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post #5521 of 5804
*cough*.... I think we need more Bond sets around here! biggrin.gif

Well there we go, I've started with Casino Royale, deliberately using the Skyfall font, and it will be the same for all movies, even the upcoming ones wink.gif ...It's not that I don't like the official posters, but I wanted to have a clean and somewhat unified set, so I chose a unique font for the titles, and built my own gun barrel image. My only strong rule is that each cover will have a Bond girl prominently cut on the back tongue.gif


Edited by Morpheo - 11/21/12 at 10:36am
post #5522 of 5804
Just Got The Led Zeppelin Celebration Day 4 disc set would love to put them in a 4 disc Bly-Ray case. Anybody seen or working on a Cover?
post #5523 of 5804
Very nice work, Morpheo. Never enough Bond covers. smile.gif
post #5524 of 5804
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Originally Posted by shiftyeyes View Post

Very nice work, Morpheo. Never enough Bond covers. smile.gif

thanks cool.gif

...quantum of solace before I dive into the Brosnan era wink.gif

post #5525 of 5804
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Originally Posted by Morpheo View Post

*cough*.... I think we need more Bond sets around here! biggrin.gif
Well there we go, I've started with Casino Royale, deliberately using the Skyfall font, and it will be the same for all movies, even the upcoming ones wink.gif ...It's not that I don't like the official posters, but I wanted to have a clean and somewhat unified set, so I chose a unique font for the titles, and built my own gun barrel image. My only strong rule is that each cover will have a Bond girl prominently cut on the back tongue.gif

Very nice! So completely custom. I'd expect no less.

Finding good images of the Bond girls might prove difficult. You'd think there'd be tons out there, but apart from Ursula Andress there isn't much in the way of HQ images. Hope your resources are better than mine.

Good luck, and make sure to pace yourself before you finish all 23.
post #5526 of 5804
On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
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Once again I had to rely on RobertM's previous cover to source a part of Diana Rigg's shoulder. The lower arm I took from a still of her in The Avengers.

Is it just me or are there next to no exciting images out there for this film? All images and screenshots are head-shots only. How about a nice, high quality still of some of the locations or the stunts or the vehicles?

Just Spy Who Loved Me and You Only Live Twice to go.

Phew!
post #5527 of 5804
...and here's Die Another Day... smile.gif

post #5528 of 5804
Here's the final, client-approved version of a stand-alone custom cover for James Bond Dr. No. 50th anniversary edition.
He just wanted the one, noting that it is this particular film that is 50, not the entire catalog.
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Those of you familiar with the film will no doubt see the connections to the title sequence. This was the client's idea, that the cover take inspiration from the credits. It's a very good concept, and could indeed be carried over to further Bond covers, making for quite a unique series of customs. With the advent of all the Bonds being released on Blu-ray, high-res screengrabs from every credit sequence could provide excellent raw material.

Not being set up for taking screens of my Blus, I downloaded the title sequence in 1080p from youtube and used screengrabs from that to build the cover. The youtube video had heavy compression artefacts and couldn't be used as-is, so once the design was nailed down I went in and rebuilt all the type. Perhaps a direct Blu-ray capture might have done the trick, but I suspect I'd still have to redo the type to get it crisp and clean.

Like in the credits, the basis of this cover is a blank, black background. In the credits, elements pop up in different corners of the screen at different times, but the big empty spaces didn't translate well in still form. After a little back and forth with the client, we settled on a subtle depiction of Dr. No himself in the background, after numerous attempts to use Connery were deemed unsatisfactory. What we wound up with bears more than a little resemblance to, dare I say it, Criterion-inspired minimalism.

The image of Dr. No is a heavily filtered publicity still, with some hand-drawn touch-ups here and there to not interfere with the text. I left it at a low opacity, but it will be more/less prominent on different monitors and printers. When it comes to subtleties of grey within black, it is difficult to make a call on how it will look in the final print.

