Drew Struzan's Illustration Art Lesson "Conceiving and Creating the Hellboy Movie Poster Art" Instructional DVD
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The legendary master of Movie Poster Art, Drew Struzan forever changed the face of Movie Poster Art and Design. Now, in a DVD, CONCEIVING AND CREATING THE HELLBOY MOVIE POSTER ART, Drew provides an up close and personal look at the thinking, design and techniques that go into every poster he created. Shot in his art studio, Drew provides an over-the-shoulder look at his drawing, painting, and finish techniques as well as describing his thinking process that goes into the creation of the advertising art for the movies. This DVD presents a rare glimpse into Drew's process. It is the answer fans and professionals alike have been waiting for. This DVD will play in all regions. Watch the trailer and program excerpts: http://www.youtube.com/user/Haveyjames?feature=watch In a career that spanned over 40 years and produced more than 150 movie campaigns including INDIANA JONES, STAR WARS, HARRY POTTER, BACK TO THE FUTURE, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, BLADE RUNNER, Drew developed his now famous style of movie poster one-sheet art. Drew's career began in the early 70's illustrating nearly 100 classic album covers. Covers like BLACK SABBATH, SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH and Alice Cooper's WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE, voted one of the top 100 album covers of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine got the ball rolling. Drew says, "I'm retired now, so I have the time to share my insight with anyone who is creative or who's just curious to know my process and to have a glimpse into the movie business. Artists and fans all over the world have always asked me specific questions about my techniques and how I do it. This DVD tells all."
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The Bad: DVD quality shot in old 4:3 standard (not 16:9 that all modern HDTVs display). Meaning if you have an HDTV, the displayed aspect ratio will be boxed in the center of the screen, like your watching an old pre-2003 TV show on Hulu or Netflix. Although Drew shares many techniques, this DVD runs only about an hour an half, so there is a lot of information missing that would be beneficial to beginners to intermediate viewers. Such as, there is no information given on mixing or rendering flesh-tones and no explanations/commentary of basic color theory.
The Ugly: 80 bucks for an hour and a half standard definition 480p DVD shot in old 4:3! Come on guys! Drew's work is awesome and his insights are amazing, but 80 bucks is just too high for a standard definition DVD shot in 4:3. I could see paying 80 bucks if shot in 16:9 on full 1080p HD blu-ray with a 3 hour running time. As it is, this DVD should be priced at about 30 bucks max. I'm just grateful I used a gift card for nearly the full amount. One of the reviews rebutted about the high price comparing the DVD as to going to a workshop. That is false, as you cannot ask a DVD questions and get a reply. A DVD is still just a DVD and can't replace the experience of a live workshop with a master painter.
If the price is causing you to hesitate, take a look at it this way: you're not just paying for a DVD. If Mr. Struzan offered a workshop, you need to pay for his time and what you learn by the end, right? Add in the cost of the DVD, say $20 (the same price you'd probably pay these days for a movie that you love), it makes sense. Of course, I want to have had more time on the DVD, but that's a fan and artist thing.