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The Poster Boys

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Rank #53 in Design category

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The Poster Boys are Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith, two designers who get together and discuss all things graphic design, share their influences, and explore and celebrate the titans of poster design history. Schaefer and Smith both work as poster designers in today’s film industry, working with clients including The Criterion Collection, IFCFilms, Oscilloscope, Death Waltz Recording Company, and Janus Films. Look as you listen by following theposterboys.tumblr.com.

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The Poster Boys are Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith, two designers who get together and discuss all things graphic design, share their influences, and explore and celebrate the titans of poster design history. Schaefer and Smith both work as poster designers in today’s film industry, working with clients including The Criterion Collection, IFCFilms, Oscilloscope, Death Waltz Recording Company, and Janus Films. Look as you listen by following theposterboys.tumblr.com.

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This podcast is my poster school!

By sorina v - Feb 11 2019
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Couldn’t be more excited to discover this niche podcast. As a designer looking to get into posters for film there few centralized resources dedicated to the art of the poster. Yes it is long but I kinda love the length and tangents because drawing takes forever and this is the perfect pair to art. Thank you guys for putting this together !

The Poster Boys are Wonderful

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Wonderful Podcast by 2 Talented designers that I respect and Admire. Inspirations Galore !!

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135 Ratings
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This podcast is my poster school!

By sorina v - Feb 11 2019
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Couldn’t be more excited to discover this niche podcast. As a designer looking to get into posters for film there few centralized resources dedicated to the art of the poster. Yes it is long but I kinda love the length and tangents because drawing takes forever and this is the perfect pair to art. Thank you guys for putting this together !

The Poster Boys are Wonderful

By midamrauder - Aug 05 2016
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Wonderful Podcast by 2 Talented designers that I respect and Admire. Inspirations Galore !!

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The Poster Boys

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The Poster Boys are Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith, two designers who get together and discuss all things graphic design, share their influences, and explore and celebrate the titans of poster design history. Schaefer and Smith both work as poster designers in today’s film industry, working with clients including The Criterion Collection, IFCFilms, Oscilloscope, Death Waltz Recording Company, and Janus Films. Look as you listen by following theposterboys.tumblr.com.

50: The 50 Greatest Movie Posters Ever!

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If you could preserve only fifty movie posters, what would they be? For their 50th episode, The Poster Boys try to answer that question for themselves by traveling back through the last 100+ years of key art from around the globe to select fifty of their favorites. From 1920’s Sweden to the US in the present day, Brandon and Sam discuss what they’d save and why they’d leave certain posters behind.

The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.

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The Blog of F Ron Miller Twitter’s Favorite Movie Posters Ever Made

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; Hot And Cold by Jermaine Stewart from WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S (1989).

Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, Jay Shaw, Max A. Butler, Keenan Luciani, Makiko, Midnight Marauder, Bryan West, Dylan Marchetti, Jacob Lindström, Matthew McCarthy, DRW, Dafna Pleban, Robert Ewing, Tim Cook, Juan Motoa, Andrew Elmore, Daniel Mouton, Neven Udovicic, Matt McKee, Scott Saslow.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Produced by Adrian Cobb

Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

Feb 28 2019

3hr 36mins

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23: Hammer Horror

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Best known for their gothic horror, Hammer Films produced motion pictures from the late 1950s until the 1970s that have since become classics of the genre. In celebration of the Halloween season, The Poster Boys look at the history surrounding the posters from several of their more notable releases. From The Mummy with Peter Cushing to Dracula AD 1972 with Christopher Lee, Brandon and Sam discuss the changes in marketing over the years, and examine some of their favorite pieces of Hammer key art from all corners of the world.

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1980’s Horror Movie Poster Logos and Typography British Film Posters Tom Chantrell and Unfilmed Hammer Posters The Wrong Side of the Art Film on Paper - Interview with Vic Fair Film on Paper - Interview with Shirley Chantrell A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme; Tristram Cary, opening title music from Quatermass and the Pit.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb and to our presenting partner, AIGA’s Eye on Design blog.

Oct 19 2016

1hr 38mins

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34: The Process - Part 1

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This month, Brandon and Sam journey back into their own lives to discuss how they first got involved in design, and the ways in which their process has changed over time. From school flyers to fake toy packaging, the boys share stories from their childhood and discuss how they both went from designing film posters for fun to making it into a career.

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Carnage for Kids

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme, Great Southern Land from the Young Einstein Original Soundtrack, excerpt from Mr. Rogers draws a house.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

Sep 28 2017

2hr 22mins

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28: Movie Posters of the 90’s

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The best movie posters of the 90’s, on the new episode of The Poster Boys. Designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith reflect on their favorite one-sheets produced in the 90’s, discussing the posters that made impressions on them as kids, those that had a formative impact on their design sensibilities, and those that still hold up today for their branding, balance, use of photography, and iconic power, from THE ROCKETEER and HOME ALONE to NAKED LUNCH and Akira Kurosawa’s DREAMS.

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Vic Fair Interview Alan Aldridge Interview Twelve Monkeys Documentary (Poster Section)

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme, Peter Gabriel and Deep Forest - “While the Earth Sleeps” from the STRANGE DAYS motion picture soundtrack.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

Mar 28 2017

3hr 1min

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9: The Criterion Collection

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This month, The Poster Boys celebrate the efforts behind the Criterion Collection in bringing the best classic and contemporary films to cinephiles across the country. Sam talks with esteemed designer F. Ron Miller about his career and the work he’s done with Criterion, while the boys each share and discuss ten of their favorite Criterion cover designs from the collection. Plus, some surprise guests chime in with their own picks.