Having the gunbarrel in the logo was also the client's request. The gunbarrel image of Bond is the actual one from the credits. According to Bond lore this is not actually Connery, but it is still authentic. All I did was center the figure a little and spruce up the colour of the blood.

I was trying hard to recreate some of the idiosyncracies of 60s design, ignoring my instincts to make everything ordered and level. The back was originally worked up to look exactly like a still from the actual credits, but again it just didn't look good in still form. The back as it stands now, is a compromise to cater to modern aesthetics, while still having some apparently random colour spots and the occasional weird line-break. I think it makes for a more exciting design. Turns out they used Franklin, or something close to it, in the actual credits, but that font didn't look good with large chunks of text (too blocky). I therefore exchanged a lot of it with Futura, which still feels appropriate to the era but is easier on the eye.

When doing a vintage-looking cover, I always try to limit the amount of logos I use, as they make everything look more modern. For studio logos I try to use the ones specific to the time the film was made, if possible. I didn't adhere strictly to that rule here, though. My one concession in this case is the DTS-HD Master Audio logo, besides the essential Blu-ray logo. The United Artists logo is so closely associated with Bond, I wanted that in there somewhere too. You will also note that I type out the credit blocks in regular type, not the modern-looking Universal Accreditation variety.

When doing commissions, the client has the final say in what goes or stays on a cover. The one thing I am delighted the client went for is the orientation of the Title Treatment on the spine. It is a brave choice to leave it looking that small, but it made sense to me to keep the exact layout of the title from the credits.

All in all, it's nice to sometimes do something besides fitting posters on the front. It's a lot of work though, to do something from scratch, especially when you're doing it for someone else and it takes a long time to lock down. In the end, this may not be to everyone's taste, but my client said he thought it was perhaps the best cover I'd ever done! High praise indeed.

Finally, the client wanted me to share this cover with anyone interested, so if you want a printable copy, just send me a PM.
post #5529 of 5804
Nissen are your Bond covers available? I'm looking for the Brosnan ones.
post #5530 of 5804
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Originally Posted by Stryker412 View Post

Nissen are your Bond covers available? I'm looking for the Brosnan ones.

Well, yes and no.
The set of Bonds I did with the "Bond 50" banner, the ones with the theatrical posters, are client exclusive and can't be shared.
The Dr. No standalone can be shared.
My recreations of the 2008 template can be shared.

I'd be happy to have you commission me for a Brosnan set of your very own, though.
post #5531 of 5804
Hi all.

Just wanted to show you a recent commission for a Watchmen collection.
I was asked to make a cover for the client's personal compilation of Watchmen discs, excluding the Watchmen Motion Comics and the Tales of the Black Freighter discs.
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post #5532 of 5804
The Spy Who Loved Me is done.
That leaves just one more of this marathon task.
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post #5533 of 5804
Hello All:

Does anyone have a blu ray cover for "The Hustler" that I can use to put my digibook version into a standard blu-ray case? Thanks!!!
post #5534 of 5804
Just thought I'd show you all a novelty item I did recently.

A client approached me about changing the title of his Titanic cover to "Shinking Ship" instead. He always referred to the movie that way and thought it would be fun to have a cover that reflected that.
(and he wanted the front artwork to be replaced with the DVD artwork while I was at it.)

Imitating the Titanic title treatment took the longest time. I made the 3D extrusions in Illustrator and then turned to Photoshop for hand-painted texturing and highlights.

The world of custom covers is a varied and multi-faceted one indeed biggrin.gif
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post #5535 of 5804
Nissen, do you have the version that says "includes alternate ending where the ship does not sink!" ? biggrin.gif
post #5536 of 5804
Here are Bond 18 and 19... I'll take a little break from 007 now as I have other titles on my table wink.gif

post #5537 of 5804
Any possible alternate cover for Paranorman?
post #5538 of 5804
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Originally Posted by David Susilo View Post

Nissen, do you have the version that says "includes alternate ending where the ship does not sink!" ? biggrin.gif

