What are some of your favorite movies?
Do they include Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode IV--A New Hope, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Dark Knight, Swingers and... Beat Street? We asked 20 of our favorite artists to create a poster for their favorite movie and the results deliver this incredibly colorful and immersive love letter to movies old and new. Some of the movies include the ones mentioned above, plus The Shining, Jurassic Park, The Princess Bride and more. You want Pixar, we got Pixar. You want women who kick ass, we've got an entire poster full of 'em.
From Spielberg to Stand by Me, see all 20 posters along with which artists participated right here.
So what inspires an artist when they're asked to create a poster for their favorite movie? We asked a few of the artists for their inspiration, and here's what they said.
"Women Who Kick Ass," by Rachel Ignotofsky
"Movies have always been a huge inspiration for me. Some of my favorite characters are fierce leading ladies who save the day. These women use their brain and brawl, while not giving up their sensitivity or femininity. Growing up with Princess Leia and Ellen Ripley made me never doubt my own kick-ass nature. I am excited to see even more strong women on the silver screen, and with this poster we can all celebrate women who kick ass."
"The Dark Knight Trilogy," by Tracy Tubera
"The Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy is by far one of my favorite movie trilogies ever made. The Dark Knight, in my opinion, is the best comic book ever made. It is also just a great film, period! Nolan took one of the most popular pop-culture characters in the world and created fantastic, believable movies about Batman's mythos. A character who has been one of my all time favorite superheroes since I was a child. Creating this Illustration celebrating these movies and Batman was a complete joy and honor for me."
"The Harry Potter Franchise," by Kelly Frisby
"The Snape and Lilly love story has always been a fan favorite and it’s something that really resonates with me. I didn’t intend for it to be the focus at first, but as I kept working through rough patches, it ended up taking center stage."
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army," by Jeff Welborn
"I have a list of things I really love: my wife, my son, cats, tacos, amusement parks. A few other things very high on that list are monsters, creative design and practical effects. And while Hellboy 2 didn't have my wife or son in it, it did have cats. And it had loads of beautifully designed creatures achieved through practical effects and makeup."
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," by Nicole Adamson
"The theme of this piece is based on the chocolate room in the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where chocolate and other sweet treats are creared in a room where everything is edible. I thoroughly enjoyed this film because of the unique characters and imaginitive environments. As I child I longed to visit Wonka's factory. This film allowed for the impossible to become a reality for me."
Wanna see these posters in person? All 20 posters will be in display at a pop-up gallery in conjunction with the Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series in Santa Monica, California. If that's near you, catch the series at the Santa Monica Pier from 7-10 p.m. on the following dates in 2015: July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, Aug 27, September 3 and September 10.
And yes, there will be giveaways.
To check all 20 posters, visit our ultimate virtual gallery here