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May212012

New Work: Moonrise Kingdom

It's new work Monday! 

A big thanks goes out to Benjamin Lee and the folks over at Shortlist.com for featuring my newest re-imagined movie poster for Wes Anderson's forthcoming theatrical release Moonrise Kingdom. In theatres on May 25th!

I was approached by Benjamin a few months back about creating something for their latest alternate poster gallery for Moonrise, and I was more then happy to get in the head of Wes Anderson for a poster design. I am a big fan of Anderson's previous feature films like Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tenenbaum...(basically all of them). With Anderson's strong visual aesthetic which draws heavily on color and symmetry, I wanted to incorporate as much of his style into my final design as possible.

My idea to highlight Anderson's theme of symmetry manifested itself in the design of the record label. If you had a physical copy of the poster you will notice that I laid it out so that the top and bottom are reversible. Basically, you can pick your favorite character and flip it so they are right side up. There are a few other easter eggs that I was able to glean from the movie trailer and I was able to sneak into the design. One little such easter egg is that the record player head is taken directly from Suzy’s player in the movie trailer. I also framed each of the character portraits with music notes and paint-brushes, which are all elements I discovered in my many viewings of the trailer. 

While it is not the easiest thing to design a movie poster without seeing the whole movie, it was still a fun exercise and look forward to collaborating with Shortlist again in the future.

Please follow the links out the Shortlist.com and take a peek at the work by the other contributing artists. All great pieces.

Cheers, Ben.

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it says your shop is down..is there anyway i can purchase this poster?! i love it my email is paskell.7@osu.edu...please let me know!

July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Hey Catherine,

My Moonrise Kingdom poster is not available for purchase at this time. I will say that I should have some more information about this particular poster in a month or two. Needless to say if it pans out, it will be very exciting.

Stat tuned to this blog for more info.

Thanks, Ben

July 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterBen Whitesell

This poster is amazing! I'd love to purchase it if is going to be for sale. Any word yet on production?

Thanks!

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJane

Still waiting to hear news on my Moonrise Kingdom poster. The process when dealing with studios and marketing professionals can take time due to all moving parts. Hope to have more info by mid-Sept.

Ben

August 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterBen Whitesell

Love it! Especially your choice of the way you represented Suzy. Very cool.
Any news on the possibility of it going on sale yet??

Sam =D

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSamEzra

Beautiful!!!!!! I would like to purchase this poster for me and my boyfriend's bedroom! Is it available?

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrliey

Hey Riley,

I don't have it set up for sale now. It was used as a promo piece for the UK release of the Blu-Ray and DVD back in October. I hasn't able to secure any copies, but I am keeping an email list of people interested once I work it out.

Thank you for the kind remarks.

Ben

December 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterBen Whitesell

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