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film poster for the short film, maria schneider, 1983.
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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. 
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imdb.com/title/tt19889104
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poster
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film poster for the short film, marungka tjalatjunu (dipped in black).
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australian photographer and filmmaker matthew thorne reached out to us when his film, marungka tjalatjunu (dipped in black), got into the adelaide film festival. he and his co-director derik lynch wanted a poster to celebrate this.

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.
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matthewjjthorne.com/work/marungka-tjalantjunu
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poster
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poster for the short film, invincible.
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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.

you can watch a trailer for the film here.
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vincentrenelortie.com/film/la-nuee-x9yym
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poster
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poster for the short film, nanitic.
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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.
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carolnguyenfilms.com/nanitic
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poster
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poster for the short film, weapons and their names.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt14668858
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poster
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poster for the feature film, see for me.
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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. 
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poster
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poster for the hybrid documentary, the act of coming out.
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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.
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newyorker.com/culture/the-new-yorker-documentary/what-exactly-does-it-mean-to-come-out-lgbtq-alexandra-stergiou
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mubi movie poster of the week
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poster
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poster for the feature film, way out ahead of us.
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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.
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redmilkroe.com/WAY-OUT-AHEAD-OF-US
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poster
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poster for the short film, the pass.
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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.
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pepiginsberg.com/projects/the-pass
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poster for the short film, bruised fruit tastes sweeter.
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jake kolton was introduced to us by matthew puccini. he wanted a new poster for his short film, bruised fruit tastes sweeter. the film was about to have its online premiere at nobudge.com

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. 
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nobudge.com/bruised-fruit-tastes-sweeter
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poster
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poster for the feature film, futra days.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt6209774
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poster
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poster for the feature film, i blame society.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt11469196
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poster
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poster for the feature film, afterwater.
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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. 
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imdb.com/title/tt12386022
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poster
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poster for the feature film, echo.
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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.
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petroliofilm.de
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poster
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poster for the feature documentary, i didn't see you there.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt16358560
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poster
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poster for the short film, bleach.
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producer emmanuel hessler got in touch with us after seeing our no crying and the dinner table poster. he asked that we consider making a poster for bleach, a short film he'd recently produced. we watched the film and soon found ourselves talking to director mattias graham

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.
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poster
animated poster
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poster for the feature film, we're all going to the world's fair.
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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. 

you can watch the trailer for the film here.
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imdb.com/title/tt13648224
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mubi movie poster of the day
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poster
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poster for the short film, hangman.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt14103074
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poster
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poster for the feature film, karmalink.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt10396450
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poster for the feature film, le prince.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt10603372
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poster
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poster for the feature film, the last son.
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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. 
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imdb.com/title/tt1800393
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mubi movie poster of the day
creative review best posters of the year 2021
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poster for the feature documentary, the great void.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt14554520
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poster
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poster for the feature film, homebody.
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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.
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homebodyfilm.com
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poster
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poster for the short film, night music.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt10186074
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poster
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poster for the feature film, la boheme.
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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.
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tricitiesopera.com/boheme-2021
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poster 3
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film poster for the documentary short, digging for life.
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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.
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diggingforlifefilm.com
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poster 1
poster 2
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film poster for the documentary short, digging for life.
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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.
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diggingforlifefilm.com
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poster
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film poster for the feature documentary, still standing.
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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.
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instagram.com/stillstanding.film
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poster
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film poster for the documentary, the love and death of yosef and zilli.
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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.
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yosefandzillimovie.com
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poster
poster 2
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film poster for the feature film, a fire in the cold season.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt8885868
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, superior.
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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. 
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imdb.com/title/tt12373414
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poster
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film poster for the feature documentary short, no crying at the dinner table.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt10413396
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film poster for the short film, dirty.
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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.
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criterionchannel.com/dirty
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, tito.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt7476866
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, funny face.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt11638942
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the film stage 8th best movie poster of 2021
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, baamum nafi.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt10416008
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, anne at 13,000 feet.
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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. 
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mdff.ca
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, the mountains are a dream that call to me.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt11389562
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, deine farbe.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt6734268
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poster
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film poster for the short film, blocks.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt10713294
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poster
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film poster for the documentary short film, coach.
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here's the second in a series of posters we made for jordan axelrod and matthew edward ellison's biting documentary about women's soccer, coach. this poster's design is obviously and lovingly a nod to hans hillmann's poster for the bunuel film, the criminal life of archibaldo de la cruz. we felt he might be ok with the appropriation given the context.
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imdb.com/title/tt7962246
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poster
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film poster for the feature documentary, pier kids.
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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.
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pierkidsthelife.com
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best poster design at indie memphis film festival.
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poster
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film poster for the short film, balk.
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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. 
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imdb.com/title/tt8750864
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film poster
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film poster for the short film, no man's land.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt8685970
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, giraffe.
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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.
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komplizenfilm.de/d/films/giraffe.html
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poster
poster 2
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film poster for the feature film, de lo mio.
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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.
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poster
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film poster for the short film, the eighth year of the emergency.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt8274914
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poster
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film poster for the short film, coach.
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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. 
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imdb.com/title/tt7962246
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film poster for the short film, metronome (in time).
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt8708960
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poster
poster 2
poster 3
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film poster for the feature film, the great darkened days.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt8553192
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, mickey and the bear.
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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. 
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imdb.com/title/tt9614440
_tags
poster
_what
poster for the TV show, rainbow ruthie.
_how
millicent cho and ruthie marantz sent us the pilot episode of rainbow ruthie, which had just gotten into SXSW film festival. the show contains VHS footage of ruthie's real life teenage years as 'rainbow ruthie' the public access TV show star, and picks up 20 years later as we see ruthie take on that role again as a youtube star. 

