Saturday, February 26, 2011

Fargo Film Festival

Amy Jo was honored and delighted to be commissioned
to create the artwork for the 11th Fargo Film Festival!
She also created a poster for director Guy Maddin, who
is appearing March 4th at the Festival. We can’t wait to
return to my old stomping grounds to spend a night at
the Historic Fargo Theatre with Guy Maddin!
FARGO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NORTH DAKOTA

Some Process Pics from Screenprinting the Posters.
Fargo Film Festival Poster: First Color - Light Blue
Why Blue? I just like Blue and it reminds me of snow and Fargo is snowy. Plus I wanted to make an orange poster for this project and the blue helps balance out the bright orange and will hopefully make for a neat overprint.

Second Color: Transparent Orangeorange overprints the blue to make a nice greenish-grey

Black layer film on the light exposure table. The cow projector idea came up kind of by accident. I was playing around with a vintage film projector and an image of a buffalo and thought what if I hung an animal head on the projector? Almost like taxidermy, and a nod to the farmers of North Dakota. My Dad was a grain farmer but our neighbor was a cow farmer.Final prints in the Drying Rack
Guy Maddin Poster: Blue Hands (based on Greg Carlson's suggestion, artwork inspired by Cowards Bend the Knee)

Guy Maddin Poster: Black Ink, tons. Based on the few Guy Maddin films I've seen, the imagery is dark. Not just figuratively, but literally black and white film.

Final color, metallic silver overprint. The pattern holds the two posters together visually. The use use of silver is in keeping with the black and white (vintage silver screen) film motif. The registration on this was super tricky for hand screenprinting, but I was able to pull it off. TOOTH calls it stunt printing!