you excited, and whet your appetite for more.
Sept. 15, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST
Sept. 15, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST
Is Drew doing a poster for the film based on himself? I'd love to see him do a hero pose self portrait for that!
Sept. 15, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST
Thanks so much for this, it was a great read. Oh, and watching that trailer I never fail to be astounded by George Lucas' 'neck airbag'.
Sept. 15, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST
Haha, nice idea, although I think that would be a bit too egotistical for Drew considering how he comes across in the interview. It does beg the question though, will he have a say in what the poster for the doc is (it'd only be polite) and would he design it himself, but not put him in it, or if not, who would he want to do it?
Sept. 15, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST
cant be bothered to look it up - i dont think he did though but some of them were pretty 'Drewy'<p> they should get him to do the Star Trek sequel - the ones for the last film wernt too great...im suprised they didnt get him to do one for the 2009 film esp as Abrams is such a Star Wars geek and wanted to inject more Wars into Trek...seems to me that wouldve been an ideal place to start (the poster) <p>
Sept. 15, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST
yeah should really have asked him about Dark Tower in The Mist...but then he probably wouldve gone 'yep that was me' and thatd have been that (maybe they'll use that Mist one for one of the movies?)
Sept. 16, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST
What an egotistical bitch. You're a fucking fairy in the movie, and you're lucky to be just that instead of them casting you as Seabiscuit or some other horse. Drew is a real legend, a true artist and that was a great interview.
Sept. 16, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST
reinforces my dislike for her.
Sept. 16, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST
offends. That giant mouth. That pathetically forced horse laugh of hers that she seeds throughout everything because I bet she thinks it's trademarkably endearing. And her aping of Denzel's Oscar moment. Float away seabiscuit, float away.
Sept. 16, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST
Thanks Quint! <p>Please do more pieces like this and the John Debney interview. <p> How about some future articles about other luminaries of poster art, film music, production design, FX artist and cinematography? <p> That's the essential kind of reading I love, not superfluous critiques from random punk nerds or listening to the slow drip splashdown of drool emitting from Harry's slack-jawed incoherient fawning over Stallone, Rodriguez and Edgar Wright.
Sept. 16, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST
she disrespectfully referred to legendary Academy Award EARNING film composer Bill Conti as "Stick Man" while presuming to dictate he not play her off the podium when she excepted her oscar. <p> That spoke volumes about how much she reveres the much more talented craftsmen and artist that make her and her ilk look so good.
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Sept. 16, 2010, 11:43 p.m. CST
by Sith Witch
Would you really? When you're in his shoes you'll have the choice I suppose, but until then he's the filmmaker doing what he wants.
Sept. 17, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST
Sept. 17, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST
Sith Witch is a bitch though
Sept. 18, 2010, 12:20 a.m. CST
by Sith Witch
if I was a bitch when making my last remark. I LOVED the interview, but couldn't help but feel that my hero had been jabbed a bit out of unnecessary mean-spiritedness. <p> It's your right to dislike his current output as much as it's mine to like it. And if we all agreed, then movie discussions would get old fast. Thanks for the wonderful insight you gave us into the backgrounds and methods of the genius that is Struzan!
Sept. 18, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST
I had some problems with the Prequels, like anyone else, but the posters for AOTC and ROTS were fantastic. TPM's was "meh", but not terrible.
Sept. 20, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST
by Jack Burton
Huge fan of Drew Struzan's work, I need to order that book and stop procrastinating. I've always loved that Temple of Doom poster, also. I've got it in storage right now until I can frame it. Also, I need more wall space.
Sept. 21, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST
by Star Hump
It's amazing. Best $23 I ever spent.
Sept. 21, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST
by Star Hump
it's all turning to shit. Just give me my beer and macaroni and cheese. Fuck it. Fuck it all.