David J. Negron: In the tradition of the masters

Contrary to the modern trends of digital painting, there are some artists who carry on the classical tradition, painting with the same techniques as the old masters. Artist David J. Negron is such a person -- an impressionist painter of fine art, but also a contributor to some of the biggest films of modern times, including CLEOPATRA, STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, 1976's KING KONG, BACK TO THE FUTURE III and JURASSIC PARK. Most of his film work involves fanciful conceptual art and elaborate storyboards, but it is perhaps a rather simple, sketchy illustration of Al Pacino, done for the poster of DOG DAY AFTERNOON, that remains Negron's most widely seen work. Negron did some gorgeous concept

Paul Shipper: The new generation

Throughout the past year, everyone I had interviewed for the film was more or less a contemporary of Richard Amsel, including close friends, associates, and colleagues. But there remained an important subject heretofore unaddressed – and a critical one in honoring Richard Amsel’s enduring legacy. While the Golden Age of traditional poster illustration may be over, a new generation of artists and illustrators have sprung in its wake. Kids who grew up in the ‘80s remember fondly the works of Peak, Amsel, Alvin and Struzan, and some of them have moved on to creative careers of their own. The first person in my mind who I felt could best speak for this new generation was, without question, the g

Mike Salisbury: Like a Rolling Stone

"I've done it all," answers Mike Salisbury, after I sheepishly ask him to describe himself. The man's not kidding. This is the guy who redesigned ROLLING STONE from the ground up, turning the once unassuming magazine into a cultural phenomenon; the guy who branded a little toy company called Hasbro; who helped the youngest of the Jackson 5 go OFF THE WALL sporting glowing white socks; who introduced a camel named Joe; who designed a rather scandalous magazine ad for a man named Flynt, igniting a firestorm debate over free speech that would eventually be catapulted to the United States Supreme Court. Mike Salisbury has remained such a creative giant through the years of revolutionary pop cult

Project updates

After fits and starts, the momentum of the film seems to finally be rolling, and I'm happy... Happy that I can collaborate with people that I trust, and who have the project's best interests at heart. (It might seem comically ironic for me to write that when our MEET THE FILMMAKERS page has only two names listed! A lot more just has to be finalized. Rest assured, much deserved credit and thanks to many, many people will be given when the time comes. And we could always use more help!) I finally completed a number of site updates that should have been done ages ago. Sorry for the delay -- I had to get some legal formalities done first. There's our ABOUT THE FILM page, which gives an overview

The fantastic worlds of William Stout

Working on this project over the past few months, there have been times when I've felt the weight of the world upon my shoulders. I question myself, my abilities, and if I'll muster the will and strength to keep moving forward in what seems, at times, like an uphill climb. ​But then you meet a guy like William Stout -- and suddenly all the bullshit in the world falls to the wayside. Inspiration flows through your veins again. You're reminded of the youthful dreams that had motivated you to embark on a creative career in the first place, whatever uncertain future was in store. Doubts and regrets no longer make a difference, and you find yourself walking away giddy, no longer self conscious ab

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