Cleaning up images...

For months I've wrestled with the ongoing process of finding the best possible images of Richard Amsel's artwork for use in the film. Many of these are from scans of newly acquired transparencies, while many others required my actually buying old posters and cleaning them up. Sometimes it's easy. THE LITTLE PRINCE, for example, was rather simple to do. The final poster art of THE BIG SLEEP, however, was a bit of a nightmare. I bought an original poster from 1978, scanned it piece by piece, "puzzled" it together (a long, laborious process)...but ultimately, I had to give up. The reason: the multitone color printing process used on some older posters causes a whirlwind of issues when scanning,


We'll be giving away a limited color print of an early Amsel sketch of Marilyn Monroe, to one lucky Indiegogo backer. Just join our Indiegogo campaign at $15 or more by Saturday, December 24th, and be entered to win. (Those who have already contributed will still qualify!) The sketch likely dates back to the mid to late 1960's. The original was a generous gift from Richard Amsel's brother, Michael.

The INDIEGOGO campaign...

And so it begins -- our crowdfunding campaign through INDIEGOGO, in partnership with FRACTURED ATLAS. While I've already done over 20 interviews (some of which I'm keeping a secret), there's so much more to do, requiring additional travel, post production, creative, and other services. No one said making movies was going to be easy. And this isn't even my day job yet. I'll spare you the rambling details here, but you can find more information through the following links:

The Papillon flies...

However successful Amsel was in his career, he still had to fight for every job -- and he lost a number of them. Many of his unused illustrations are among the artist's best work, too: beautiful, sensitive portraits for films such as COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER, NORMA RAE, and ALL NIGHT LONG. This makes their relative obscurity all the more tragic. My favorite Steve McQueen film is PAPILLON. (If you haven't seen it yet, DO IT. You'll be amazed how powerful it still is.) Amsel's original art (below left) wasn't used for the initial release in 1973, but excerpts from his artwork were used within a 1977 rerelease poster (below right): Very special thanks to Thomas Nixdorf for providing me with a new

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