writers laura moss and brendan j. o'brien are old friends. we used to share a studio together in new york. it was laura's short film fry day that gave us our first film poster award at SXSW in 2017. when laura wrote to us and told us her first feature film had gotten into sundance, we were thrilled when they asked us once again to work with them on a poster.
after watching their radical film, we presented a range of ideas, and the collage approach you see here was one that laura gravitated toward. after trying 3-4 different collages of both stills from the film and behind the scenes photographs, we landed on the one you see here.
a few days before the 2022 cannes film festival producer adele romanski reached out and asked if we had the time to create the title sequence for a new film she had produced called aftersun. we connected with the film on a numer of levels and immediately committed to the work.
caspar sent the director, charlotte wells, some typeface ideas based on the film’s overall mood and his experiences of growing up in the 90s. they then began work on customizing and animating the chosen typeface in a fashion that charlotte and he felt appropriate to the tone of the film. all the while caspar’s brother josiah got to work on creating the end crawl.
you can read more about our involvement in the project here, and you can watch the titles themselves here.
producer raymond knudsen returned and asked us to make a poster for his new film, prep. this time raymond was in the director's chair and his film is a frenetic, personal insight into the world of body building. we loved the film and presented a range of poster ideas for raymond to choose from. he selected the one you see here. the collaged juxtaposition was our attempt to tackle the particular psychosis suffered by the protagonist in the film.
tim sutton asked us to make the theatrical poster for his latest feature film, taurus. huge fans of the film we tried to make a poster that spoke to the darkly funny spiritual / narcotic duality in the film, and the sacrifices it lead to.
taylor mcintosh is the producer and editor of the extraordinary documentary short, tito. the film was shot by kervens "tito" jimenez whilst in pre-trial detention in haiti. taylor got in touch whilst still editing the film and asked us to create a poster and titles for the film.
we started with the film's titles, and then moved onto the poster. we presented a series of ideas for the poster and taylor went with what you see here. caspar painted the image on the poster using black ink on paper and then scanned it in. he then laid out the rest of the poster from there, leaving in the slight tilt on the image introduced by the scanner because it echoed the intensely hand-held nature of the film .
we had already made the titles for the film and so knew it well. we presented a series of ideas for the poster and kevin immediately went with the idea you see here. soon we were printing out the type onto large pieces of paper and sand papering it by hand.
we watched this beautiful film a few times and then presented a series of ideas for the poster. matthew and derik then selected the one you see here. hand painted in black ink on paper, the poster will be available as a print with a series of different background colours.
film poster for the short film, maria schneider, 1983.
scott macaulay of filmmaker magazine introduced us to director elisabeth subrin and producer helen olive, who were looking for a poster for their film, maria schneider, 1983. as huge fans of maria schneider we leapt at the chance to make a poster for this delicate, thoughtful and provocative film. we presented a series of ideas and elisabeth chose the one you see here.
the drawing was hand-painted using black ink and then scanned in and inverted.
director vincent rené-lortie got in touch with us after seeing our work for carol nguyen's two films, no crying at the dinner table and nanitic. vincent had a new short film on its way to festivals that he wanted a poster for. the film, which is great, is called invincible.
we won't spoil the story for you, but the poster you see here is one of two we made in support of the film. the poster was made with a scalpel, a cutting board and lots of coloured paper.
the short film that inspired the feature film, superior, is now playing on the criterion channel. erin vassilopoulos asked us to make a poster to celebrate this. liza evseeva and caspar got to thinking about how to sum up the short film's narrative and came up with what you see here. the drawing is by liza.
poster for the short film, weapons and their names.
producer raymond knudsen reached out to us. his company big blue pictures was wrapping up a short film directed by melina valdez. we loved many things about the short and soon caspar and melina were talking on the phone. the poster you see here they hope expresses a combination of things about the psychology embedded in subtle ways into the film.
the poster was made with a printer, a sponge, a bowl of water and a camera.
carol nguyen got back in touch when her short film, nanitic, was on its way to the cannes film festival market. she and caspar made the poster for the short over a long weekend, based on an idea they came up with over the phone between vietnam and london. the film has since been selected for the toronto international film festival. we hope the poster raises some questions. questions we won't spoil for you now with answers, at least not until the film has come out.
julie strifler from wildling pictures got in touch. she was looking for a poster for their latest film see for me. the film was on its way to the tribeca film festival. we watched the film and soon were talking to the film's director randall okita. we pitched, amongst other things, the idea you see here.
in order to make the poster we took a hammer to an iphone and photographed it in various stages of its collapse. the poster was then designed proportionately to the phone in order to look like the film's blind protagonist was peering, not just through a crack in a door, but also through a phone screen. such is the film's narrative.
poster for the hybrid documentary, the act of coming out.