the poster we made is a composite of two posters, one we reimagined from the streets of new york in the 90s, and the other a new poster for the new show. both we depicted wheat-pasted to a wall in new york,  juxtaposed in a fashion that felt fitting to the entire experience of watching the new show.
_link
imdb.com/title/tt5696172
_tags
poster 2
_what
teaser poster for the in development feature film, skin of youth.
_how
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.
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poster
poster 2
_what
writing, directing, title design and poster design for a short film.
_how
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.
_link
nobudge.com/videos/leaving-hope
_tags
poster 2
_what
film poster for the feature film, donnybrook.
_how
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. 
_link
ifcfilms.com/films/donnybrook
_tags
poster 1
poster 2
_what
film posters for the feature film, zoo.
_how
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.
_link
imdb.com/title/tt7624934
_tags
tour poster
_what
tour poster for the nashville-based band, the protomen
_how
the protomen recently headed out west to road test some new material from their forthcoming LP. after some discussion john delucca set to work drawing and painting the image you see here. the image speaks for itself of course and, as ever, hints at elements of the band's ongoing conceptual narrative and as much as their reality.
_link
protomen
_tags
poster
_what
film poster for the feature film, firecrackers.
_how
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.
_link
prowlerfilm.com
_tags
poster
_what
film poster for the feature film, the third wife.
_how
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. 
_link
imdb.com/title/tt7692966
_tags
poster
_what
film poster for the short film, ave maria + gay semiotics.
_how
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.
_tags
poster
_what
film poster for the feature film, stray dolls.
_how
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.
_awards
the film stage 4th best movie poster of 2020
_tags
_what
reunion show poster for the band, mellowdrone.
_how
old friends and collaborators mellowdrone reunited this year for a one-off show in los angeles. singer jonathan bates asked me to create a poster that talked about 'growing up / becoming adult'. the painting we used as a basis for the poster is of don quixote, by one of our favourite artists, honore daumier. the elongation of this image, to us, spoke to these themes and more.
_link
melllowdrone.com
_tags
_what
film poster for the feature film, i am a seagull.
_how
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.
_link
iamaseagull.com
_tags
poster
_what
film poster
_how
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.
_link
phantomcowboys.com
_tags
poster
_what
theatre poster for the play, a lesson from aloes.
_how
actress / producer wendy vanden heuvel reached out to us after our work on i am a seagull, and sent us a copy of the athol fugard play, a lesson from aloes. after reading it we discussed with her at length the possibilities for a poster. the resulting image is one we'd conceived over the phone in our initial discussions, and that was photographed one chilly spring evening here in our studio in new york. photography by caspar, of maba ba, assisted by jeff brown.
_link
alessonfromaloes.com
_tags
_what
film poster for the short film, allen anders live at the comedy castle (circa 1987)
_how
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.
_link
lauramoss.nyc/allenanders
_tags
poster
_what
film poster for the feature film, the party's just beginning
_how
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
_tags
poster
_what
film poster for the short film, hair wolf.
_how
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.
_tags
_what
film poster for the feature film, sollers point.
_how
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.
_tags
_what
film poster for the feature film, the strange ones.
_how
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.
_link
thestrangeones.com
_tags
_what
poster for the short film, fry day.
_how
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.
_awards
SXSW jury award for excellence in poster design.
_tags
poster
_what
film poster for the feature film, dark night.
_how
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.
_tags
_what
film poster for the feature film, dark night.
_how
here's the poster we made for the BAMcinemafest 'closing night' screening of tim sutton's feature film, dark night. the film is based loosely on the 2012 aurora cinema shooting in the US.
_tags
poster
_what
film poster for the feature film, those people.
_how
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.
_link
thosepeoplefilm.com
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poster
_what
film poster for the feature film, live cargo.
_how
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.
_link
livecargomovie.com
_tags
_what
film poster for the feature film, muito romantico.
_how
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. 
_link
facebook.com/muito.romantico.filme
_tags
_what
film poster for the feature film, dark night.
_how
here's the first poster for tim sutton's dark night, released to co-incide with the film's world premiere at the sundance film festival.
_tags
poster
_what
film poster for the short film, take what you can carry.
_how
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. 
_tags
_what
poster for the feature film, valley of saints.
_how
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.
_link
valleyofsaints.com
_tags
_what
poster for the feature film, julia.
_how
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. 
_link
fb.com/juliathemovie
_tags
_what
tour posters
_how
here are a few of a large series of tour posters we created for big black delta's tour with gary numan. often created the morning of the show, each one was a riff on the previous and in many ways an off-the-cuff attempt to seduce new fans into perhaps seeing a show they'd otherwise perhaps forego.

