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Watch: Great Trailer for 'Drew: The Man Behind the Poster' Doc

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August 14, 2010
Source: SlashFilm

Drew: The Man Behind the Poster Documentary Trailer

Okay, this is awesome. I feel like I've been saying that a lot recently, but this time I really mean it. SlashFilm found an official trailer on StarWars.com for a documentary called Drew: The Man Behind the Poster about, as you've guessed, the legendary Drew Struzan, the iconic poster artist we all know and love. I'll be honest - I didn't even know this was being made. A documentary about Struzan? Awesome. I knew there was a book coming soon, but that is all I'd heard about. This looks great and features interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, and so many more great movie people. Watch the trailer below!

Watch the official trailer for Erik Sharkey's Drew: The Man Behind the Poster:

Drew: The Man Behind the Poster is directed by up-and-coming American filmmaker Erik Sharkey, of a few shorts previously. Sharkey along with Greg Boas and Charles Ricciardi are the filmmaking team behind this doc. "Telling the tale through exclusive interviews, the journey spans Drew's early career in commercial and album cover art through his recent retirement as one of the most recognizable and influential movie poster artists of all time." These three filmmakers have crafted a comprehensive presentation about the artist, the art, and the stories behind Drew's most recognizable creations. This was unveiled at Comic-Con and doesn't have a distributor or release date yet, as far as we know, but I can't wait to see it! We'll keep you updated.

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  • ryderup
    Looks interesting. The extra i liked the most on the "never fall asleep" documentary was the one about the poster guy. The drawn posters from the 80s are classics in a way that the modern Photoshop work won't be.
  • Eli
    I was about to turn away from this, a movie about poster making? Then I thought, it's not just advertising, it's art. I gave it a gander and liked it because I think of movie posters in a different way. The ones you guys post on here I rarely comment on because you know it's photoshopped and all. I don't even view most of them. Back then, people really labored over the art they did. That being said, I hope this does well.
  • Dreckent
    After the Back to the Future and Indiana Jones posters... i was sold...
  • Ralph
    Dear Alex, I don´t really know why but I´m getting fed up with this "OMG I love this, WOW it´s sooooo cool, I'm sooo excited - so get ready for my overreacting of every thing worth attention". It's cool? Yes. So post it and let us judge it. Don't write about everything you like, like you're 10 year old geek - it's lame! Not awesome.
  • http://www.abduzeedo.com/ Paulo Gabriel
    I had Drew interviewed last year for Abduzeedo (a Brazilian design blog). Here's the thread: http://abduzeedo.com/interview-legendary-drew-struzan Check it out, he's an amazing person. :)
  • John
    You all realize this trailer has been up on Drew's website for a month now!
  • http://www.firstshowing.net Alex Billington
    #4 - Ha well, I love movies and I love cool stuff, and this falls into those categories. Whenever I find anything that is really awesome from the movie world, I get excited and geek out, and this definitely deserves that. Drew Struzan's is one of the greats, I'm really looking forward to seeing this doc.
  • http://www.dlmentertainment.com DLM Entertainment
    Speaking as a retailer of movie posters and a die hard fan of movies and posters in general, I have to say that time and time again, Drew Struzan's stuff outsells everyone. Even Saul Bass. Struzan has done posters for some of the most beloved movies of all times. He is truly a unique artist and there's absolutely no mistaking his work for any other. With most of the posters that are released today, it's so disheartening to see such lousy photoshopped posters done by absolute no talent hacks who couldn't even draw stick figures. Yet they're hired time and time again to put out bland boring posters that no one will remember or even worse, no one would want to have. Take Due Date for example. Has anyone seen that piece of shit? Would YOU want that on your walls? Hell no. But you look at ANY poster that Struzan has done and whether you liked the movie or not, there's no denying the posters are works of art. I have several Struzans in my collection and you can simply get lost in the work. So much detail, so much action, so much vivid color. I've found myself losing massive chunks of time staring into my 10th Anniversary Shawshank Redemption poster and noticing something new every time. For those of you who haven't seen this beautiful poster, check it out below: http://www.dlmentertainment.com/?p=121567&pn=Shawshank+Redemption%2C+The+27+x+40+Movie+Poster+Style+A Struzan's work is the stuff of legend. It's refreshing to see a master craftsman getting acknowledged in such a way and I for one cannot wait to see this documentary. By the way, Alex, it's your site dude. Feel free to geek out and get excited about whatever the hell tickles your fancy. I might not always agree with you, but I definitely admire and respect your enthusiasm. Cheers, Derek M DLM Entertainment
  • knock knock, its jimbo
    his name is drew. is this a joke film based on a nobody, was this person real?!
  • http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/2408/blackbabyjesus.gif Crapola
    Looks great. Could have done all those in photoshop though. Just kidding.
  • Lando
    ALEX, thanks for posting this!! Drew is a badass and Im glad this wasnt overlooked (like it is everywhere else). As an illustrator and movie fan im glad that such attention was paid to such an undervalued area of the movie field. #4 Go start your own site or dont read FS.net its that simple. Go watch avatar with the summer campers or twilight with the emo fashion kids..
  • leinergroove
    regarding Alex comment #7, i agree. One is very excited for the cool stuff and the great things that one can find along the way. There ain't no use talking about the shitty stuff, and that is why, there are (myself included) people who says "oh my god, that is awesome" very often... because we just talk about all that we consider worthy of a comment...
  • deadpool72
    movie poster icon. this could be quite intresting.
  • Eric
    Was that Steve Guttenberg? And what the heck is up with Georg Lucas' neck? Is that a tumor or has he just gotten that fat? Maybe it's an evil demon that lives in his throat and makes him say things like, "Jar Jar Binks is a great character and needs to be in all the prequels." A movie about a movie poster artist though? I love his stuff, but that sounds a little to insider for me.
  • chilin
    ALEX, you don't need to defend yourself. @4 Ralph Who cares man...he's running the site...not you, he can do whatever he wants. I know you already commented on the trailer. That's great. Keep it at that.

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