filmmaker alexandra stergiou reached out and asked that we might make a poster for her new hybrid documentary, the act of coming out. the film has been released by the new yorker magazine and is comprised of a series of filmed auditions / interviews with queer and trans actors about what alexandra describes as "the never ending process of coming out." it's a beautiful, moving and seemingly effortless piece of filmmaking. we presented a series of ideas for the poster and the one you see here is the one alexandra went with. the final poster takes cues from the colour work of georges seurat, henri matisse and andy warhol in order to articulate its point.
you can watch the film here, and you can purchase a 27x40 inch copy of the poster from our print shop here.
jordan mattos introduced us to rob rice and his beautiful film, way out ahead of us. rob and caspar hit the ground running. immediately the conversation turned to how they could make a poster together, remotely, between los angeles and berlin, using all the original props from the film. the final piece you see here is replete with rob performing a light painting in the background behind the still life; a gesture that almost by accident captured the very essence of the film. the poster was inspired in part by 17th century spanish still life paintings.
melanie akoka put us in touch with writer / director pepi ginsberg. pepi's latest short film was headed to the cannes film festival and she wanted a poster to support it. the film is beautiful, subtle, emotionally complex and elegantly shot on film. it's about a kid looking for a place to swim on a hot day, and the delicate physical and emotional encounters he has along the way.
pepi wanted a poster that used the lake water as a metaphor both for the feeling being trapped and of course for the emotions beneath the surface in the film. the final result involved us making collage of a print-out and cut-out bust of the film's protagonist placed into the translucent "waves" of a plastic, draw-string bag.
we talked on the phone for a while, throwing various ideas around. the moment we mentioned this idea of making a still life with two pears, peeled, drenched and positioned as if they were having sex, jake said that was it. soon we were buying and peeling heaps of pears, and photographing the scene you see here on the poster.
it's a great film. if you have the means, do watch it via the link below.
director ryan david reached out to us in the hope that we'd create the poster and titles for his new feature film, futra days. the film is a deep psychological, psychedelic trip that takes a rather dickensian approach to the larger existential questions. the poster you see here was one of several ideas we pitched. long-standing collaborator john delucca brought his typical brilliance to the fore and took care of the lion's share of the work here.
writer / director gillian wallace horvat got in touch with us because of our work on we're all going to the world's fair. her film i blame society was about to be released online and she wanted a new poster to go with. we explored several ideas before settling on this one - a poster that talks about being ignored, neglected and trodden on as a woman in the film industry, to the point of wanting to kill.
once the idea was established gillian asked lee jameson to take some photos of her brandishing a knife. we took it from there, processing the images and the type, and then collaging small fragments of other posters over her.
dane komljen and zsuzsanna kiraly reached out once again to collaborate on the poster for dane's latest film, afterwater. the film is a delicious, experimental mixture of ideas and approaches to filmmaking. we presented several ideas for a poster and dane chose the one you see here.
after printing our design out, we submerged the paper in water and photographed it whilst rippling the water with our hands. of the various exposures we captured, this one seemed to illustrate best the (sometimes dancing, sometimes swimming) figures in a landscape that the film so beautifully presented us with.
zsuzsanna kiraly put us in touch with mareike and hannes at petrolio as they were looking for a poster for their forthcoming feature, echo. the film operates on several levels and makes for delicate and layered look at the contemporary german psyche. for the poster we presented several ideas and mareike chose the one you see here.
poster for the feature documentary, i didn't see you there.
director reid davenport got in touch and asked that we might make a poster for his new film, i didn't see you there. it had just gotten into sundance and he was a fan our work for 'a fire in the cold season', 'the life and death of yosef and zilli' and 'the great void.'
reid's film immediately struck us as unique in its point of view, aesthetic and intention. in talking to him on the phone we agreed upon the poster concept you see here. we then asked reid to send some photographs of himself in his wheelchair. we printed these photos out on card, cut out reid's silhouette from the card, and took photographs of the shadow it cast on the wall.
it was during our discussions with mattias that we came up with an idea that we felt captured the film's narrative and tone. not long after that he was taking some photographs for us in montreal, canada. where the film was made. the still life images he captured we then turned onto the poster you see here.
director mia walker and writer karoline xu got in touch after seeing our poster for the short film, blocks. their film pippi is a delicate and challenging piece about racial self-hatred. after some discussion about the film we immediately landed on the poster idea you see here.
poster for the feature film, we're all going to the world's fair.
we met writer / director jane schoenbrun about 10 years ago, right when we were first getting into making film posters. to see them finally put together such an extraordinary debut feature film is thrilling. to be asked to make the theatrical poster for it, even more so.
the poster is our attempt to talk about the delicate and beautiful relationship at the core of the film.
writer / director sam upton came back to us with an interest in our making another film poster for him. this time it was for a short film he'd written and directed called hangman. we loved the film and presented a range of ideas for the poster. sam picked the one you see here; itself a subliminal play on the film's title, and a tongue-in-check nod to the denouement of the film.
