10 Amazing Minimalist Movie Posters by Alex Eylar on Imagekind
The first time I saw the minimalist style movie posters by Alex Eylar, I was mesmerized. His personal renditions of popular and iconic movie posters cut through the noise of over-hyped Hollywood production and tell a story through simplicity. Scaled back images and headlines let the work stand for itself. Check out 10 amazing minimalist style movie posters by Alex Eylar below.
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Where were you born, where do you live now, any other background info?
I was born in Oakland, CA, and I’m currently living and attending school in Santa Cruz. I’m in my final year at UC Santa Cruz, majoring in film, and that being the case I’ll probably be moving down to LA within a year or so.
How would you describe your work?
I probably wouldn’t call it “my work”, for starters. I don’t consider myself enough of an artist to call it “my work” and keep a straight face. It’s not work; it’s just an opportunity to goof around and make things I like. As for describing it, the words self-reflexivity and remix come to mind. I can’t (and don’t necessarily want to) escape the artifice of art. The phrase “tongue-in-cheek” is way too cliched for my tastes, but that’s as close as I can get. I don’t want to make Art with a capital A; I want to make art that knows it’s art, if the term “art” can even be applied to the things I do. It’s all in good fun. And then there’s that old Picasso quote: “Bad artists copy; great artists steal”. Culture exists to be borrowed, tweaked, remixed, exploded, appropriated and re-appropriated. Hence the movie posters. Pop culture is the deepest well of inspiration.
What processes and techniques do you use to create your work?
I start with a movie. I pick a movie I like, a movie I know a lot about. Then I try to condense it, reduce it to a few images or words. The tone and style of the movie generally influences the style of the poster: the turn-of-the-century broadside poster fits the showmanship of “The Prestige”, the process-of-elimination motif matches the whodunit of “Clue”, the subtle danger of the gray/red/white text fits the paranoia of “The Game”, etc. Once I’ve got the concept, I do the best I can to fit it all in a poster in Adobe Illustrator. If it falls short of what I hoped, it’s deleted. If it works right away, I keep at it, take a break of a day or two, come back to it, put the finishing touches on it, and hope other people like it too.
Are you a full time artist?
Absolutely not. I’m a full time film student, and I only do these posters in the computer lab in the half hour or so before class. I don’t exactly aspire to be a full time artist; rather, a full time screenwriter, in a perfect world.
How did you get started?
I was in the computer lab a half hour or so before class. I’d seen a lot of minimalist, remixed posters online, and it sparked my imagination. My first few posters were terrible, but the more I worked at it, the more I understood the aesthetic basics of it all. If those computers hadn’t had Illustrator installed, I never would’ve started on this lovely little journey.
Any notable accomplishments?
Yes; once I was asked for an interview by this one guy from Imagekind. Not sure what happened with that, though.
Where can we find more info and keep up with your work?
Aside from Imagekind, my Flickr account is the only place I post these projects. It’s usually pretty swamped with pictures of my other hobby – Lego – but every now and then a poster comes along. It’s all really at the whim of my interests, however fleeting.
What artists inspire you?
The two main artists that inspired all of these posters are Travis Pitts (on Flickr) and Brandon Schaefer (on Flickr). It was their posters that inspired the first of mine, and I owe them eternal thanks.
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