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Criterion Designs Criterion Designs posts at Criterion.com Aesthetic Apparatus interview at CriterionCast Eric Skillman on designing The Man Who Knew Too Much F. Ron Miller on designing 3 Films by Rosselini F. Ron Miller on designing Safety Last F. Ron Miller on designing Lonesome F. Ron Miller on designing The 39 Steps F. Ron Miller on designing Anatomy of a Murder F. Ron Miller on designing Kiss Me Deadly Jason Hardy on designing Rosselini’s War Trilogy Designer of the Week: Jason Hardy Sam Smith on designing Modern Times

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme, The Children by John Barry, The 39 Steps Opening Titles, Rossellini's Journey To Italy, Les Quatre Cents Coups (The 400 Blows), Smile from Modern Times.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

Aug 19 2015

2hr 17mins

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15: Cuban Film Posters

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This month the Poster Boys survey the Golden Age of Cuban Posters, created during and after the Cuban Revolution. In addition to the iconic social and political posters that celebrated Cuba’s cultural pride and solidarity with other nations, hundreds of silkscreen film posters were produced during the 60’s which reflected the distinct styles and humble ingenuity of Cuba’s poster artists. Brandon and Sam reflect on the processes of these artists and appreciate how much their posters have influenced their own personal philosophies as designers. The Flat File looks at the Cuban poster for STOLEN KISSES, a top design of Sam’s, and the other international posters for Truffaut’s 1968 film.

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In Print: Revolucion!: Cuban Poster Art Soy Cuba: Cuban Cinema Posters From After the Revolution Mira Cuba: The Cuban Poster Art from 1959 The Cuban Image: Cinema and Cultural Politics in Cuba The Art of Revolution Online: Giselle Monzón screenprinting posters at the ICAIC Cuban posters with Giselle Monzón Art of Cuba OSPAAAL The Danish Film Institute’s Cuban Poster Collection Out of the Bachs Soy Cuba Cuban Poster Art Steven Heller on Cuban Film Posters Art of Posters for Films, the Cuban School Eduardo Munoz Bachs Web Memorial The Posters of the ICAIC The International Institute of Social History It’s Nice That on Cuban Film Posters Brandon at The Art House Sam on Antonio Pérez Ñiko at Sam’s Myth Antonio Pérez Ñiko’s personal blog

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme; Los Caneyes, “Suspirando por el Chikichaka;”* Stolen Kisses original soundtrack by George Delerue; Juan Pablo Torres y Algo Nuevo, “Son a Propulsion”* (*from Si Para Usted: the Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba Volumes 1 and 2, Light in the Attic Records)

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb and to our presenting partner, AIGA’s Eye on Design blog.

Feb 23 2016

2hr 4mins

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42: Movie Posters of the 80’s - Part 1

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This summer, The Poster Boys take an extended trip back to the movie theatre lightboxes and video stores of their childhoods, and survey the Movie Posters of the 80’s in a two-part spectacular. In Part I, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith comment on trends in 80’s poster design, titles, typography, and branding, holding both photo-based designs and richly illustrated painted works on the same playing field as pieces of key art worthy of both nostalgic remembrance and fresh objectivity.

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People Only Die of Love in Movies: Film Writing by Jim Ridley Trajan: How one typeface took over movie posters Mondo to Release JAWS Screenprint based on Roger Kastel’s original missing painting

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; “Bod Boy by Miami Sound Machine; Waves by Debbie Lytton.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

Jul 02 2018

1hr 45mins

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38: Barbara Kruger

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After a small break due to technical difficulties, The Poster Boys are back! This month, Brandon and Sam dive into the work of renowned artist Barbara Kruger, looking back to the beginning of her career as a designer to see how she used her training as an art director at Condé Nast to bridge the gap between fine art and graphic design. From posters to billboards to editorial art, the boys discuss some of their favorite pieces, and examine how form and content can be used as a force for good.

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Edel Rodriguez - Meet the Preeminent Illustrator of the Trump Era Barbara Kruger in Her Own Words Barbara Kruger Forever (Feb 2, 2018) Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You Barbara Kruger

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme, audio excerpts from “Barbara Kruger in her own words” (National Gallery of Art).

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

Feb 27 2018

1hr 30mins

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31: David Lynch

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With the return of Twin Peaks after 26 years, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith look back at the posters that have accompanied the many films of David Lynch in their first director-themed episode. From Eraserhead to Inland Empire, the boys discuss how Lynch’s unique cinematic vision has been marketed both in the US and abroad since 1977 while looking at the role a one-sheet plays in honoring a filmmaker’s work. Plus: listener feedback and a few words on the state of the superhero movie poster in 2017.

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What David Lynch’s Use of Typography Reveals (or Doesn’t) Fred Davis’ comps for Mulholland Drive

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme, “In Heaven” from the ERASERHEAD original motion picture soundtrack, Twin Peaks theme by Angelo Badalamenti, “Shadow” by Chromatics.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

Jun 30 2017

2hr 31mins

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21: Dick Bruna

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On this month’s episode of The Poster Boys podcast, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith look at the inspiring life and iconic work of Dutch designer Dick Bruna, from his hundreds of book cover designs to his children’s books and characters, and his designs for his home town of Utrecht in The Netherlands, from whence host Sam brings a report from his recent trip. Plus: This month in The Flat File, the book covers and poster art for PSYCHO.

