This gorgeous hand-painted poster for Inglourious Basterds makes me realize that Tarantino has given us the rip-roaring Indy adventure that Lucas and Spielberg failed to deliver with Crystal Skull. (“Aldo Raine and the Avengers of Krystall Nacht”?) I’ll confess I was about to reach my saturation point with the wall-to-wall collection of poster variations for Basterds, but they’re still among the most consistently evocative set of marketing materials of the year. This illustration isn’t consistent with the photographic grit of the rest of the campaign, but it’s certainly in sync with Tarantino’s sense of classic splashy exploitation cinema. This rejected effort comes to us appropriately via Film School Rejects, after originally appearing on PosterWire. That’s where you’ll find an interview with the artist, James Goodridge:
Can you tell us how you came to work on Inglorious Basterds? The film‚Äôs marketing campaign used conventional photo based posters for all it‚Äôs one-sheets. Why did you decide to finish the proposed artwork you created as a final illustration on your own even if the studio had passed on it?
James Goodridge: In the case of Inglourious Basterds I was called by the much respected creative director I‚Äôve worked with on numerous projects including the Harry Potter series, 300, Lust Caution. The movie studio had already produced some teaser posters but wanted a fresh take, truer to the director‚Äôs vision and influences and the story. The creative director had only a few requests from the studio but this was to be an occasion where I had considerable creative input. I came up with 6 designs one of which became the favourite of all concerned. However at this time the movie studio decided they‚Äôd like to try building it in photoshop. A few weeks later I was asked to produce an illustrated comp.