– Epilogue Art Series is a mixed-media series by artist Damon Kardon honouring classic horror/sci-fi films and the creative promotional art that was presented to the public at the time of their premiere dates. All films represented in this art series celebrate a milestone anniversary of the films’ release and the impact they have made on pop culture history.
Kardon has chosen specific films that influenced him over the years through their distinct tone, cinematography, and direction. He is expressing his emotions felt from viewing each film through his art process, painting key images and colors that also represent the story of each film. Each poster design starts as a painting and then is manipulated in Photoshop.
As a kid who loved going to the movies (and also enjoyed the classic painted poster designs of Drew Struzan ), Damon has dreamed of bringing his art style into the world of interpretive movie posters. The term “Epilogue”, in film, represents the final scenes in which a recap or narrative of what happens to the characters is given. It can be represented in a montage, which is how Damon interprets these works he is creating.
– Be sure to enhance your viewing/reading experience by watching the original movie trailer for Jurassic Park, released on June 11th, 1993, via Universal Pictures.
About the Painting:
– Is anyone old enough to remember how massive this movie was when it first came out? I am, and I remember it was such a game-changer! No one had seen anything like it prior, and the hype for Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park was insane. It came out in June of 1993 and became the highest grossing film of all time (at that time). The CGI was the best anyone had seen up until that point. This was two years before Toy Story and four before Titanic. Our minuscule 1990’s brains could not handle the realistic dinosaurs!
I remember going to a sold-out show at my local crappy theater and we got in there so late, there were no seats left. They oversold the show! The four of us ended up sitting on the concrete slab in the back designated as a handicap zone for wheelchairs. It was still one of the greatest movie experiences of my life! I don’t know about you, but when “Newman” from Seinfeld was trying to escape and ended up with those scary/spitting dinosaurs; that gave me nightmares for weeks. Not to mention the classic tremors in the water glass as the T-Rex came closer and closer. There are so many classic scenes from this movie.
Check out Damon’s creative process by scrolling through the photos below.
We don’t give the cast enough credit for the horror on their faces and the physical acting they needed to accomplish while responding to “motion-capture” and “green-screen”. I loved Samuel L. Jackson and Jeff Goldblum in this movie. They are probably my favorites. I really respect and admire Laura Dern’s performance as Dr. Ellie Sattler. To me, she leads this crew and shows bravery and intelligence in this nightmare experience at the park. This movie influenced so many blockbusters to come over the years.
It is amazing to know that Spielberg released Jurassic Park the same year his Schindler’s List came out. These were two films that shook the mass public to the core! Hats off to you, Mr. Director, since you made the summer of 1993 one of the best in cinematic history.
“Jurassic Park” – Original Poster Art from 1993:
The Series & Future Artwork:
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– Feature #9… “Blade” 20th Anniversary
– Feature #8… “Halloween” 40th Anniversary
– Feature #7… “They Live” 30th Anniversary
– Feature #6… “Return of the Jedi” 35th Anniversary
– Feature #5… “Vertigo” 60th Anniversary
– Feature #4… “The Dark Knight” 10th Anniversary
– Feature #3… “2001: A Space Odyssey” 50th Anniversary
– Feature #2… “Rosemary’s Baby” 50th Anniversary
– Feature #1… “Christine” 35th Anniversary