the poster was made with a combination of elements. the first being a photoshoot sam conducted himself with tia the lizard who co-stars in the film. the second being an egg caspar fried in his studio in berlin.
producer valerie steinberg asked us to design the poster and titles for this her debut feature film. the film was written and directed by jake wachtel and is a cambodian science fiction tale about one man's unusual search for enlightenment. it is a complex and visually beautiful piece, in large-part because of the futuristic cambodian setting. the poster you see here gives you both a hint as to the film's narrative and it's rich visual beauty.
lisa bierwirth is a friend and le prince is her debut feature film. the film marks the second in our on-going collaboration with komplizen film in berlin. the film is a particularly realistic sketch of a relationship between a man and a woman from different worlds in frankfurt. we presented a series of ideas with which to tackle the complexity of emotional drama in the film, and lisa selected the idea you see here. caspar painted the poster during his travels between england and germany this summer.
our friend and long-standing collaborator, tim sutton is back with his latest feature film. it's a western called "the last son." it was shot during the pandemic in montana. it's a film about an outlaw with a curse on his head. the curse dictates that one of his own children will one day kill him. he consequently proceeds to try and kill all his children, right down to the last son. this poster is our attempt to talk about, amongst other things, how you cannot kill can idea.
poster for the feature documentary, the great void.
our friend and long-standing collaborator zsuzsanna kiraly put us in touch with maxi haslberger at amerika film. maxi and director sebastian mez were looking for a poster for their film, the great void. the film depicts a world subtly emptied of human beings and their vehicles only to reveal the bleak landscapes they've left behind. the poster you see here is how we chose to interpret this cinematic idea in print.
we were introduced to homebody director joseph sackett by our friend, the filmmaker francesca mirabella. joseph's film is about a boy who finds a way to inhabit and take control of a woman's body. it makes for a rather funny and moving metaphor for the genderqueer or transgender experience, if you will. we presented a series of ideas to joseph that we felt captured the essence of the film, and he went with the one you see here.
director lukas huffman asked us to create a poster for his new short film, night music. the film tells the story, in brief, of john and alan lomax and their early 20th century recordings of american folk music. in this case the film follows the father and son as they gain access to a penitentiary to record african-american prisoner's songs.
after much discussion about various ways to approach the poster, we settled on this hand drawn and painted approach. the poster tries to speak simultaneously to the idea of a 1930s live "disc recording" and what was ultimately the uncredited, unpaid exploitation of black prisoners by white people.
opera director and video artist laine rettmer asked us to handle titles and poster duties for her feature film debut. the film is a modern reimagining of puccini's la boheme. it was shot during new york city's winter lockdown and makes for a particularly poignant reflection of those dark times.
our poster and title treatment reflect the stark modernism in laine's conceptual and visual approach to the opera. of particular note here is the typography. splitting the film's title up into four segments gave us an opportunity to speak about the four separate acts in the opera. on top of that the squared-off typeface used in combination with this formation echoes abstractly the windows of the various apartments within the same building that the opera was set.
here's the second in a series of two posters we created for erin vassilopoulos's debut feature film, superior. this poster was released with the announcement that the film would be playing new york's BAM cinemafest.
film poster for the documentary short, digging for life.
director joao queiroga got in touch with us after he saw our work on matthew puccini's film, dirty. he sent us a copy of his very beautiful, moving and probing documentary short, digging for life. he wanted us to design the opening title card and the poster for the film. the film follows the story of an african man enslaved in the diamond mines in angola. here is one of three posters we designed for the film that we drew by hand.
film poster for the documentary short, digging for life.
director joao queiroga got in touch with us after he saw our work on matthew puccini's film, dirty. he sent us a copy of his very beautiful, moving and probing documentary short, digging for life. he wanted us to design the opening title card and the poster for the film. the film follows the story of an african man enslaved in the diamond mines in angola. here is one of three posters we designed for the film that uses a collage of still images taken from the footage.
film poster for the feature documentary, still standing.
midnight marauder introduced us to director mirko pincelli. mirko asked us to watch a cut of his forthcoming new documentary that explores the life and culture of the sindhis, one of the oldest and least known civilisations in the world.
mirko wanted us to design a poster and some film titles for the film. we were entranced by the images in the film and moved greatly by the story of these often forgotten people. we presented a range of ideas and mirko went with this handmade, rather more experimental design you see here. it's a poster we feel talks about generations of sindhi people flowing like a river through time; a river like the great indus river upon the bank of which the sindhis first appeared.
film poster for the documentary, the love and death of yosef and zilli.
director dean gold got in touch with us after seeing our poster work for the canadian films firecrackers, the great darkened days and anne at 13,000 feet. he sent us a copy of this his latest documentary and it floored us. it's an unflinchingly personal film and knowing we were to try and make a poster for it was particularly humbling. we've seen few films like it.
