Films are a hugely important inspiration piece for me as I’m an avid film watcher and have always wanted to try my hand at film-making myself. But what’s often forgotten are the posters that accompany the films. These along with their respective trailers are what draw an audience, what captures the eye and builds the interest.
I wanted to be able to focus on particular genres/categories each week so starting today I present to you some of my favourite sci-fi outer space posters!
Alien - 1979: A classic take on the simplistic yet unknown alien threat. Brilliant design can come from a minimal idea.
Aliens - 1986: The classic 80's style illustration poster beautifully capturing a climactic point in the film. Also wanted to note the contrasting styles of the first and second film and how they relate to the actual styles of filmaking in both. Alien being a very cold mysterious thriller while Aliens a gung-ho action flick.
2001 A Space Odyssey - 1968: A classic poster for a classic film. Why not show off some of your best visuals on the poster, after all the film was made pre Star Wars special effects and its just one of the reasons to get you interested in seeing this film.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture - 1979: I'm not the biggest Star Trek fan out there but some of the artwork for the earlier films are stunning. Unfortunately they seemed to get cheesier and more 'made for TV' as they went on.
Moon - 2009: Okay I cheated a little, haven't even seen this film yet. In fact it isn't even out yet!
Zathura - 2005: Space isn't all gloom and doom as advertised in Zathuras bright, colourful imagery and kids that just want to explore!
Apollo 13 - 1995: They say an image speaks a thousand words. Tom Hanks aptly proves this point in Ron Howards gripping space flick about the failed mission to the moon.
Forbidden Planet - 1956: I should really have added more than just one of these from the classic days of space horror, but this is one of my favourites.
The Empire Strikes Back - 1980: I had to put a Star Wars film in here somewhere but I was just not sure which one as there are so many to choose from!
So there ya go, and thats just a small handful of posters. I’m sure I’ve missed out quite a few, what others would you recommend?