you can view the complete set on the band's facebook page here.
_link
bigblackdelta.com
_tags
poster 5
poster 2
poster 3
poster 4
poster 1
poster 6
poster 7
poster 8
poster 9
poster 10
_what
posters for the feature film, call girl.
_how
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.
_link
facebook.com/callgirlofficial
_tags
poster
_what
film poster for the feature film, two step.
_how
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. 
_link
twostepfilm.com
_tags
falling poster
lost poster
name poster
rupture poster
_what
posters for the LA-based band, big black delta.
_how
nerve management asked us to create a series of designs for big black delta's tour that could be used for posters and t-shirts. only two of the following designs were used in the end, the other two have yet to be dusted off but may have a future yet.
_link
bigblackdelta.com
_tags
poster
_what
posters for the feature film, memphis.
_how
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.
_link
memphis-film.com
_tags
_what
film posters for the feature film, beyond the black rainbow.
_how
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.
_link
arboria.org
_tags
VHS + poster
poster
VHS
VHS 2
_what
artwork for makeup and vanity set's film soundtrack, 88:88.
_how
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.

you can see photos of the VHS tape here.
_link
8888film.com
_tags
cover
tenacious d show poster
_what
record sleeve for the nashville-based band, the protomen
_how
here's another one of the many fruits of our on-going collaborations with the protomen. the band played a tribute night in nashville, TN, back in late 2010 and the recordings came out so well they decided to release it. performing as 'queen' for the night, we decided to recreate the iconic 'queen II' record cover in a studio in brooklyn. the photography is by long-time (v) collaborator matt sundin, and the logo work is by M L hope. we handled the art direction, post-production + layout duties. 
_link
protomen.com
_tags
cover artwork
outside spread
inside spread
poster
_what
artwork for 65daysofstatic's film soundtrack, silent running.
_how
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.
_link
65daysofstatic.com
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album cover
stitches single cover
awaltzoflight cover
poster
_what
artwork and music video for polinski's debut album, labyrinths
_how
paul wolinski is one quarter of the experimental musical machine that is 65daysofstatic. polinski is his more purely electronic side-project.

the discussions for how to handle the artwork for the album started years before the record was even a twinkle in his eye. we'd talked at length for years about films, musics, books, games and designs that appeal to us for whatever reason. whether it be the books of jeff noon or the cassette loading games of sinclair ZX spectrum, there was an innate understanding of what this solo project would demand in terms of artwork the moment the demos started to come together.

