Illustrator Sean Hartter, 38, has been reimagining classic film posters but with retro casts in them for the past three years. His Alternate Universe Movie Poster project encourages other artists to come up with their own designs, and the idea has spread around the globe. Many of them are arty reinterpretations of a film’s theme, while others are clever pastiches of old styles of movie poster.
Working closely with film maestro Stanley Kubrick, who seemed to have a thing for hats, illustrator Philip Castle created the iconic posters for two of his key films, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and ‘A Clockwork Orange.’ Here, Castle opens some old boxes filled with treasures and shares the experience. Photography and video courtesy of Steve Mepsted.
An interview with Philip Castle by Steve Mepsted, a British Illustrator most widely recognised for his iconic creations of the posters for Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and ‘A Clockwork Orange.’ Philip has also designed many other film posters including Tim Burtons, ‘Mars Attacks,‘ Jack Nicholson’s ‘Goin’ South‘ and Ken Russell’s ‘The Boyfriend,‘ and also for album covers for artists such as David Bowie, Pulp, The Rolling Stones, Metronomy and Paul McCartney’s Wings. Included in this interview are never-before-seen photographs of early development sketches, and artifacts from his film work with Kubrick and others.
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