What made you choose Back To The Future for this project and why minimal?
Two reasons, Back to the Future was and always will be my favorite trilogy of films. I love sci-fi films, and the conceptual ideas behind time travel, plus I can quote all 3 movies by heart. Secondly, I wanted the series to start in 2015, the year that Marty and Doc travel into the future in the second film. We only have a few more months to make flying cars and hover boards a reality! I’ve always wanted to try my hand at Minimalist art. I love how it lets designers convey strong messages while using well thought out combinations of simple shapes. Most of my client-driven projects at Gigawatt Graphics revolve around corporate branding. I needed a fun side project and what better way to do that than to combine two of my favorite things: Art and Movie watching. It was also a great excuse to screen 3 of my favorite movies back to back all in the name of research.
How did you decide what catchphrases/quotes to use?
As the series name states, Cinema Obscura is based around obscure film quotes. I didn’t want to make a collection of the same old pop culture references, I wanted more obscure quotes that only the truest of fans would catch. I gave myself 4 rules: the posters must include an obscure quote, be crafted in a minimal fashion, have a high level of contrast, and include a prop from the movie that can be illustrated along with the copy. This last one ruled out a lot of the famous quotes, such as “make like a tree and get out of here.” I could have illustrated a leaf or a tree, but there was no direct prop from that scene.
Are you going to highlight any other films/franchises this way?
Absolutely! I plan to continue the series bi-weekly featuring other movies. Next up is The Fifth Element, and I already have plans for Pulp Fiction, Fast & Furious, The Matrix, Diehard,Indiana Jones, Shaun of the Dead, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Hackers, Ghost Busters, the list goes on and on… So keep an eye on my website or twitter @GigawattGraphic for new additions to the series!