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Dick Bruna / Miffy official website Original book covers by Dick Bruna Psycho Title Sequence

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme; The Rainstorm from Psycho by Bernard Herrmann; La Vie En Rose by Edith Piaf.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb and to our presenting partner, AIGA’s Eye on Design blog.

Aug 15 2016

2hr 5mins

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27: Stenberg Brothers

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This month on The Poster Boys, Brandon and Sam head back to the 1920s to look at the incredible film posters born out of the Russian Revolution and the work of two of Russia’s most prominent designers in particular, Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg. Despite a tragically short career, the Stenberg Brothers crafted over 300 posters during a period fraught with societal and technological change while becoming the pioneers of design and advertising techniques used throughout the world to this day. Also in this episode: a look in the Flat File at the poster designs for Buster Keaton’s silent comedy classic, THE GENERAL.

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Stenberg Brothers: Constructing a Revolution in Soviet Design Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of the Stenberg Brothers Part 1 Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of the Stenberg Brothers Part 2 Movie Poster of the Week: the Posters of Dziga Vertov Interview with Vladimir Stenberg The Daily Stenberg Russian Film Posters 1900-1930 Film Posters of the Russian Avant-Garde Russian Revolutionary Posters

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme, clips from Man with a Movie Camera.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

Feb 28 2017

2hr 5mins

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18: Brandon & Sam’s Favorites - Part 1

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This month Brandon and Sam look back at their favorite movie posters ever. In the first of a two-part episode, the Poster Boys reflect on the movie posters of their childhood and the designs that captured their imagination growing up, from the art of Faerie Tale Theatre to Robocop and The Rocketeer.

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Art of the Modern Movie Poster, Judith Salavetz, Spencer Drate, and Sam Sarowitz, with text by Dave Kehr, Chronicle Books Faerie Tale Theatre artwork gallery John Mattos film posters

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme; The Rocketeer original score by James Horner.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb and to our presenting partner, AIGA’s Eye on Design blog.

May 16 2016

1hr 20mins

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39: Ingmar Bergman

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In honor of Janus Films’ centennial retrospective of Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema, the Poster Boys survey the film posters of the influential and iconic Swedish auteur. From arthouse classics like THE SEVENTH SEAL and CRIES AND WHISPERS to overseas sensations SUMMER WITH MONIKA and PERSONA, Bergman’s films saw creative and visionary poster designs in Germany, Poland, Japan, Italy, the Czech Republic, and the US, providing a veritable international poster tour for listeners and cinephiles this month.

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The Headless Women Project Hall of Femmes Klimowski Poster Book Movie Poster of the Week: the Best of Bergman Movie Poster of the Week: “Wild Strawberries” and the posters of Jerzy Flisak

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme, Schumann Piano Quintet, op. 44 in E-flat major (2nd movement), It's You I Like by Fred Rogers

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

Mar 30 2018

2hr 21mins

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41: Bill Gold Advertising

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With the recent passing of Bill Gold, The Poster Boys look back on the design studio headed by one of the biggest names in film advertising for over 40 years. From Casablanca to Mystic River, Brandon and Sam touch on Gold’s early days as an in-house designer at Warner Bros. before diving into the numerous film poster campaigns he and his collaborators created for some of cinema’s most enduring works. After the Bill Gold Advertising studio tour, the boys open up the Flat File to take a quick look at the posters for the 1973 horror classic, The Exorcist.

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The Legacy of Interview Magazine Robert Indiana - LOVE Kickstarter: Unit Editions - Herb Lubalin: American Graphic Designer FreelanceWars Bill Gold: PosterWorks Bill Gold, Iconic Master of the Movie Poster Meet Movie Poster Master Bill Gold AFI Interview with Bill Gold Mike Kaplan - How Stanley Kubrick Kept His Eye on the Budget, Down to the Orange Juice Dan Perri - Art of the Title Career Retrospective

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; “Straight, No Chaser by Thelonious Monk.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

May 31 2018

2hr 16mins

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49: John Alvin

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Kicking off the start of a new year, The Poster Boys dive into the work of the legendary poster art of John Alvin, who found notoriety as an artist at Intralink Film and Graphic Design before establishing Alvin & Associates with his wife Andrea in the early 1990s. From Blade Runner to Beauty and the Beast, Brandon and Sam look back on and discuss the process behind some of the most iconic film posters ever created between the mid-1970s all the way through the early 2000s.

The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.

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John Alvin Art The Art of Andrea Alvin ArtInsights Interview with John Alvin ArtInsights Gallery - Alvin Originals Titan Books Interview with Andrea Alvin The Art of Movie Posters: Interview with Andrea Alvin Amblin Road: Interview with Andrea Alvin The Hidden History of the Jurassic Park Logo by Craig Caro The Art of Bob Pepper (CORRECTION: Bob Pepper did not recently pass away, as Sam said on the show; He has been passed away for a long while! We apologize for the goof, and recommend you check out his art nonetheless!)

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; Remembering Childhood from HOOK (1991); The Goonies 'R' Good Enough from THE GOONIES (1985).

