Erik Sharkey

Drew Struzan Back to the Future Poster

Even as a new wave of movie poster artists (most notably not hired by Photoshop-happy studios) emerges, there is still one name that towers over all of them. That name is Drew. The man who was so poor growing up that he “drew on toilet paper with pencils” is now widely heralded as the greatest movie poster illustrator of all time, and now Drew Struzan is getting an unrepentantly celebratory documentary made about his work. Drew: The Man Behind The Poster looks like pure joy — a feature-length love fest for an artist that most certainly deserves it. As such, director Erik Sharkey and his team have organized one hell of a party steering committee. Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Frank Darabont, and many more all turn out to praise the man responsible for making you want to see a movie before you know anything else about it. It’s been a long time coming, but after a premiere at Comic-Con and a few laps around the festival circuit, it looks like it’s finally ready to see theaters near us. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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Drew Struzan Back to the Future Poster

“It’s not just an ad; it’s the first notes of the piece. It’s the beginning of the story.” That’s Michael J. Fox speaking about Drew Struzan‘s work and giving movie marketers everywhere a much-needed lesson. It’s not about slapping some poorly Photoshopped celebrity faces against a white space with a bad font; it’s about creating an indelible image that instantly makes someone want to see the movie. It’s imagery selling imagery. Now, the legendary artist is now the subject of a documentary from director Erik Sharkey, and that documentary has a trailer. Drew: The Man Behind the Poster features interviews with Guillermo Del Toro, Fox, Frank Darabont, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Tom Jane, and a bunch of other artists (including Stuzan himself). It’s a celebration of a master.

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