the final artwork started with us coming up with a story that would capture paul's feelings about various things and how he wanted to translated those into a science fiction tale of some kind. the next step was padding that story out with various touchstone visual elements and then translating those into a series of panels that we could use for the album and any singles. the first image we put together turned out to be the album cover as it is now, and this went onto influence paul's approach to making the music. he then sent us more demos that inspired the creation of more panels, and so the back and forth went until we had enough to illustrate the story / world we had created.

the music video for the album's first single, stitches, was an attempt to bring back the feeling of using the sinclair ZX spectrum computer, whilst detailing some of the album's narrative elements. paul and caspar wrote the video's story, which expanded upon the lyrics jonathan bates from big black delta was singing on the song. john delucca then beautifully redrew and further illustrated the graphics caspar had made for the vinyl record's packaging in pixel art format, and josiah newbolt then animated those graphics.
_link
polinskimusic.net
_tags
print
album cover
_what
music video + print design for LA-based band, sonoio
_how
we'd been aware for a while that sonoio (alessandro cortini) intended to follow up his unique and well received experimental synth debut, with a 'sequel' record of some kind. furthermore alessandro was toying with the idea of a music video this time and asked that we might pitch a few ideas to him for a couple of different songs on the record. we came up with 3-4 ideas he chose the most 'live performance' based concept that we had and soon things were under way. the video was for the song enough, which to us was one of the songs that immediately jumped out on the record when hearing it for the first time. once more we recruited the talents of matt sundin (who helped us shoot the 65daysofstatic and war widow album covers) and soon after alessandro was flying to new york to shoot the video with us in brooklyn.

you can read more about making the artwork + video here.
_link
sonoio.org
_tags
EP cover
poster
_what
EP artwork + music video for the LA-based band, big black delta
_how
jonathan bates, better known for his part in the fantastic band mellowdrone, recently got back in touch with us regarding a 'new thing' he was working on. as luck would have it, it was some seriously rich and rewarding new music. the kind which fills the mind with images pretty fast. well, the next thing you know we're watching the thundercats intro in total awe, debating wallpapering our apartment walls with TRON screenshots, and obsessing over UFOs. how one thing lead to another is neither here nor there, but it turns out we were all down with this new thing ... and it was taking us places.

what then ensued was the constant, rapid exchange of music for artwork, much the way a choir does their psalms and responses. there's no question in our minds now that big black delta was the only name you could use to sum up the music, what inspired it and everything we'd ultimately made together from that point forward. cut then to just a few days ago. cut right to the moment when we slung the cover you see above onto the proverbial coffee table. cut to us all looking at each other like we knew it was time. yep, ufologists were about to get some melody in their google.

additionally we shot and edited a short film to accompany the release of the song IFUCKINGLOVEYOU. it was shot over a couple of days around independence day in los angeles. the idea was simply to capture everything we got up to in the short time we had, be that searching the night sky for flashing lights, watching dan akroyd talking about UFOs on youtube or jonathan bates making strange noises on his studio floor. we hope the end result, if nothing else, makes you feel like all these things are related. not forcibly, but maybe with a little serendipity.
_link
bigblackdelta.com
_tags
film poster
album cover
_what
artwork for the protomen's second album, act 2 - the father of death
_how
everything about this record cover + poster had to be bigger and better. the moment we heard act 2 we knew the protomen had taken things far beyond anyone's imagining, and that we were under a huge amount of pressure now to produce artwork that echoed that through & through. we were aware of john delucca's work after collaborating with him on a previous poster for the band, and hired him once again to produce the fantastic 'streets of fire' inspired drawing you see above. we then took care of the sleeve + poster layouts and also put together the 24 page booklet that would detail the story behind the music on the album.
_link
protomen.com
_tags
wide
cover
back cover
poster
_what
artwork for mellowdrone's second LP, angry bear
_how
mellowdrone called us one evening in march wondering if we were at all interested in working with them on the artwork for the follow-up record to 'box', an album which we'd played into the ground obsessively for who knows how long. work began immediately with discussions about what the new record was saying and where the band were at now. turns out they were the same age as us and into all the same stuff (david lynch, fist of the north star etc.). we then toiled for a while on an idea and passed it over to them. it was the right direction. we then produced 2 more pieces in a similar vein that formed a narrative around the core concept and produced templates for both cd + vinyl. the vinyl doesn't contain the third and final panel of the artwork, but it does have a blue plastic disc and a nice design idea for navigating which side is which.
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