Thank you to our patrons: Jay Shaw, Aschley Fish, Max A. Butler, Midnight Marauder, Makiko, Jacob Lindström, Matthew McCarthy, DRW, Scott Saslow, Matt McKee, Dafna Pleban, Robert Ewing, Juan Motoa, Tim Cook, Andrew Elmore, Daniel Mouton, Neven Udovicic, Logan Norris.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Produced by Adrian Cobb

Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

Jan 31 2019

2hr 8mins

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12: Star Wars Poster Spectacular

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Ahead of the release of the latest entry in the Star Wars saga, the Poster Boys pull out the history books to uncover the story behind nearly forty years of Star Wars poster art. From Howard Chaykin’s first teaser in 1976 all the way to LA’s one-sheet for The Force Awakens in 2015, Sam and Brandon look at the way designing and commissioning posters has changed with each passing year while digging into some of the franchise’s most unsung heroes. They also touch on their own history with the films, and how their understanding of the design surrounding them has evolved over time.

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CORRECTION: The poster and sketch for the Star Wars NPR Radio Adaptation was created by Celia Strain. In this episode we mistakenly identified the artist as Celia Strong. The Poster Boys regret the error, and encourage listeners to see more of Celia Strain’s work at celiastrainillustration.com.

The Star Wars Poster Book by Steve Sansweet Suzy Rice on designing the Star Wars logo Anatomy of a Star Wars Logo

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme, Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk by Meco.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb and to our presenting partner, AIGA’s Eye on Design blog.

Nov 15 2015

1hr 51mins

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51: Q&A with Sam and Brandon

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Q&A time!! For the first episode after 50, The Poster Boys answer questions about posters, process, design, clients, movies, life, and everything in between. A special to thanks to the listeners who reached out and helped make this episode possible!

The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.

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Scott Saslow Bryan West DRW Neven Udovičić Midnight Marauder JefCaine Daniel Norris Akiko Stehrenberger

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme.

Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, Jay Shaw, Keenan Luciani, Max A. Butler, Midnight Marauder, Makiko, Dylan Marchetti, Ben Toupein, Jacob Lindström, Scott Saslow, Matthew McCarthy, Matt McKee, DRW, Dafna Pleban, Juan Motoa, Unsupervised Kids - Juan, Robert Ewing, Tim Cook, Andrew Elmore, Daniel Mouton, Bryan West, Neven Udovicic

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Produced by Adrian Cobb

Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

Mar 29 2019

2hr 49mins

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46: Italian Horror

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After opening the Flat File on Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA for their Patreon supporters last month, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith survey the macabre visions of Italian Horror film posters. These wild and weird designs, much like Argento, Bava, Martino, and Fulci’s films themselves, tap into the highest and lowest measures of aesthetics, from the sleaziest to the sublime.

The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.

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Alphaville Design Lazy Dog Press - Pittori di cinema Silver Ferox Design Made in Hell: A Pictoral Voyage Through Italian Horror Renato Casaro Sandro Simeoni Manfredo Acerbo Ercole Brini Giuliano Nistri Anselmo Ballester Silvano Campeggi

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; PROFONDO ROSSO theme by Goblin; “Head Over Heels” by Douglas Meakin from AENIGMA.

Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, Jay Shaw, Juan Motoa, Max A. Butler, Andrew Elmore, Logan Norris, Natalie Slack, Makiko, Midnight Marauder, Jacob Lindström, Matt McKee, Tim Cook, Neven Udovicic, Scott Saslow.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Produced by Adrian Cobb.

Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

Oct 29 2018

2hr 3mins

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14: Hipgnosis

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For their first episode of 2016, the Poster Boys depart from the world of one-sheets for a quick spin around some of music’s most visually engaging album covers courtesy of the design powerhouse Hipgnosis. From Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Brandon and Sam explore the prolific career of a small design studio working out of London’s Tin Pan Alley from the late 1960s until the early 1980s. They cap things off with a return to the world of film, where they open up the Flat File and find a surprising amount of unused work for Ron Howard’s 1984 comedy, Splash.

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Little White Lies tumblr Mobil Masterpiece For the Love of Vinyl Taken by Storm Splash blog - Theatrical poster comps

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme, “The Song Remains the Same” and “The Rain Song” from Houses of the Holy by Led Zeppelin, “Pigs (Part 1)” from Animals by Pink Floyd, “Love Came for Me’ by Rita Coolidge from the Splash Motion Picture Soundtrack, 10cc - “I’m Not in Love” from The Original Soundtrack by 10cc.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb and to our presenting partner, AIGA’s Eye on Design blog.

Jan 15 2016

1hr 53mins

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44: Seven Samurai

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Coinciding with the launching of The Poster Boys on Patreon (patreon.com/theposterboys), this month designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith are changing it up! Hitting the drawing board to unveil original posters designs for SEVEN SAMURAI, as chosen by listeners, the boys discuss their design process, celebrating the unique, different approaches designers can take to honor Akira Kurosawa’s classic film in the form of a fresh and iconic poster. They also open the Flat File to look at the other SEVEN SAMURAI posters from around the world. Top-level patrons in the Poster Boys’ new Patreon community can own these posters themselves as commemorative gifts, among other rewards and exclusive offerings. To support the Poster Boys and join their family of friends, patrons, and producers, visit patreon.com/theposterboys.

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Saul Bass Archive at film/art gallery.

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; Seven Samurai original score by Fumio Hayasaka.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Produced by Adrian Cobb.

Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

Sep 11 2018

1hr 56mins

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59: 2019 In Review

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For the final episode of The Poster Boys, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith round up the most notable movie posters of 2019, celebrating some of their personal favorites while reflecting on general trends in key art, festival posters, design agencies, and other aspects of the industry.

The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.