we presented a series of concepts for the poster. dean immediately went for the idea you see here as he felt it captured the feeling of his film best. caspar took the photograph used for the poster in his bedroom in new york city.
film poster for the feature film, a fire in the cold season.
we made two posters for justin oakey's feature film a fire in the cold season. the first poster was a collaboration with graphic designer delphine dubuisson and fine artist clare newbolt. our intention with this poster was to use a combination of digital and physical texturing to allow us to speak metaphorically about the film's narrative.
the second poster was a more direct and obvious interpretation of the film, offering a slightly altered mise-en-scene still as a way of tackling the film's psychological themes.
director erin vassilopoulos asked us to design both the poster and title sequence for her debut feature film, superior. the film is an 80s psychological thriller that explores the lives of two recently reunited identical twin sisters. as the twin's very different lives bleed together there's a feeling of yin and yang in terms of the impact they have on each other both physically and emotionally. it's this concept that we chose to touch upon in the poster.
redesign of the new york-based film journal, filmmaker magazine.
this the winter issue of filmmaker magazine further evolves the overall approach we've taken with the redesign, both inside and out. this time around charlotte gosch and i introduced some new typefaces to the magazine and used their large family of styles to talk about how a magazine of this kind has different "voices," be those the the voices of the filmmakers being interviewed, the magazine's writers or the magazine's designers.
director trey edward schults had a few ideas about how the opening titles for his new feature film, waves, should look and feel. he was keen to capture a certain, particular "florida feeling," the US state in which the film had been shot. in turn we suggested that a neon flicker of orange on top of the beautiful opening shot of the girl on her bike would hint nicely at the darker film to come. after finding the right colour, placing and treatment of the titles, we offered him some typeface options and he chose the one you see here.
for the closing titles trey had some unusual, abstract b-roll footage he'd shot in pre-production and we suggested we scroll black type through it so that at times the words literally got lost in the darker colours. this was one of those rare projects where everything we did the director and A24, the film's production company, loved straight off the bat.
redesign of the new york-based film journal, filmmaker magazine.
this the fall issue of filmmaker magazine further evolves the overall approach we've taken with the redesign, both inside and out. after the summer's "pandemic digital-only issue" charlotte gosch and i wanted to celebrate the return to print with an experimental design. we explored the idea of "spatial depth," as hinted at in the magazine's logo, within the pages of a magazine. we blurred images and laid them over other images to give a sense of light, projected films and so on. we then used a brutalist-style chiaro scuro approach within the magazine's layouts to talk about what it is to move through space, particularly when entering the cinema to see a film in the darkness.
film poster for the feature documentary short, no crying at the dinner table.
director carol nguyen got in touch because of our poster work for matthew puccini's short film, dirty. on the eve of releasing her award winning short film, no crying at the dinner table online, she wanted a poster to celebrate the film's release into the world. we presented a range of ideas that we felt tackled different themes and emotions in the film, and carol chose the one you see here. itself a play on what it is to have to sweep one's emotions under the carpet.
writer / director, matthew puccini, got in touch with us because of our work on bug bite. his short film dirty was about to premiere on the criterion channel and he wanted to create a poster to celebrate that. we were immediately taken by the film, which is a particularly brave and sensitive film about a first time queer sexual encounter. after presenting a range of ideas, matthew went with the one you see here.
here's the poster we designed for the online release of grace glowicki's searing, debut feature film, tito. making it's debut at SXSW film festival last year, grace and producer / co-star ben petrie use the film to explore one agoraphobic man's struggle to deal with the terrors of the outside world. collaborating once again with the inimitable charlotte gosch, this poster is our attempt to try and describe a range of feelings in the film in one image.
redesign of the new york-based film journal, filmmaker magazine.
this the summer issue of filmmaker magazine further evolves the overall approach we've taken with the redesign, both inside and out. this time around, due to the global pandemic and printers being closed down, we redesigned the magazine for digital viewing only. charlotte gosch and i therefore changed the format of the magazine to suit the scrolling experience, as opposed to the physical page turning experience.
long-standing collaborator tim sutton asked us to take care of the posters and titles for his fifth feature film, funny face. the process with tim is always very fluid and open-ended. he brought some ideas to the table, we complimented those ideas and the poster you see here is one of a series we're developing for the film. putting into words why this poster works would perhaps spoil it, so we'll leave it to you to enjoy.
producer maba ba got in touch and introduced us to his fellow senegalese countryman, director mamadou dia. after watching their beautiful film, charlotte gosch and i presented a range of ideas to them. the one you see here was a combination of two different ideas we'd had. baamum nafi is a brave and beautiful film, and we feel it's fitting that it has a brave and beautiful poster to go with it.
film poster for the feature film, anne at 13,000 feet.
