Long ago and far away, we became **BIG** fans of the Czech and Polish poster revolution.
The ((brief)) history of the posters themselves took shape on the social and political nature of Czechoslovakia after the second World War... The communist regime at the time allowed for the existence of one single film distributor to exist. Selecting, advertising and screening films into one state centralised entity let Western advertising to essentially be inexistent - to keep costs down.
So Czech painters, illustrators, and designers were commissioned to create posters instead. Imagine the challenges.. the possibilities.. the inspiration (or lack thereof, perhaps?) >> Artists rarely got to see the actual films they were creating work for, given only the title, synopsis and, at best, what few press clippings were available to draw from... Such freedoms to create their own interpretations -- rather than be constrained, like so many of us artists today -- led to some provocative and highly original work.
Our "fanship" of these posters later led to being connoisseurs and soon collectors... Then... Upon moving to Prague, we honed in on Terry Posters, the biggest shop with film posters in the Czech Republic, with more than 6000 original author graphic posters in its database -- and, we might add, opened by director Terry Gilliam in November 2005. Such a place not only houses the most magnificent collection of posters we're inspired by most, but it's a place of refuge for original print exhibitions in the halls nearby, in the theatre, Kino Světozor...
Fast-forward to one day this late-October. We happened to notice, by chance, Terry Posters would be sponsoring a 'competition' of sorts, to celebrate 10 years since it's opening, where artists were asked to design film posters for any of the 50 films preselected by Terry Posters. With no time to design much of anything by the November 1st deadline, we swiftly skimmed their list... We held our breath and scrambled to re-configure a couple posters we happened to already have on that list, submitting one for Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)... and one for Planet of the Apes (1968).
Then.......... One late-November afternoon, in our FB-newsfeed, we immediately spotted in the shiny edge of Terry Posters' updated cover-photo, their chosen handful of submissions to represent event... and there presided our design and submission for the Planet of the Apes >>
Terry Posters received 239 original film poster designs, submitted by 160 authors. Out of that, they selected 100 posters to be displayed in the Prague based cinemas Aero (which has been one of our all time favorite cinemas), Světozor and Bio Oko, University Cinema Scala in Brno and Bio Centrál in Hradec Králové.
Needless to say, we've come a long way in our journey from fans of the Czech film poster art to now... being immersed in what this film-culture is doing to preserve the movement. We are truly humbled.
...and if not then, the exhibition will be at Kino Světozor from December 9th til January 9th, 2016.
One last screenshot from Kino Světozor's homepage ;-)