Say what you will about Star Trek: The Motion Picture one thing that I've always loved is the poster artwork by Bob Peak:
I've always just really liked the style of it, though I understand some fan's dismay that it is Lieutenant Ilia rather than Doctor McCoy featured. Her presence makes sense though as she is the catalyst of much of the movie's plot towards the second half.
I was doing some reading about Bob Peak who did the artwork for the poster and discovered that there was actually a couple of alternative pieces that I'd never actually seen.
It's a shame I couldn't find a bigger image of the first poster as it looks interesting and I think I have seen the middle one before but no idea where. I think in the end the best piece was selected but I wonder if that's just because I'm familiar with it.
It's also cool that Peak came back to produce artwork for the sequels (I've always been quite partial to his Star Trek IV one).
Quite a while ago I wrote a quick article about my affection for the art deco style Rocketeer poster, I've still yet to rewatch the film to see if I've judged it too harshly but I did get some correspondence around the lost sketches that I mentioned.
You see the story goes that the poster art by John Mattos (which as an aside is one of the best looking posters ever for a film) was giving the impression that the film was animation rather than live action. So they abandoned the series of art deco style posters and replaced it with the traditional floating heads poster that unfortunately seems to be very popular with studios today. There were three other posters (I understood they were only sketches at the time) and I expressed my desire to check them out.
Flash forward to a month back and I get an email from John McTague who was the art director for the posters asking if I'd like to see them. To be perfectly honest I actually didn't know John until I asked him how he'd like to be credited and I figured that I'd probably seen the images he was offering to share any way. However when someone take the effort to get in contact with you and makes a perfectly nice offer you don't act like a tool and dismiss them. So John sent me through these posters and I was blown away as I hadn't seen them at all.
And they were cool.
They're part of a reveal campaign that unfortunately never saw the light of day:
Click on the images to see the full posters.
I think my favourite of them is the helmet one, it's just another really wonderful example of the classic look of that initial poster. It has propaganda written all over it which is really perfect for the subject. It's a shame that these haven't had the opportunity to be widely appreciated and I'm thankful to John for allowing us to share in them.
Which of the posters is your favourite?