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Classic film series update

Apparently Turner Classic Movies hired Michael Schwab to design their Summer Under the Stars campaign during the month of August. What a strange coincidence that I too am designing classic film pieces. Perhaps Schwab and I should team up? Maybe several years from now.

I’ll make sure I don’t create illustrations from any of the films TCM is promoting this month. Next in my Netflix list is “For Me and My Gal.” I believe it will be quite inspiring, but is it too soon to design Judy Garland again? Never!

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Classic film series: Wait Until Dark (1967)

My friend and long, lost, younger twin brother Rance Collins had a group of friends watch Wait Until Dark (1967) one year at college. He said it was scary. I didn’t believe it until close to the end of the movie where Audrey Hepburn’s blind character smashes all the lights in her apartment as she defends herself against Alan Arkin, who plays a very freaky criminal. What results from this scene is a most terrifying moment that tops my “movie scare moments” list.

Yesterday was Rance’s birthday, so happy birthday, brother. This one’s for you in all your Turner Classic Movies interning glory.

Wait Until Dark, 1967

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Classic film series: Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

Years after MGM’s heyday of musical productions, the studio released this gem: Fiddler on the Roof (1971). I remember the many New Year’s Eves where my sister Madison insisted on watching this three-hour film to pass the time before we stomped on bubble wrap at midnight. We would dance around the television with our hands in the air à la Topol (as Tevye) performing his “If I Were a Rich Man” musical number.

The opening shot of the film pans along the skyline of a Russian town. It leads to a shot of the famous fiddler as the sun rises, all before the film breaks into the first production number “Tradition.” That moment of the fiddler standing atop a home with the orange sky behind him inspired this design. In fact, the shadow of the fiddler on the roof set itself up as the iconic image used on many covers for videos and DVDs.

Thanks to my mom for suggesting this film as a design for this series!

Fiddler On The Roof (1971)

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Classic films series: Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)

In an effort to keep up and build on my Adobe Illustrator skills, I’m starting a series of designs called “Classic Film Series.” I’ll be creating designs based on the greatest old movies out there. Suggestions are welcome!

In addition to making a cool bunch of illustrations, I anticipate my work getting better with each design.

What better way to kick off the series  than with my favorite silver screen starlet, Judy Garland. Here she is as Esther Smith in Meet Me In St. Louis (1944).

Judy Garland from Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) illustration

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