The IMAX company leapt to a whole new level of movie art appreciation this week. While I was checking into what’s being offered for exclusive art for upcoming films, this company opened their digital image archive. Every film which had a special poster offered since this program’s inception as a 12:01 special midnight screening to Fanfix to theatre chain exclusives is available and I’m very happy with this move. The trio of Captain America: Civil War and 10 Cloverfield Lane images (distributed by AMC Theatres) are suspiciously missing, but in what’s new, Suicide Squad (seen below) is looking very delicious!
Now, poster art aficionados can view and download (for their own personal use) each print that was once available. There’s still nothing like owning an original, but for those folks who just want to admire the image instead of seeking one out, this alternative is great! The best part of this digital offering is in the fact anyone can have instant wallpapers to use as a backdrop on their computer screens (for those horizontally made pictures at least).
Alternatively, most of these images can be printed onto 8½ x 11 or smaller sized paper to display on a wall. I looked at the names of some of the files, and some are pretty easy to identify as good to print or not. Any file with a “_LO” are of a lower quality, not really advisable to print, but are good to view on a screen. This company is not providing to allow folks to reprint them onto poster-sized (28×40″) paper. Instead, fair use allows for postcard size images for personal use only.
If the first IMAX 12:01 Amazing Spider-Man poster looked good, then the Fanfix version that will soon be distributed is going to be spectacular! Inspired by the trends that feature film intros have been making lately — to have film credits in the opening sequence blend with the background or become part of the camera shot and disappear as it pans — then this new exclusive for movie-goers going to the very first IMAX screening is certainly going to be a treat.
Perhaps both the filmmakers and IMAX are being selective in what films will get the FanFix upgrade. This program is designed to give the hard-core fans a treat for being first in line for certain movies, and the 2014 year begins with a gorgeously 70’s deco inspired print (almost ala The Matrix meets Pink Floyd) by artist Victo Ngai for the movie Divergent.
But for people curious about the books that this movie is based on, including this author, the official synopsis is as follows:
“In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.”
Fans of Vin Diesel’s Chronicles of Riddick series will no doubt flock to IMAX theaters Sept 5th to get the exclusive poster that’s next in line to be released in this company’s FANFIX™ offerings.
This limited edition print is done by Alex Fuentes (Los Fokos), an illustrator and graphic designer who has had his works featured in magazines and products by Scholastic, Oni Press, Popular Mechanics and Belio Magazine. If that portfolio is not enough, he has done work for companies like Nike, Reebok, Sony Music, Disney and many more.
While this artist has been keeping busy, so has the actor. Vin Diesel’s “absence” from playing Riddick has been nine years. He was involved in other projects like Fast and Furious and Babylon A.D.
Pitch Black released in 2000, and The Chronicles of Riddick was 2004. Hopefully this third chapter to this saga, simply titled Riddick, will be worth the wait. With the producers restoring the “R” in this film’s MPAA rating, viewers should be advised that this latest may well be going back to the darker and more violent roots that the first film expounded on.
Collectors of IMAX FANFIX mini posters now have Pacific Rim added to the collection.
The next IMAX FANFIX print to be released will be for the first screenings of Guillermo del Toro’sPacific Rimon July 12. And “conscripted” to create this second item of collectible posters is artist Sergio Grisanti. This artist is known for creating the Jaeger posters/card art used at WonderCon. Also, he’s done illustrative work for The Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
The digital image may not do the real item justice. There has to be something unique to make this second print release under the FANFIX banner special. Hopefully the poster is large enough to show a sense of the scale, or destruction being wrought as mech and beast face off in comic-book style explosion of wood and rubble. Del Toro had no set ideas in mind when giving the artist some parameters to work by.