If you grew up with the blockbuster films of the 1980’s, you’ve seen the work of master poster artist Drew Struzan. With his signature combination of paint and coloured pencils combined with his inspired compositions, Struzan is responsible for such beautiful posters as Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, Big Trouble in Little China, and of course, Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course. With ‘Drew: The Man Behind the Poster’, director Erik P. Sharkey celebrates Struzan’s work by talking to the filmmakers he’s worked with or inspired. The trailer also seems to promise a bit of insight from the man himself, including some footage of his actual process.
“Drew: The Man Behind The Poster” is a feature-length documentary film highlighting the career of poster artist Drew Struzan, whose most popular works include the Indiana Jones, Back to the Future and Star Wars movie posters. Telling the tale through exclusive interviews with George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg and many other filmmakers, artists and critics, the journey spans Drew’s early career in commercial and album cover art through his recent retirement as one of the most recognizable and influential movie poster artists of all time.
Three filmmakers have united to bring this film to life; Greg Boas (Hefty Inc.), Charles Ricciardi (Torino Pictures), and Erik P. Sharkey (Sharkey Productions), assembling one of the most intriguing film lineups and crafting a comprehensive presentation about the artist, the art, the stories behind Drew’s most recognizable creations, as well as a never-before-seen insider’s examination of the industry and the profession of motion picture advertising.
As an actual film, I’m not sure that ‘Drew: The Man Behind the Poster’ will play out as anything other than an extended DVD bonus feature, but as a fan of Struzan’s work, I’m very interested in hearing about his career — and his retirement — and more importantly, getting a detailed look at his process. How about you? What’s your favourite Struzan poster? Mine would be John Carpenter’s The Thing, obviously.