Last week we premiered the poster for a funky little Korean film called 'The Housemaid,' courtesy of IFC Films. What we didn't know at the time was that the poster was designed by Sam Smith, a graphic designer who also plays drums for Ben Folds, The Comfies and My So-Called Band. Smith has designed a number of posters for clients like IFC Films, Janis Films and The Belcourt Theatre, but he also designs his own posters for fun.
For example, over on his site Smith has posted reimagined movie posters for his favorite films of 2010. There's 10 in total (with an honorary 11th spot reserved for the Cannes winner 'Uncle Boonmee'), including very cool posters for films like 'The Social Network,' 'Toy Story 3,' 'Never Let Me Go,' 'The Illusionist,' 'Dogtooth,' 'Bluebeard,' 'True Grit,' 'Winter's Bone,' 'The American,' and our personal favorite, 'Black Swan.'
Check out our five favorite posters, as well as some words from Smith, after the jump.
From Smith's site (where you can view all of the posters):
"Below I'm posting all ten (eleven counting the honorary UNCLE BOONMEE) posters I made for this project. If you've been following along, I hope you've been forgiving with the varying degrees of quality and effort that went into this. Originally I wanted to design ten posters for my ten favorite movies of the year as an exercise in liberation; I could try new unorthodox ideas, work on my hand-drawing and lettering, things I've neglected and needed an excuse to work on. Life got hectic the last month or two of 2010 though, and I thought I'd have to bail on the idea. At the last minute I decided that it would be better to at least give it a try, even if the results were half-assed, and to just embrace the process. Get some ideas down, see which ones stick, see which ones have potential, and then move onto the next one, which was very hard to do with some of these that I felt could be much better, used more work. I came out with a couple of things I'm really proud of, a few I'm not so proud of, but all in all it was a fun creative project that paid tribute to the films that affected me the most this year. And it's something that I don't think anyone has really done before, perhaps understandably. Listmaking is inherently irrational, nonsensical, personal and messy, kind of like the creative process. So here you have it-- my Top 10 of 2010 Poster Project."