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Movie Poster of the Week Screen Fonts Posterized Propaganda Posterwomen Newsletter Posteritati JozefSquare

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; Prelude from The Last Black Man In San Francisco; God Gave Rock And Roll To You II by KISS.

Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, Logan Norris, John Paino, That Robot Guy, Jay Shaw, Midnight Marauder, Dylan Marchetti, Christian Laliberte, Lee Turner, Mike Guzman, Jason Suzuki, Ben Toupein, Jacob Lindström, Maddox Finkel, Matthew McCarthy Film Art Gallery, DRW, Matt McKee, Matthew Goodman, Dafna Pleban, Max A. Butler, Alex Kintzle, Robert Ewing, Scott Saslow, Sean Greathead, Llenn Kohlman, Tim Cook, Joaquin Morin, Makiko, Marie Julian, Neven Udovicic, Nico, Bryan West.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Produced by Adrian Cobb

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Dec 04 2019

2hr 21mins

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58: Martin Scorsese

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With Martin Scorsese’s critically-acclaimed new film THE IRISHMAN hitting theaters and Netflix this month, poster designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith take a look back at the posters of Scorsese’s filmography. From his early iconic classics like MEAN STREETS and THE KING OF COMEDY to his additional DeNiro collaborations TAXI DRIVER and RAGING BULL, as well as his genre diversions AFTER HOURS and BRINGING OUT THE DEAD and his recent string of Dicaprio-led hits like THE DEPARTED and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, the Boys reflect on poster design trends from the late 70’s to today.

The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.

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Hat and Beard Press: The Art of Akiko Stehrenberger Inside Martin Scorsese’s Movie Poster Collection MOMA: Scorsese Selects Alex Griendling’s unused designs for Shutter Island

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; The Ronettes - Be My Baby; Bernard Herrmann - Taxi Driver.

Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, John Paino, DRW, That Robot Guy, Jay Shaw, Midnight Marauder, Dylan Marchetti, Christian Laliberte, Mike Guzman, Ben Toupein, Jason Suzuki, Jacob Lindström, Matt McKee, Maddox Finkel, Matthew Goodman, Matthew McCarthy Film Art Gallery, Dafna Pleban, Sean Greathead, Alex Kintzle, Scott Saslow, Robert Ewing, Max A. Butler, Unsupervised Kids - Juan, Tim Cook, Makiko, Joaquin Morin, Marie Julian, Daniel Mouton, Nico, Neven Udovicic, Logan Norris, Bryan West.

Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.

Produced by Adrian Cobb

Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

Nov 01 2019

1hr 54mins

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57: Movie Posters of the 70’s - Part 2

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It’s the Movie Posters of the 70′s - PART TWO! This month on The Poster Boys podcast, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith complete their annual deep-dive into American film posters from an entire decade; this time: the 1970’s. In the second of an epic two-part special, The Poster Boys round out their list of favorite and noteworthy graphic designs from a tremendous decade of key art.

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Keith Phipps’ “The Laser Age” column for The Dissolve Sam’s Myth - Process: CARLOS Don Record: Hollywood’s Other Lost Title Designer

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; Bruce Langhorne - The Hired Hand original soundtrack.

Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, John Paino, DRW, That Robot Guy, Jay Shaw, Midnight Marauder, Dylan Marchetti, Christian Laliberte, Mike Guzman, Ben Toupein, Jason Suzuki, Jacob Lindström, Matt McKee, Maddox Finkel, Matthew Goodman, Matthew McCarthy Film Art Gallery, Dafna Pleban, Sean Greathead, Alex Kintzle, Scott Saslow, Robert Ewing, Max A. Butler, Unsupervised Kids - Juan, Tim Cook, Makiko, Joaquin Morin, Marie Julian, Daniel Mouton, Nico, Neven Udovicic, Logan Norris, Bryan West.

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Sep 30 2019

1hr 53mins

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56: Movie Posters of the 70’s - Part 1

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Designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith take an annual deep-dive into American film posters from an entire decade; this time: the 1970’s. In the first of an epic two-part special, The Poster Boys look at key art contributions by legendary illustrators of the era including Milton Glaser, Richard Amsel, Ted Coconis, and Jack Davis, as well as contributions from countless other designers and illustrators who created challenging and memorable poster art in an analog era long before today’s design technologies emerged.

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Movie Poster of the Week: The American Film Theatre

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme, Finale by David Shire from THE CONVERSATION (1974), Music from TIME AFTER TIME (1979) by Miklos Rozsa

Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, John Paino, DRW, That Robot Guy, Jay Shaw, Midnight Marauder, Dylan Marchetti, Christian Laliberte, Jason Suzuki, Jacob Lindström, Ben Toupein, Matthew McCarthy Film Art Gallery, Matt McKee, Dafna Pleban, Robert Ewing, Unsupervised Kids - Juan, Alex Kintzle, Max A. Butler, Tim Cook, Makiko, Scott Saslow, Marie Julian, Daniel Mouton, Logan Norris, Nico, Neven Udovicic, Bryan West, Mike Guzman, Maddox Finkel.

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Sep 06 2019

1hr 38mins

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55: Fischer-Nosbisch

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This month on The Poster Boys podcast, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith celebrate the movie poster designs of Dorothea Fischer-Nosbisch and Fritz Fischer, partners and unsung heroes who designed stunning posters and programs for Atlas Films in 1960′s Germany alongside like Hans Hillmann, Heinz Edelmann, and other members of their award-winning design collective NOVUM which they founded. Displaying a range of styles incorporating expressive illustration, typography, and photography, Fischer-Nosbisch’s work connects to modern-day film poster design in refreshing and inspiring ways.

