'Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six' Doc Trailer Traces History of Movie Poster

August 18, 2014
Source: Crome Yellow

Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six

While the movie poster is still a prominent piece of movie marketing, there are far too many that have become nothing more than shoddy Photoshop jobs with floating heads, flying embers and tons of designs that are exactly the same. Now a documentary from director Kevin Burke aims to look at what happened to the movie poster by diving into the history of the piece of movie promotion that used to be much more creative and artful than most of the posters we see in theaters today. Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six will shed light on movie poster art, its evolution over the years and much more. Now we have the first trailer.

Here's the trailer for Kevin Burke's from Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six Crome Yellow (via SlashFilm):

Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six

Here's the official synopsis for the developing documentary:

I’m really excited about where 'Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six' is headed and how far it’s come along – we’re about 80% of the way through production and couldn’t be happier with the way the story has come together. One of the most incredible things about documentary is that no matter how much you research, once you start rolling you will always learn something new and be treated to unanticipated perspectives. It’s a really organic process that allows the film to drive itself in a way.

In late October we’re doing an Eastern US road trip over a span of 10 days where we’ll be interviewing a ton of poster art world personalities – there are truly too many to name. We’re hoping to hit the UK for a similar trip in December or January and that will wrap production. I’ve already begun cutting the film into a skeleton, knowing that changes will be made as new footage is gathered, but I’m trying to stay ahead of the curve so that we’re on point to hit festivals in early 2015.

You can find more information about where Burke will be heading to finish up some more interviews for the film at SlashFilm, and if you want to hear about the latest on this film everyday, visit the official Twenty-Four By Thirty-Six website and follow @PostNoJoes1 or @KevinBurke32 on Twitter for the latest updates. And for those interested, the above poster was designed by Paul Ainsworth, and you can check out more of his work right here. As someone who has a wall full of movie posters and has been collecting my more favorite screenprints that have popped up over the years, this sounds fascinating.

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  • shiboleth
    well, that might be a cool and a sad story in the same time...
      Very true. The Death of Creativity.
  • Xerxexx
    I like the poster.
  • ragethorn
  • Got to see some Bob Peak posters at the Society of illustrators in NY some years back, they were fucking amazing, those guys were alchemists. But lifeless photoshop posters are what people want to see now. Looks forward to seeing this.
      Glad to hear this. Keeping my eyes open.
  • Cal J.
    I don't care so much for the illustrated posters that look like comic book covers. I want painted works like Struzan, Amsel, and Renato Casaro. But I'll take anything over the Photoshop shit that passes for posters these days.




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