Menu

userImg showBgrSwitcher

Background by

userImg

Thanks!

Menu

Alfred Hitchcock Contemporary Poster Redux

Few film directors can ever hope to live up to the legacy left behind by Alfred Hitchcock. A cultural icon, the emblematic imagery used in Hitchcock's films has affected artists across a wide range of media. Among the inspired is Enzo Lo Re, a young illustrator and animator originally hailing from Siciliy, currently living and working in Milan. Lo Re recently gave some of Hitchcock's most infamous titles a twenty-first century makeover with a set of minimalistic posters.

Few film directors can ever hope to live up to the legacy left behind by Alfred Hitchcock. A cultural icon, the emblematic imagery used in Hitchcock’s films has affected artists across a wide range of media. Among the inspired is Enzo Lo Re, a young illus
© Enzo Lo Re

MINI Space recently caught up with the emerging artist to pick his brain and learn about his creative process and the inspiration behind his Hitchcock series.


MINI Space (MS): Your posters have a very iconic feel. As a graphic artist, how did Hitchcock's exciting thematic titles like Vertigo and Psycho translate in your designs?

Enzo Lo Re (ELR): The method of Hitchcock is schematic and rigid, nothing is left to chance! In every movie you can see an unbridled love for detail: storytelling, the use of light, poster design, even to the choice of the cast. Many of his films are considered to be strong points in the world of visual communication. In Psycho or Vertigo, for example, the title sequence and opening credits (from Saul Bass, one of my favorite designers) reveal a fairly ambiguous ending. I depicted his approach by creating a brief summary of all the films without explicitly revealing the ending. I kept my visual concept consistent: minimalism, few colors with a subtle vintage look!

MINI Space recently caught up with the emerging artist to pick his brain and learn about his creative process and the inspiration behind his Hitchcock series:  MINI Space: Your posters have a very iconic feel. As a graphic artist, how did Hitchcock's exci
© Enzo Lo Re

MS: The posters are indeed effective. Was it hard to take such elaborate landmark pieces of cinema and slim them down to such simple imagery?

ELR: In fact it was not easy to deal with these masterpieces of cinema. I tried to communicate my impressions of the movies; after a short brainstorming for each film, I started to work.

I hadn’t planed exactly how to do it, I just let it flow and after the first drafts, I focused on every poster individually.

MS: The posters are indeed effective. Was it hard to take such elaborate landmark pieces of cinema and slim them down to such simple imagery?  ELR: In fact it was not easy to deal with these masterpieces of cinema. I tried to communicate my impressions of
© Enzo Lo Re

MS: Apart from cinema, where do you find inspiration for your work?

ELR: I am generally inspired by various interests: graphic design, film, art and music. But I believe that the effective inspirations come from our surroundings, the people that we meet and the situations that add to our perspective. With the technological era that we are living in nowadays, many artists and designers simply derive their inspiration from what Google provides them in relation to a few keywords. However, visual communication is an integral part of our lives! If you can absorb what is around you it will automatically flow into your work, whether you are a designer, a doctor, a cook, etc.

MS: Apart from cinema, where do you find inspiration for your work?  ELR: I am generally inspired by various interests: graphic design, film, art and music. But I believe that the effective inspirations come from our surroundings, the people that we meet
© Enzo Lo Re

MS: Are you planning on making any more Hitchcock posters? How about other filmmakers?

ELR: I'm currently working on a series of posters on the entire filmography of "Pixar" because I really love their work and their way of conveying emotions. It will be rather complicated but definitely rewarding! I also plan to make in the near future a series for every great director.

MS: Are you planning on making any more Hitchcock posters? How about other filmmakers?  ELR: I'm currently working on a series of posters on the entire filmography of

MINI Space is dedicated to giving budding artists a minute in the spotlight. You can adorn your own walls with Enzo Lo Re’s Hithcock prints by clicking here.

For more great shorts, head over to MINI Space’s coverage of the 2012 Vimeo Awards.

Saul Bass' Title Sequences for Alfred Hitchcock

Coming down with a case of cinephilia? Does the silver screen inspire your creative work? Check out this fantastic 2012 Vimeo Award winner "A History of the Title Sequence":

A History of the Title Sequence

For more great shorts, head over to MINI Space’s coverage of the 2012 Vimeo Awards

Share

facebook
googlePlus
pinterest
stumbleUpon
E-Mail
seperate multiple email addresses with a comma

Comments

MINI Takes the States 2014: Coast to Coast with a MINI Motorcade

September 10, 2014
MINI Takes the States 2014: Coast to Coast with a MINI Motorcade

The great American road trip. It's a required class in the lifelong studies of a motoring scholar. Every other summer, a great convoy of road-hungry MINIacs make their way across the US in an epic transcontinental cruise. This year they took in 15 cities across 18 states in just 15 days. Scroll through the adventure here and study up for your own cross-country coursework.

IMMpressed: From Hitchhiker to MINIac

September 16, 2014
IMMpressed: From Hitchhiker to MINIac

Attending an International Mini Meeting can lead to an addictive motoring habit. Join Inga Narauskaitė from Lithuania on her adventurous trip from one MINI meeting to the next and find out why she keeps going back for more.

MINI Space Asks: What’s In Your MINI?

July 30, 2014
MINI Space Asks: What’s In Your MINI?

Since 1959 MINI Drivers have been filling their surprisingly roomy rides with a remarkable variety of things. MINIacs took to social media to share their peculiar packed-up MINI, so here are some of our favourites.

Interim Report from the Track: MINI Goes for it Internationally

August 04, 2014
Interim report from the track: MINI goes for it internationally

The first half of 2014 is history and many race series' are heading into the second half of the season. MINI is well represented.

MINI Space Mixtape: Summer Tracks for Kicking Back

August 28, 2014
MINI Space Mixtape: Summer Tracks for Kicking Back

Savour the sweet waning glow of summer with 7 tracks that refuse to see off the year's sunniest days.

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: Scanned Spaces with Pernilla Ohrstedt

August 20, 2014
Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: Scanned Spaces with Pernilla Ohrstedt

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers glimpse the future of driverless navigation with Pernilla Ohrstedt as she explores virtual mobility in an ever-changing digital world.