Another Almost Job

December 24th, 2007 | Posted in General

I’m a little busy right now trying to wrap up a few things by year’s end, and I guess there is some kind of holiday going on tomorrow? I’ll have to check my calendar… in the meantime here is a rough image of a job that fell through last week. I mentioned it in a previous “On the Drawing Board” post. It was going to be a movie poster for a film that will be in the Sundance Film Festival next month. It’s a documentary following two researchers abroad on their quest. I’ve blocked out the title just in case it was supposed to be top secret…


I ordinarily never do anything “on spec” (meaning for free in order to secure the job and MAYBE get paid), but in this case I spent a small amount of time cobbling together this rough layout for the client to use to try and sell the concept to the rest of the producers. As it happens the concept got rejected because they felt it would have been too humorous. Actually the original concept would have been far more humorous, with a high energy action caricature of the two main guys and lots of surrounding caricatures of some of the colorful people they meet on their travels. This rather boring design was an attempt to salvage the idea a little, but all the reasons one would want to use humorous artwork in the first place had basically been removed, so it was doomed to failure. Too bad because this was going to be a full blown one sheet movie poster that was 40 inches tall. That would have been fun to see.

I have another movie project in the works that involves art for the actual film and credits, which is a definite “go” (more or less) so that will be interesting, fun and a ton of work in the first quarter of 2008.


  1. quikdraw4 says:

    Congratulations on the movie credit art job Tom!
    That sounds like a fun unique concept for a Hollywood movie.
    They producers must’ve given you an advance copy of the movie to view and create the artwork for-which must be exciting (hopefully) to see.
    Hopefully you got some residual deal for the work on the movie so you’ll have checks coming in for a long time.
    Amazes me regarding Hollywood. Though an old time actor or crew member from a film made in the 40’s or earlier is dead-the estate still gets sent residual checks everytime that movie is shown or sold on DVD.


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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