long-standing collaborators MDFF got in touch as they were putting the finishing touches on kazik radwanski's new feature film. they asked us to take care of both the film's title sequence and poster. after presenting a series of ideas for the poster, kazik and producer dan montgomery went with the concept you see here.
the mountains are a dream that call to me_film poster
film poster for the feature film, the mountains are a dream that call to me.
as part of our ongoing collaborations with rathaus films, director cedric cheung-lau and producers alexandra byer and madeleine askwith got in touch with regards to doing a poster for their new film. shot in nepal, edited in new york and on its way to the sundance film festival, this is a really special, beautiful and meditative piece of work. we did a series of posters for it, one of which you can see here.
midnight marauder put us in touch with director, maria diane ventura. her debut feature was getting into festivals and she was after a poster that captured the essence of the film's narrative. we presented a series of ideas to her and here's the concept we ended up going with. it's inspired of course by the michelangelo pistoletto artwork, the ears of jasper johns.
producer valerie steinberg approached us to design the poster and titles for bridget moloney's short film, blocks. the film's on its way to the sundance film festival and they were looking for a way to articulate the film's darker undertones whilst keeping the poppy veneer. once again we collaborated with the brilliant photographer jeff brown, as we found a way to talk about the awkwardness of vomiting lego blocks at any given moment.
film poster for the feature documentary, pier kids.
director elegance bratton approached us with this striking and beautiful film he'd made about three gay and transgender kids who are living homeless down on christopher street in manhattan. almost a direct sequel to the film paris is burning, we discussed with elegance ways of capturing the film's heart and soul. in the end we focussed on one of the characters in order to talk emotionally and physically about the film's themes and locations.
director gabriel wilson was after a poster that captured the essence of his twisted little-league baseball comedy. we pitched the idea of using baseball cards in an psychological character reference capacity and he took to it. we don't often dabble in comedies but it turned out to be a worthwhile experiment. gabriel also had us do the titles for the short, which are of quite a different ilk.
director sam upton got in touch with a close to final cut of his short film. keen to find a more abstract and poetic interpretation of the film for the poster, he let us have carte blanche with the design. give or take a few minor tweaks, what you see here is pretty much the first draft.
anna sofie hartmann's new feature film is a beautiful and moving portrait of a woman lost and adrift both physically and emotionally in her life. we were asked to capture this feeling in poster form, and after presenting a range of ideas settled on the one you see here. it is an attempt to talk about fragments of a person blowing across a map; the feeling of not just being many places at once, but feeling like many things at once too.
long-time collaborator and producer, alexandra byer got in touch and asked us to work on the titles and poster for her this her latest project. soon we were talking to director diana peralta, and after presenting a series of ideas to her began work on creating two different posters for the film. the first of these posters conceptually it focusses on the idea of the film's two protagonists 'returning to their roots' in the dominican republic, where the film is set. the second poster was based on a hand-made-sign style often seen around the streets of the dominican republic. we drew a new stencil in this style, cut it out and spray painted it here in our new york studio.
film poster for the feature film, the ghost who walks.
actor and producer frank mosley got in touch and asked that we might put together a poster or two for cody stokes' new feature film, the ghost who walks. what you see here is one in a series of posters we created for the film.
film poster for the short film, the eighth year of the emergency.
maureen towey's short film 'the 8th year of the emergency' is about an elderly woman losing her mind to dementia. after much discussion about how best to approach a poster for this delicate and generous film, we settled on the idea of gently erasing a drawing of the lead actress's face. the drawing was made by caspar's father thomas newbolt in england, and then erased by caspar in new york.
coach is a short documentary film about a female american soccer coach striving to attain a top-tier international coaching license in a field long dominated by men. producer courtney levinsohn encouraged us to produce a series of politically motivated posters in support of the film. one of which you can see here.
film poster for the short film, metronome (in time).
producer valerie steinberg asked that we create a poster for a short film she'd recently put together for director scott lochmus. the film plays with time and narrative structure around a musical theme. working again with long-standing collaborator jeff brown, we created a poster that touches upon these ideas in a more surrealist, metaphysical sense.
film poster for the feature film, the great darkened days.
seville international commissioned us to make a series of posters for maxime giroux's film, the great darkened days. here are a handful of designs that were not used in the end but which we felt were worth seeing nonetheless.
producer jennifer shin and director patricia rozema got in touch with an interest in making a poster for their film, mouthpiece. the film is highly original and memorable. we made several posters for it, each one touches upon its subject matter in an entirely different way.
film poster for the feature film, mickey and the bear.
annabelle attanasio and lizzie shapiro sent us a copy of their new feature film, which had just gotten into the SXSW film festival. we watched the film and talked it through with the filmmakers. three or four ideas immediately came to us and we set about working on the one that appealed to them most. the result, another collaboration with graphic designer charlotte gosch, is a piece of collage and heavy photoshop work. those who've seen the film will enjoy the more subtle touches in the piece, and those who haven't we hope will be lured in by the mysterious depictions and juxtapositions.