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Film Kunst Grafik The Poster Boys: Hans Hillmann Music Production Podcast - Be PROlific The Beacon Cinema (Correction: Haunted Light poster by CITY SCUM)

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme, The Third Man theme by Anton Karas

Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, John Paino, DRW, Jay Shaw, Midnight Marauder, Dylan Marchetti, Christian Laliberte, Jason Suzuki, Ben Toupein, Jacob Lindström, Matthew McCarthy, Scott Saslow, Matt McKee, Dafna Pleban, Mike Guzman, Maddox Finkel, Max A. Butler, Robert Ewing, Alex Kintzle, Juan Motoa, Unsupervised Kids, Makiko, Tim Cook, Marie Julian, Daniel Mouton, Logan Norris, Nico, Neven Udovicic, Bryan West.

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Aug 02 2019

1hr 23mins

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54: Disney Renaissance

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With Disney’s Aladdin now in theaters and their upcoming release of The Lion King arriving this summer, The Poster Boys head back to their animated origins by diving into the Disney Renaissance! From The Little Mermaid to Tarzan, Brandon and Sam look back on and discuss the process behind some of Disney’s most iconic film posters from 1989 to 1999.

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Art of the Title: Nina Saxon: A Career Retrospective, Part 1 Lindsay Ellis - Video Essays

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme, Part of Your World from THE LITTLE MERMAID; Friend Like Me from ALADDIN

Thank you to our patrons: Jason Suzuki, Aschley Fish, John Paino, DRW, Jay Shaw, Midnight Marauder, Dylan Marchetti, Christian Laliberte, Ben Toupein, Jacob Lindström, Scott Saslow, Matthew McCarthy, Matt McKee, Maddox Finkel, Mike Guzman, Alex Kintzle, Robert Ewing, Max A. Butler, Unsupervised Kids, Juan Motoa, Tim Cook, Makiko, Marie Julian, Dafna Pleban, Daniel Mouton, Nico, Neven Udovicic, Bryan West.

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Jul 02 2019

1hr 30mins

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BONUS: The Flat File - PIXAR

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Exclusively to Patreon supporters of The Poster Boys, The Flat File is a monthly bonus podcast that features designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith taking an in-depth look at the posters from around the world made for a particular classic film.

This month on The Flat File, we take a look at the official posters for the Pixar movie library, from TOY STORY to… TOY STORY 4! With Lightning McQueen, The Incredibles, Coco, Wall-E, Dory, Sully, Remy, and Nemo along the way, the Boys discuss the unique considerations that apply to creating and viewing animated film posters, and compare these designs to other trends in contemporary key art.

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Jun 28 2019

1hr 8mins

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53: Japanese Film Posters

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This month on The Poster Boys, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith survey the history of Japanese Film Posters, defined by gorgeous photo-collage, dynamic uses of scale, color, and typography, and an overall unique elegance with the occasional zany flair. While not much is known (in English) about the production of these designs, their excellence is overdue for greater appreciation. Brandon and Sam select some of their favorites, including posters for many of the arthouse classics of the modern era, and highlight key designers including Masakatsu Ogasawara, Kiyoshi Awazu, and Tadanori Yokoo.

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Jeremy Wheeler - “Dynamic Design: The Wild World of Japanese Movie Posters Eiko Ishioka Poster Exhibition Columbia University Libraries - Hisamitsu Noguchi Noguchi Hisamitsu Cinema Graphics

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme, Eat from HAUSU (HOUSE)

Thank you to our patrons: Jason Suzuki, Aschley Fish, John Paino, Jay Shaw, Midnight Marauder, Makiko, Dylan Marchetti, Ben Toupein, Jacob Lindström, Matthew McCarthy, Scott Saslow, Matt McKee, DRW, Max A. Butler, Robert Ewing, Unsupervised Kids, Dafna Pleban, Mike Guzman, Tim Cook, Juan Motoa, Nico, Marie Julian, Daniel Mouton, Bryan West, Neven Udovicic.

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May 31 2019

1hr 51mins

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52: Marvel Movie Poster Spectacular

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As AVENGERS: ENDGAME hits theatres, The Poster Boys reflect on eleven years of theatrical posters promoting the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Highlighting the various and changing agencies that handled these enormous Hollywood campaigns, as well as the colorful alternative posters commissioned in partner with Mondo and IMAX, Brandon and Sam point out aesthetic trends, hits and misses, and attempt to shatter some of the myths about poster-making on this supersized scale.

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Hat & Beard Press - The Art of Akiko Stehrenberger Neflix: Rilakkuma & Kaoru

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme, All The Stars by Kendrick Lamar & SZA from BLACK PATHER (2018)

Thank you to our patrons: John Paino, Aschley Fish, Jay Shaw, Makiko, Midnight Marauder, Dylan Marchetti, Ben Toupein, Jacob Lindström, Scott Saslow, Matthew McCarthy, Matt McKee, DRW, Dafna Pleban, Max A. Butler, Robert Ewing, Juan Motoa, Unsupervised Kids, Tim Cook, Daniel Mouton, Marie Julian, Neven Udovicic, Bryan West, Nico, Andrew Elmore.

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Apr 26 2019

2hr 18mins

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51: Q&A with Sam and Brandon

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Q&A time!! For the first episode after 50, The Poster Boys answer questions about posters, process, design, clients, movies, life, and everything in between. A special to thanks to the listeners who reached out and helped make this episode possible!

