I have never met Simon Hawes but I feel we have a bond. You could even call us “birds of a feather” or say that we are “cut from the same cloth.” Although he hails from across the pond we are kindred spirits that share a passion for alternative movie posters. It’s what spurred me to start the Poster Posse and it is why he started Alternative Movie Posters.
Alternative Movie Posters, AMP, is an online showcase that features….alternative movie posters from artists all over the world. Simon started the site in 2011, (the same time BLURPPY was born) and to date, they feature over 2000 posters from 500 incredible artists.
Initially set up as a showcase for Simon’s own alternative poster designs, he quickly realized that the audience was greater than a few friends, with alternative posters springing up on nearly every type of online portfolio site or social media outlet. Seeing a bigger opportunity, he set about creating a site that would pull all this amazing work onto one site for all to ogle, crave and enjoy.
Over the last two years AMP has worked with many film companies and directors to run competitions for alternative posters to support upcoming releases, proving that it’s not only the fans that crave a more creative interpretation, but that the film companies are excited by new ways to see the art of the film poster.
The site has also produced two books that capture a snapshot of the work on the site so far. Alternative Movie Posters Volume 1 and Volume 2 show the work in full glorious color. Each one is a handy pocket sized reference that is a must have for any film fan or creative.
The artists featured on the site and in these books is extremely diverse. Some of the artists in the books you know, some…you don’t, but AMP offers you exposure to new, up and coming artists with amazing vision. Here are just a few whose work grace the site and books: Marie Bergeron, Matt Ferguson, Godmachine, Paul Ainsworth, Stanley Chow, Ghoulish Gary Pullin, Grzegorz Domaradzki, Matt Needle, Phantom City Creative, Tim Doyle, Rodolfo Reyes, Kilian Eng, Bruce Yan, Anthony Petrie and Doaly.
Now approaching 2 million views, AMP continues to champion the artists and amazing work behind the art of the Alternative Movie Poster, with lots of exciting projects planned for the coming year. Head to their WEBSITE to see all the amazing art and go to their STORE to order their two books, Alternative Movie Posters Volume 1 and Volume 2 as well as some outstanding posters. (Personally, I’m eying Rodolfo Reyes “Ironman” print.)
Stay tuned to BLURPPY for updates on future projects from AMP. We can’t WAIT to see what Simon has up his sleeves.