teaser poster for the in development feature film, skin of youth.
director ash mayfair sent us the script for one of her forthcoming new feature films and told us that she'd had a fever dream about a face "floating... kinda like ripples in water... of a boy with intense eyes wearing red lipstick." she said the image had stuck with her and that, as a result, she was having photographs taken in vietnam of the boy she wanted to play the lead in the film. the thing she wanted us to try and figure out was how to create the rest of the image she'd had in her dream.
when the images arrived of this beautiful boy in lipstick we applied a typographic treatment to them, and then had them printed very large on waterproof paper. we then bought a huge plastic tub, took it back to the studio and filled it with water. then, with the assistance of photographer and long-time collaborator jeff brown, we shot photographs of the photographs, literally underwater, whilst splashing around with our hands in order to distort the image and the text. the result is perhaps the most organic piece of design work we've ever produced.
writing, directing, title design and poster design for a short film.
two years ago caspar wrote and directed his first short film. the film is now available through the online short film festival, no budge. the film stars laine rettmer and is about loss and the fear of making a film.
the film's titles and poster were also designed by caspar.
long-time collaborator and friend, tim sutton, asked us to create the poster for the world premiere of his 4th feature film, donnybrook. the film - based on the novel of the same name - offers a brutal insight into today's middle-american, working-class malaise. the poster was our attempt at offering a more abstract interpretation of the struggles within the film. the chain-linked fencing, to our eyes, looking like stick-figures grappling with each other in conflict.
the second poster included here is based on an idea that tim had, and is an image that - whilst not wanting to spoil the story for anyone - will resonate particularly well with those that have seen the film.
end title sequence for the feature film, the song of sway lake.
we met director ari gold at a party on his rooftop. in discussions about his forthcoming new film he revealed he was looking for a title sequence. sharing a love for the filmed title sequences of saul bass, we agreed to stay and touch and discuss things further. a few weeks later producer alexandra byer, cinematographer shabier kirchner and i found ourselves upstate filming by a lake. not long after that were cutting the sequence you see here into the film. the piece combines almost every aspect of what we do as a company, from record cover design through to film direction.
seville international commissioned us to design a poster for their forthcoming scandinavian feature film, zoo. after pitching a series of ideas they settled on two photo concepts that suggested, with a wink, what the film might be about. we turned to long-time collaborator jeff brown and put together a photoshoot here in new york that echoed certain scenes in the film.
redesign of the new york-based film journal, filmmaker magazine.
with issue 104 of the magazine we decided to revamp the filmmaker logo once again. we didn't want to change the concept of it, but more the way in which we'd previously executed it. the original rendition had been hand drawn and this revised edition was more machine-made. the result is more refined and, we feel, a more fitting translation of our original concept.
canadian director and producer team jasmin mozaffari and caitlin grabham were familiar with our work for MDFF on films like 'how heavy this hammer' and 'fail to appear.' they sent us their film firecrackers with a note that underlined the efforts they were making to battle the patriarchy through cinema. after pitching several ideas to them that varied in experimentation and complexity, jasmin and caitlin went straight for the most complex and original approach. the result is a film poster quite unlike any other, that talks about the nature of the filmmaking as much as the socio-political subtext. we'd like to thank charlotte gosch for her help with the paintwork on the poster.
director ash mayfair sent us a cut of her debut feature film the moment it was ready. she was keen for us to handle both the poster and the film's title sequence. the film is so strong that our ideas came thick and fast. ash selected the approach you see here, which involved a new photoshoot with the film's actress in vietnam.
film poster for the short film, ave maria + gay semiotics.
director jeff verlanic got in touch and asked that we look at the rough cut of his latest short film that'd gotten into outfest. the film is a double bill of two shorts and so we immediately got talking about how to represent that in a single poster. the resulting design you see here gave us a chance to be a little playful and suggestive with regards to the nature of both films.
producer and co-writer charlotte rabate got in touch with us with an interest in us creating a poster for her latest production, stray dolls. after watching the film we met with director and co-writer sonejuhi sinha and discussed her intentions for the poster. we then presented a series of ideas, from which she selected two. what you see here is a hand-made poster that we felt spoke to the film both narratively and emotionally.
co-director alex harvey got in touch with us because of our work on filmmaker magazine. he was after a poster for his new hybrid-documentary, i am a seagull. the film documents the production and performance of chekhov's play, the seagull, upstate new york around lake lucille. we presented a range of ideas that we felt tackled the films multi-level narrative and 4th wall leaping dynamic. the final piece you see here talks about what it means to make a film that interleaves a rehearsal and play's full narrative at the same time.