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Scott Saslow Bryan West DRW Neven Udovičić Midnight Marauder JefCaine Daniel Norris Akiko Stehrenberger

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme.

Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, Jay Shaw, Keenan Luciani, Max A. Butler, Midnight Marauder, Makiko, Dylan Marchetti, Ben Toupein, Jacob Lindström, Scott Saslow, Matthew McCarthy, Matt McKee, DRW, Dafna Pleban, Juan Motoa, Unsupervised Kids - Juan, Robert Ewing, Tim Cook, Andrew Elmore, Daniel Mouton, Bryan West, Neven Udovicic

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Mar 29 2019

2hr 49mins

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50: The 50 Greatest Movie Posters Ever!

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If you could preserve only fifty movie posters, what would they be? For their 50th episode, The Poster Boys try to answer that question for themselves by traveling back through the last 100+ years of key art from around the globe to select fifty of their favorites. From 1920’s Sweden to the US in the present day, Brandon and Sam discuss what they’d save and why they’d leave certain posters behind.

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The Blog of F Ron Miller Twitter’s Favorite Movie Posters Ever Made

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; Hot And Cold by Jermaine Stewart from WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S (1989).

Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, Jay Shaw, Max A. Butler, Keenan Luciani, Makiko, Midnight Marauder, Bryan West, Dylan Marchetti, Jacob Lindström, Matthew McCarthy, DRW, Dafna Pleban, Robert Ewing, Tim Cook, Juan Motoa, Andrew Elmore, Daniel Mouton, Neven Udovicic, Matt McKee, Scott Saslow.

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Feb 28 2019

3hr 36mins

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49: John Alvin

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Kicking off the start of a new year, The Poster Boys dive into the work of the legendary poster art of John Alvin, who found notoriety as an artist at Intralink Film and Graphic Design before establishing Alvin & Associates with his wife Andrea in the early 1990s. From Blade Runner to Beauty and the Beast, Brandon and Sam look back on and discuss the process behind some of the most iconic film posters ever created between the mid-1970s all the way through the early 2000s.

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John Alvin Art The Art of Andrea Alvin ArtInsights Interview with John Alvin ArtInsights Gallery - Alvin Originals Titan Books Interview with Andrea Alvin The Art of Movie Posters: Interview with Andrea Alvin Amblin Road: Interview with Andrea Alvin The Hidden History of the Jurassic Park Logo by Craig Caro The Art of Bob Pepper (CORRECTION: Bob Pepper did not recently pass away, as Sam said on the show; He has been passed away for a long while! We apologize for the goof, and recommend you check out his art nonetheless!)

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; Remembering Childhood from HOOK (1991); The Goonies 'R' Good Enough from THE GOONIES (1985).

Thank you to our patrons: Jay Shaw, Aschley Fish, Max A. Butler, Midnight Marauder, Makiko, Jacob Lindström, Matthew McCarthy, DRW, Scott Saslow, Matt McKee, Dafna Pleban, Robert Ewing, Juan Motoa, Tim Cook, Andrew Elmore, Daniel Mouton, Neven Udovicic, Logan Norris.

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Jan 31 2019

2hr 8mins

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48: 2018 In Review

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Designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith round up the most notable movie posters of 2018, celebrating some of their personal favorites while reflecting on general trends in key art, festival posters, design agencies, and other aspects of the industry.

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Adam Maida interview

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; Has Ended by Thom Yorke from SUSPIRIA (2018).

Thank you to our patrons: Jay Shaw, Aschley Fish, Max A. Butler, Midnight Marauder, Makiko, Jacob Lindström, Matt McKee, Scott Saslow, DRW, Matthew McCarthy, Juan Motoa, Tim Cook, Dafna Pleban, Andrew Elmore, Neven Udovicic, Logan Norris, Daniel Mouton.

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Dec 28 2018

2hr 14mins

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47: Philip Gips

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This month, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith do a little detective work uncovering the key art designed by Philip Gips, a business partner of acclaimed advertising director Stephen Frankfurt, including iconic and famous poster designs for ROSEMARY’S BABY, DOWNHILL RACER, and ALIEN among others previously attributed to Frankfurt. Gips, who also designed the ESPN logo, was a key member of the New York design community in the late 60’s that fostered contemporaries such as Saul Bass. In this podcast, he is celebrated and reframed as an unsung legend of modern poster design.

The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.

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Yan Jhen-Fa: the Last Film Poster Painter of Taiwan Cotta & Los Libros del Mirasol Pablo Ferro - A Career Retrospective Movie Poster of the Week: “Khrustalyov, My Car!” and the Posters of Andrzej Klimowski Gips Associates Movie Poster of the Week: The Movie Posters of Stephen Frankfurt

The Poster Boys give special thanks to Phil and Barbara Gips, and to Dana Gips for her assistance, insights, and generosity.

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; Into the Groove by Madonna from Desperately Seeking Susan.

Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, Jay Shaw, Juan Motoa, Max A. Butler, Andrew Elmore, Logan Norris, Natalie Slack, Makiko, Midnight Marauder, Jacob Lindström, Matt McKee, Scott Saslow, DRW, Dafna Pleban, Tim Cook, Daniel Mouton, Neven Udovicic.

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Nov 27 2018

1hr 55mins

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46: Italian Horror

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After opening the Flat File on Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA for their Patreon supporters last month, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith survey the macabre visions of Italian Horror film posters. These wild and weird designs, much like Argento, Bava, Martino, and Fulci’s films themselves, tap into the highest and lowest measures of aesthetics, from the sleaziest to the sublime.

