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Launch Day


Victory one sheet

After two years of preparation, I am very proud and excited (and a bit nervous) to finally reveal this personal project to the world. Film on Paper was created because I decided I wanted to photograph my collection of original film posters and share them with a wider audience. The site represents 17 years worth of collecting and features posters from all genres as well as several countries, multiple sizes and various formats.

The ‘About’ section features further details about the creation and intention of the site, but I thought it might be worth listing some statistics:

– At launch there are 1494 posters represented with their own individual pages and a total of 12,080 images attached to them.
– These pages represent approximately 950 individual films (exact figure to be confirmed)
– All the photographs were taken by me and in total over 2 terabytes of images were captured before they were curated.
– Every single image was manually tweaked (lens correction, cropping, white-balance corrected etc) using Adobe Lightroom. No batch-processing here!
– In total I have spent well over 1000 hours preparing the site for launch.

You can navigate the archive page by page or use the search to find specific posters. Searches can be based on a number of different criteria, including titles, actors, directors, artist, format, year etc. You can also click the poster details on each page to trigger a search for similar items.

I’ve reordered a few pages to the front of the archive and here are some other ideas to get you started:

Check out the awesome artwork of arguably the greatest poster artist, Drew Struzan
The simple but brilliant Japanese B1 for Run Lola, Run
The range of posters I’ve collected for two of my favourite films: Blade Runner and The Thing
Probably my favourite British poster for one of the best British films of all time, Withnail and I
The creepy Japanese poster for Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now
The superb designs of Tyler Stout and Martin Ansin
The unique linocut artwork by the great Peter Strausfeld on this Seven Samurai quad
And the poster I keep to remind me just how bad poster design can get: Cadence

Please subscribe to the Twitter feed as I’ll be tweeting every time I add a poster to the site (at least one a week) and I have some real beauties lined up to share with you. I’m also planning various features and am currently setting up some interesting interviews with some folks associated with the world of poster design.

I’d really appreciate any feedback/questions you have as I want to continue evolving the site to make it as easy to use and navigate as possible.

I hope it’s fairly clear that this site represents a labour of love for me and I plan to continue updating it for a long time to come.