director dan carbone got in touch and asked us to check out a cut of his new documentary, phantom cowboys. we'd talked before about working together and it was this film's beautiful imagery and time traveling narrative that sealed the deal for us. we got to work putting together some ideas and after pursuing several quite different directions, we finally found truth in the colour separated and distorted treatment you see here.
redesign of the new york-based film journal, filmmaker magazine.
furthering the cover to cover redesign we established with issues 100 and 101, we this time took an accidentally out of focus, behind the scenes still from chloe zhao's the rider and used it to echo, amongst other things, the issue's refocussing on women filmmakers and the magazine's own logo treatment.
allen anders live at the comedy castle_film poster
film poster for the short film, allen anders live at the comedy castle (circa 1987)
as part of our ongoing collaboration with writer / director laura moss, this is our poster for her new short film. allen anders is a film that plays with existential horror and after several viewings and some discussions with laura, this image you see here was the result. we cannot recommend the film enough, particularly as this poster is in some ways an illustration of what the film conjures in your mind, if not what you see on the screen.
film poster for the feature film, the party's just beginning
producer mali elfman and writer / director karen gillan got in touch with us and expressed their interest in working with us based on our portfolio of poster work thus far. as they suspected, the film was something we found very easy to relate to and produce good work in support of. pretty soon the ideas were flowing thick and fast. we produced a series of posters throughout the process, and the one you see here felt like the best fit for the film's world premiere at the glasgow film festival.
producer valerie steinberg, who we'd originally worked with on the short film fry day, reached out to us to create a poster for a new short directed by mariama diallo, hair wolf. mariama had a very clear idea of what she wanted. the result is a poster based on the 1970s ads for afro sheen.
redesign of the new york-based film journal, filmmaker magazine.
here with issue 101 we continued to push the cover to cover redesign concept we'd developed with the 100th issue. this time we created a cover design that spoke to both the drama of the feature article 'wormwood', and the 'editors on their cuts' piece later in the issue.
we first worked with matt porterfield on his short film, take what you can carry. more recently caspar was set photographer (and designed the title sequence) on his third feature film, sollers point. after playing with various ideas, matt selected one of caspar's photographs from the set as the final poster image. the typography, layout and colour were then selected to reflect the tough, unpretentious tone of the film.
redesign of the new york-based film journal, filmmaker magazine.
we pitched editor scott macaulay on the redesign of his longstanding, much respected, new york-based magazine and he said it was perfect timing. the forthcoming issue was to be his 100th issue, marking 25 years since he started the magazine with friends back in the early 90s. after some further discussion we discovered he shared a similar aesthetic interests to ours and soon the project was under way.
sharing a mutual admiration for each other's work we contacted our friend charlotte gosch in germany and asked her if she'd like to collaborate with us on the project. the whole magazine including the logo was redesigned over the space of about a month and a half. we hope the design speaks for itself as you move from page to page, but in short it represents an attempt to breathe new life into a word-heavy film journal and talk about the importance of the image in that context.
film poster for the feature film, the strange ones.
the film's producer michael prall got in touch with us in need of a poster for the film's world premiere at SXSW film festival. talking to directors lauren wolkstein and christopher radcliff it was immediately clear we were going to make something good together. their references were amongst some of our favourite posters and this in turn pushed us to present some of our best ideas. the result is a poster that keeps on giving, particularly once you've seen the film.
director laura moss approached us the moment she knew her film had been accepted into the SXSW film festival. we watched her film and very quickly realized it was not just well made, but more importantly psychologically right up our alley. we suggested a range of approaches for the poster and she picked this one.
wonderfully the poster ended up winning the SXSW excellence in poster design award.
here's the poster we made for the venice biennale screening of tim sutton's feature film, dark night. the poster was another collaboration with artist, thomas newbolt and is a more impressionistic take on the message of the film.
film poster for the feature film, how heavy this hammer.
matt porterfield introduced us to kazik radwanski and dan montgomery, who respectively directed and produced how heavy this hammer. after watching the film it was immediately clear to all of us how the poster should look. in fact the bulk of the work on it came down to tweaking the finer details.
director joey kuhn reached out to us after a talk we did about film posters for the independent filmmaker project. we were very moved by his film and proceeded to develop several poster ideas with him. the design we eventually settled on is the hard-cropped, minimal piece that you see here. we felt it suggestive of the leading protagonists' outlook and ongoing relationship.
logan sandler was introduced to us by john baker, the producer of memphis. without giving too much away about the film, we wanted to explore notions of loss, emptiness and the deep, dark depth of the ocean that came to represent so much in this film. initially exploring two very different aesthetic directions, we settled on what you see here.
we also handled website and title sequence design duties on the film.
film poster for the feature film, muito romantico.