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Alphaville Design Lazy Dog Press - Pittori di cinema Silver Ferox Design Made in Hell: A Pictoral Voyage Through Italian Horror Renato Casaro Sandro Simeoni Manfredo Acerbo Ercole Brini Giuliano Nistri Anselmo Ballester Silvano Campeggi

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; PROFONDO ROSSO theme by Goblin; “Head Over Heels” by Douglas Meakin from AENIGMA.

Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, Jay Shaw, Juan Motoa, Max A. Butler, Andrew Elmore, Logan Norris, Natalie Slack, Makiko, Midnight Marauder, Jacob Lindström, Matt McKee, Tim Cook, Neven Udovicic, Scott Saslow.

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Oct 29 2018

2hr 3mins

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45: Akiko Stehrenberger

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The Poster Boys interview one of the most accomplished and multitalented movie poster artists working today: Akiko Stehrenberger. Jumping between styles from the photorealistic (including her award-winning FUNNY GAMES poster listed by Adrian Curry as the best movie poster of the decade) to the playful (in winking illustrated spoofs on National Lampoon and Yellow Submarine) to deceptively simple photographic solutions, Akiko works independently with filmmakers and clients as well as with shops and agencies to produce truly stunning and unique key art with a human touch and a visionary, often times surreal, aesthetic voice. After speaking with Akiko on her process and more, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith also talk about their favorite Akiko designs.

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Akikomatic Akiko on Instagram Movie Poster of the Week: an Interview with “Funny Games” Poster Designer Akiko Stehrenberger Akiko’s Top Ten Favorite Posters

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” opening theme; Mica Levi - “Love” from the UNDER THE SKIN original soundtrack; Steven Hufsteter - “ Love Theme” from the KISS OF THE DAMNED original soundtrack.

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Oct 01 2018

1hr 32mins

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44: Seven Samurai

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Coinciding with the launching of The Poster Boys on Patreon (patreon.com/theposterboys), this month designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith are changing it up! Hitting the drawing board to unveil original posters designs for SEVEN SAMURAI, as chosen by listeners, the boys discuss their design process, celebrating the unique, different approaches designers can take to honor Akira Kurosawa’s classic film in the form of a fresh and iconic poster. They also open the Flat File to look at the other SEVEN SAMURAI posters from around the world. Top-level patrons in the Poster Boys’ new Patreon community can own these posters themselves as commemorative gifts, among other rewards and exclusive offerings. To support the Poster Boys and join their family of friends, patrons, and producers, visit patreon.com/theposterboys.

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Saul Bass Archive at film/art gallery.

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; Seven Samurai original score by Fumio Hayasaka.

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Sep 11 2018

1hr 56mins

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43: Movie Posters of the 80’s - Part 2

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In Part II of The Poster Boys’ 80’s movie poster spectacular, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith pick up right where they left off last month, hand-selecting and discussing their favorite Movie Posters of the 1980’s, from the remarkable illustrated work of John Alvin (EMPIRE OF THE SUN) and Robert Tanenbaum (ERNEST GOES TO CAMP) to the iconic and enduring power of designs for 80’s classics like GHOSTBUSTERS and E.T., not to mention the decade’s most uncanny horror film posters, from FRIDAY THE 13TH to THE VISITOR, finding new appreciation for a transitional period in poster design.

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Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; “Invincible” by Pat Benetar from THE LEGEND OF BILLY JEAN.

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Jul 30 2018

2hr 7mins

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42: Movie Posters of the 80’s - Part 1

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This summer, The Poster Boys take an extended trip back to the movie theatre lightboxes and video stores of their childhoods, and survey the Movie Posters of the 80’s in a two-part spectacular. In Part I, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith comment on trends in 80’s poster design, titles, typography, and branding, holding both photo-based designs and richly illustrated painted works on the same playing field as pieces of key art worthy of both nostalgic remembrance and fresh objectivity.

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People Only Die of Love in Movies: Film Writing by Jim Ridley Trajan: How one typeface took over movie posters Mondo to Release JAWS Screenprint based on Roger Kastel’s original missing painting

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; “Bod Boy by Miami Sound Machine; Waves by Debbie Lytton.

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Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

Jul 02 2018

1hr 45mins

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41: Bill Gold Advertising

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With the recent passing of Bill Gold, The Poster Boys look back on the design studio headed by one of the biggest names in film advertising for over 40 years. From Casablanca to Mystic River, Brandon and Sam touch on Gold’s early days as an in-house designer at Warner Bros. before diving into the numerous film poster campaigns he and his collaborators created for some of cinema’s most enduring works. After the Bill Gold Advertising studio tour, the boys open up the Flat File to take a quick look at the posters for the 1973 horror classic, The Exorcist.

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The Legacy of Interview Magazine Robert Indiana - LOVE Kickstarter: Unit Editions - Herb Lubalin: American Graphic Designer FreelanceWars Bill Gold: PosterWorks Bill Gold, Iconic Master of the Movie Poster Meet Movie Poster Master Bill Gold AFI Interview with Bill Gold Mike Kaplan - How Stanley Kubrick Kept His Eye on the Budget, Down to the Orange Juice Dan Perri - Art of the Title Career Retrospective

Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; “Straight, No Chaser by Thelonious Monk.

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Special thanks to producer Adrian Cobb.

May 31 2018

2hr 16mins

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