Well actually, I wish there was such an ending available. The Titanic story is so gut-wrenchingly tragic I have a hard time sitting through it. I've recently seen the 1953 and the 1958 films and it sinks there as well. I even sat through Asylum's Titanic II and lo and behold - that went down too. Here's hoping someone remakes this with a happy ending.
post #5539 of 5804
For unknown reasons, although I like Titanic, I have more respect for A Night to Remember rendition albeit the far-less flashy visuals it has. I'm still waiting for the "perfect" Titanic movie to be made. Even the latest TV show keeps me groaning to no end.
post #5540 of 5804
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Originally Posted by Nissen View Post

Just thought I'd show you all a novelty item I did recently.
A client approached me about changing the title of his Titanic cover to "Shinking Ship" instead. He always referred to the movie that way and thought it would be fun to have a cover that reflected that.
(and he wanted the front artwork to be replaced with the DVD artwork while I was at it.)
Imitating the Titanic title treatment took the longest time. I made the 3D extrusions in Illustrator and then turned to Photoshop for hand-painted texturing and highlights.
The world of custom covers is a varied and multi-faceted one indeed biggrin.gif
titanicakasinkingshipbd.png

The synopsis on the back still says Titanic in certain places. Just thought you should know, if you're trying to fully carry out with this one.
post #5541 of 5804
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Originally Posted by Nissen View Post

Well, yes and no.
The set of Bonds I did with the "Bond 50" banner, the ones with the theatrical posters, are client exclusive and can't be shared.
The Dr. No standalone can be shared.
My recreations of the 2008 template can be shared.
I'd be happy to have you commission me for a Brosnan set of your very own, though.

If I actually printed the covers I might consider that, however all I use are the front covers to create thumbnails for my movie software (Plex).
post #5542 of 5804
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Originally Posted by muffinmcfluffin View Post

The synopsis on the back still says Titanic in certain places. Just thought you should know, if you're trying to fully carry out with this one.

Indeed it does. This is one of my so-called "front replacements", where the client opts to just have a new front grafted onto an existing scan. Redoing everything on the back just wasn't in the budget. I still changed the Proof-of-Purchase logo though.
post #5543 of 5804
Well waddayaknow, another Bond cover!

You Only Live Twice finishes this particular Bond assignment (but I still have a few on my books, believe it or not).

These will all be up on CustoManiacs sometime this week.
post #5544 of 5804
Does anyone have a Taxi Driver Blu-ray cover please?smile.gif
post #5545 of 5804
There was a custom cove for Goonie, if I remember correctly. Anybody know who has it or where I can download it? Thank you very much beforehand..
post #5546 of 5804
I did one, and pretty sure someone else did also, will try and dig it up
post #5547 of 5804
If I may have yours that'll be great, thank you!!!!
post #5548 of 5804
post #5549 of 5804
Love it, Mike, but the link above only 800 x 448 pixels in size biggrin.gif
post #5550 of 5804
Okay, these are all finally up on CustoManiacs and will be available exclusively from there for the time being.
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These were commisioned by a client who is a huge James Bond fan and wanted people to be able to print matching covers for their abandoned 2008 set of 007 Blu-ray releases. I was originally hesitant to take such a project on, but he insisted and so three months of work ensued.

Thankfully, I didn't have to start from scratch.

The key art was approximated by HvB from CustoManiacs and I further refined it. Some portions of the artwork were borrowed from RobertM's previous set with his approval. I rebuilt the gunbarrel background by combining several scans of the proper 2008 covers, and what I couldn't cobble together I clonebrushed into existence. Messy job. Wish I had a leaked blank background instead.

The backs were built around a leaked style guide from Denmark which Kampar from CustoManiacs generously forwarded to me. It had to be modified extensively to conform to the U.S. layout, but at least it gave me a good place to start from.

Thanks to everyone at CustoManiacs who helped see this set to completion.

I'd also like to thank Stuart Daniel and Imrahil of Blu-ray.com for their timely assistance with reference material.

Thanks everyone. Your assistance was truly appreciated.
Edited by Nissen - 12/12/12 at 3:08am
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