A major motivation for my embarking on this film came during my interview for Kevin Burke's documentary, 24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters. I marveled at the guy's determination -- traveling across the country on a shoestring budget, and making a film with a minimal crew.*
This carried over to the film's post production, where Kevin created some elaborate and lively animations of the poster artwork mentioned during the interviews. I talked to Kevin after seeing his completed film, and his approach to the animated sequences was perhaps the most fascinating topic. It's certainly a challenging learning process, even after all these years of my using Photoshop and After Effects.
For AMSEL: ILLUSTRATOR OF THE LOST ART, the documentary will toggle between two central focal points: personal rememb...
It's been a while since I've done my last filmed interview, as the past two months I've been focusing on the soft launch of the Indiegogo campaign (more on that later), and going through the newly acquired collection of transparencies of Amsel's artwork.
As for more interviews, I have two scheduled for the week after Xmas, and am planning another two-week trip back to the east coast in early March -- made possible by our Indiegogo and Fractured Atlas campaigns. (Every dollar helps, and the support I've received thus far means the world to me.) There will be a lot of people in NYC I'll be talking to, but I'll still likely have to make a third trip out there later in the year.
Another fun new development is that I've been collaborating with some talented people on a series of motion graphics...
My previous post mentioned the challenges I've had in trying to locate quality reproductions of Amsel's work for inclusion in the film, and how thrilling it was to finally acquire a collection of transparencies made from the original art photographs.
There's a LOT that has yet to be done, but the first small batch is in -- after the transparencies were professionally scanned, cleaned, and color corrected. Here's a glimpse of some of them, and compare them to the previous images I had.
I first heard from David Layton back in 2012, when he reached out to me through my Amsel Appreciation site. Layton is a successful illustrator, graphic designer, and avid fan of all things movies and Amsel...so when we finally met in person last March to discuss the film, it wasn't exactly difficult for us to hold a colorful conversation.
Yet there's also a personal connection behind Layton's interest in Richard Amsel. Layton was involved in a two year relationship with one of Amsel's close friends, the late entertainer John C. Attle -- whom Amsel created two posters for, including 1973's "Downstairs at the Upstairs".
Layton recalled that, back in 1985, Attle had arranged to introduce him to Richard Amsel -- a prospect that he was greatly looking forward to. Amsel's work for TV GU...