2018’s theme was movies with music, so IFF shared a long list of musical movies and movie musicals from “8 Mile” to “Yentl.” Designers submitted up to five picks and were given an assignment from that list.
The work of four Borshoff designers will be included this year, the Bigger Picture Show’s eighth. These designers spend their days creating work for clients. This is a chance for them to do something strictly for fun. For one that might mean making something intricate and metaphoric. For another, it might just be a pleasant image.
The Bigger Picture Show 8-Trax: Movies with Music starts at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 12 at 1899 Experience Venue, 164 Steeples Blvd.
Lindsay Hadley, former senior art director
Top five picks: “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” “Blue Hawaii,” “Camelot,” “It Might Get Loud,” and “The Little Shop of Horrors.”
“I can remember watching (“Blue Hawaii”) on channel 4 as a kid,” says Lindsay, and the nostalgic, mid-century vibe of the 1961 Elvis Presley vehicle appealed to her. She started concepting from scratch before looking at the original poster but ended up using the original color palette in her design…which you’ll have to go to the show to see.
John Ilang-Ilang, former art director
Top four picks: “Help!,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Across the Universe,” and “A Hard Day’s Night.”
John, AKA John-John, says that, “Across the Universe,” is a “very visually pleasing movie,” and “wanted to recreate it in a clean style.” Mission accomplished.
Adam Johnson, former senior art director
Top five picks: “Robin Hood,” “The Muppet Movie,” “High Fidelity,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and “The Jungle Book.”
“There’s not a lot of real drama,” in Disney’s animated “Robin Hood,” says Adam. “It’s kind of silly.” Adam’s intricate approach to the original’s gestural illustrations juxtaposes the bandit’s cavalier approach to being pursued.
Brian Kumle, designer
Top five picks: “Aladdin,” “Mulan,” “Hercules,” “Fantasia,” and another Disney movie he can’t remember.
Brian went all in on Disney because he thought he could do more with those films than any others. “The only objective I had was to make it mostly about the genie because Robin Williams is one of my favorite actors,” he says.
Former Borshoff senior art director Shannon Zajicek’s “The Phantom of the Opera” poster will be included in the show as well.
Adam and John-John contributed work to 2016’s Middle Waves Music Festival poster show. You can see that work here.