ByChristopher Moonlight, writer at Creators.co
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In an earlier article, I noted that J.J. Abrams wanted to get back to the heart of Star Wars, in Episodes 7,8, & 9, by using as many practical effects as possible. Well, as if that wasn't enough for me, I've also been receiving unconfirmed intelligence (rumors on the internet and at parties) that he has now approached legendary poster artist Drew Struzan, with a request for him to come out of retirement and paint the posters for the new trilogy. If you haven't heard the name before, I'd bet you five bucks that you've seen his work... and I'd win. Seriously, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences need to make an honorary Oscar for this guy, because when we were kids, he was the man that was on the front lines, showing us the images that made us long for the classic films that would become a part of our childhood memories and emotions, forever. Still not with me? Check out the trailer for the new documentary, about this modern day genius, that you can go watch on Netflix, right now!

If you're around my age, maybe you remember standing outside of a movie theater, in front of this poster...

Amazing!
Amazing!

...or this one...

Big Trouble In Little China
Big Trouble In Little China

...or one of these...

Back To The Future
Back To The Future

...with a tingling of anticipation, or a lump of pure joy in your throat. If you're perhaps a little younger than myself, no problem. Struzan has driven home the stories of many newer movies, in a single poster image for the likes of you as well.

Much cooler than the later posters, right?
Much cooler than the later posters, right?
Episode II! I'm gonna go watch it right now!
Episode II! I'm gonna go watch it right now!

Now, I've actually made my living as a Photoshop artist for quite some time, (oh, but I do paint, too) so don't get me wrong. I love digital art and photography, but traditionally painted posters have taken a back seat to these newer incarnations of movie promotion, and there's just no need for that to be. When everyone goes to the same tools for the sake of efficiency, it's very hard to create a stand out peace of art, every time, that reaches into your soul and touches you in ways that you can't point to on a doll. Even though digital has opened us up to new ways of looking at art that we never dreamed of before, we also lost something when advertising departments, working for studios, stopped presenting one sheets as works of art. Maybe, not everyone noticed, but we felt it. Most film makers understood this, as well. As they will tell you in this video below, many efforts have been made to bring them back, but little headway has been made, so far.

Even if you don't count all the classic rock and roll albums, comic book, and novel covers, what must be acknowledged is that Struzan's accomplishments in painting just about every poster for almost every blockbuster movie, over the last 30+ years, are not just of artistic skill or proliferation. Drew Struzan succeeded in being the singular voice, visually commentating on just what it means to have the experience of being a modern moviegoer.

So, Academy, it's time to give Drew Struzan an Oscar, for making the bad movies look good, and the great movies look even better. It's a small thing compared to what he's done for all of us.

I'll just leave a few more images below, for you to look at, while you think it over.

The studios opted not to use this poster. Why?
The studios opted not to use this poster. Why?
Yes, this was him, too.
Yes, this was him, too.
E.T.
E.T.
Not a real movie, but I wish it was.
Not a real movie, but I wish it was.
Thank you Drew Struzan.
Thank you Drew Struzan.

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