we were put in touch with distruktur (melissa dullius and gustavo jahn) by the producer of matt porterfield's 'take what you can carry'. excited to have a chance to work on a less conventional film, we were very taken by every frame of muito romantico. it was shot on film with a very static frame and this meant that every shot was so photographic, timeless and suggestive. this combined with its experimental narrative structure gave us the space to be more minimal, expressive and free-form in the poster realm.
film poster for the short film, take what you can carry.
we were introduced to director matt porterfield by our friends on the memphis production crew. we quickly hit it off and matt asked us to create not just a poster but the title sequence for his new short film. the film has already been accepted by the berlin film festival.
film poster for the feature film, songs my brothers taught me.
producer mollye asher got in touch and asked that we might design the poster for chloe zhao's debut feature film, songs my brothers taught me. we ended up making two posters for the film, both using beautiful photographs taken on set by eleonore hendricks.
director musa syeed got in touch and asked that we watch his film with a view to creating a poster for it. we were moved by the picture and set to work exploring 2-3 different visual directions that touched on key themes in the film. the design you see here is the one that musa felt closest to. it attempts to capture the sense of conflict surrounding the decisions the main character had to make in the story. pauline fourest was the lead designer on this project.
as friends, we've spent many a long night in new york or los angeles discussing horror films with director matthew brown. when he asked us to create a poster for his new film julia, we were not just honoured but also found ourselves very in sync with what he was after. the poster you see here went through a series of different layouts, but the core of it remained the same from the outset.
music video for the los angeles-based band, sonoio
sonoio is one of the many side projects of alessandro cortini. the moment he sent us a demo of 'thanks for calling' we set to work devising a treatment that we felt did the song justice, psychologically and tonally. alessandro was keen not to be in the video this time, so matt sundin and caspar took the opportunity to devise a story that spoke to some of their own personal experiences. the result is a hitchcockian / felliniesque flight of fantasy.
you can read more about the making of the film on our blog here.
call girl is a swedish thriller based on real life events in the 1970s. huge fans of the film for many reasons, we felt compelled to create the images you see here. please note that these posters were not commissioned by the filmmakers. they were created purely to promote and support what we believe to be a quite brilliant piece of filmmaking.
you can read more about the making of the posters here.
long-time fans of alex johnson's film work, we were delighted to be asked to do a poster for his debut feature. set in austin texas, this thriller takes queues from the cohen brothers and pulls no punches. we all agreed from an early stage that some kind of brutal 'dance of death' diagram might be apt. the result makes good use of a casual, behind the scenes photo that their production team had kicking around.
record sleeve for the nashville-based band, makeup and vanity set.
the threat of anthony scott burns and makeup and vanity set collaborating on a project together had been growing at an exciting rate. finally with the forthcoming release of burns' sci-fi short 'manifold,' we get a preview of things to come in the form of the score he asked makeup and vanity set to write for it. including two new, unreleased tracks, the score is now an EP soon to be released on telefuture records.
what you see here is the sleeve artwork we created to support the release. the record is available now for preorder here.
based on our previous work on PAVILION, the film's director tim sutton invited us to the set of his new feature MEMPHIS. once again he asked us handle the films posters, title sequence and online promotion. the poster you see here was created using a photograph that caspar took on set. the image is of the film's start, willis earl beal.
you can purchase a physical copy of this poster here.
film posters for the feature film, beyond the black rainbow.
there are very few films that have you staying up the rest of the night after a screening just to make posters for them. beyond the black rainbow is one of those films. these posters were not commissioned by the filmmakers. they were created purely to promote and support what we believe to be a unique and quite brilliant piece of filmmaking.
VHS tape and poster for makeup and vanity set's film soundtrack, 88:88.
this was a project that started out with MAVS sending us demos and whispering things about it possibly being a film soundtrack. we were then contacted by the film's director, joey ciccoline. joey showed us the film and sent some ideas he'd had for possible directions for the artwork. included in his package was a poster for the 1985 kid's science fiction film, the explorers. this poster single handedly informed the initial designs we created for the film soundtrack. these designs were then scrapped when joey then expressed interest more in a design that told you less about the narrative, and gave you simply a sense of mystery.
fortunately MAVS then had the idea to do a parallel release in the form of a limited edition VHS cassette and poster. this would then come out later than the official film artwork, and give the original pieces we created a place to live. a tangent universe if you will.
artwork for 65daysofstatic's film soundtrack, silent running.
in 2010 the glasgow film festival asked 65daysofstatic if they were interested in re-scoring a film of their choosing. the band, always interested in the idea of scoring films, accepted and chose the 1970s science fiction cult classic, silent running. the success of the score lead them to perform it live at various festivals throughout 2011 and finally record it in the studio for release.
the band approached us in the summer, asking that we might put together a poster and a record cover of some description for the release. it was similarly an incredible opportunity that was by no means lost on us. the poster was in many ways a direct reference to the film, as discussed here. the final record sleeve you see to the left was something quite different, and you can read more about that here.