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  • Music | Marc Bessant
    reading that book so many years earlier David provided some wonderful photography and unused shots from the film so along with some well placed type and a lovely blood red piece of vinyl I was pretty sure we d have a good looking horror soundtrack on and eventually in our hands Warning Sign Soundtrack by Craig Safan Posted on October 3rd 2014 Artwork design movies Music Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us I have just delivered the sleeve art for a soundtrack that s uncomfortably a little too topical at the moment Warning Sign is a 1985 science fiction horror film about an outbreak of a virulent bacteria which largely kills those who are unfortunate to come into contact with it In my opinion its not a particularly good film but its saving grace is the dark synth tones of Craig Safan s score which menacingly runs throughout proceedings The original artwork was all black and red as per the biological hazard symbol but I was keen to do something a little more derivitive of the laboratories in which the action takes place so I went mostly white and agar plate red The image on the cover is a paint and pixels affair my hand pressed on to paper watercolours and a flick of paint here and there stretched and embellished on the Mac then printed on uncoated white white board The insert is a mish mash of original tape boxes films stills my mucky fingerprints and mid80s computer type all in a bit of a mess as the intention was to give the impression the art layout itself was somehow infected affected Fittingly topped off with red white splatter vinyl well what else Warning Sign by Craig Safan is available on CD Ltd Ed Vinyl from Invada Records Real World Records 25 Posted on July 24th 2014 Artwork design Music Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us Real World Records celebrate 25 years of musical discovery by releasing 48 tracks over 3CDs a booklet and poster all neatly housed in a clamshell box Wooden block prints were used to create the shapes which eventually made up the typography scanned then coloured using the established Real World colour system evident on all their CD LP spines Much more on the entire 25th anniversary project here http 25 realworldrecords com Back to Front Posted on July 17th 2014 Artwork design Music Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us Firstly my apologies for posting this a little late 2012 saw the 25th anniversary of Peter Gabriel s So album if you read further into this blog you ll see that has been covered already since then Peter and the band reformed for a number of shows which played the entire album back to front live The London shows were filmed for theatrical followed by commercial release Standard dvd and blu ray format as well as a 60 page hardback book of York

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  • Ex_Machina – Original Soundtrack LP | Marc Bessant
    directed by author and screenwriter Alex Garland IMDB describe the plot A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A I which is true and yet there is a whole lot more If you haven t seen it I strongly urge you do Beyond the story and apart from the beautiful photography design and special FX of the film the music plays a critical role in the viewing experience as all great soundtracks should and Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury s score is of no exception and fits perfectly in its surroundings always there but not always shouting about it a bit like the birds in the trees whilst walking to work I had worked with Geoff and Ben previously with DROKK so I was very pleased when asked to work on this one too I was given a number of approved stills from Universal Films and set about putting something together that I hoped would look like an object that might be seen on a shelf in Nathan s the story s eccentric genius whose residence is also a research facility home and also

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  • film | Marc Bessant
    just this here was a play on cruelty one creatures determination to catch and kill another seemingly for no other reason than because it could I saw the truck as this great big rust coloured snake winding along the parched Californian roads looking for its next meal so that was the poster I did and very happy I am with it too DROKK Posted on May 1st 2012 Artwork design film Music Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us Taking on a project that already has 35 years of talent associated with it is always daunting but some things are hard to pass over as was the case with DROKK Music inspired by Mega City One I first heard the demo s some time ago and they were sounding the right side of edgy then and beginning to tick all the right boxes Making music for non existant movies has become quite fashionable of late but what was different about this one was its creators were old skool readers of 2000ad and taking into account that respect for the writers and artists over the years had a genuine motivation for making it uncompromisingly just so I would approach the design in much the same way I would not and largely could not compete with the artists that have brought mega city one to life for the past three and a half decades the sleeve design had to be independent of all that and stand on its own for better or worse I wanted to make a sleeve formats that wouldn t look out of place within the Mega Cities themselves gritty and monochromatic Early on we Geoff Ben and I met with 2000ad Rebellion and our work could not have been more positively received their approval meant a lot to us and from then on it was full steam ahead Several formats were undertaken as seen in portfolio section Bunker above Visor LP and Mega Edition all various shapes and sizes but with an overall utilitarian and minimal aesthetic throughout Cover logotype was painted and tracks names chassis stamped all textures from the surfaces of Civil Waste Disposal vehicles crude but apposite Do your ears a favour http invada co uk drokk Death of a Cemetery Posted on March 24th 2011 Artwork design film posters Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us Manila North Cemetery in Manila Philippines is a place of rest for 3000 people all of whom are alive When rich families first erected mausoleums for their dead in the late 1800s they needed caretakers to maintain them and guard any valuables buried within In exchange for their work the caretakers were allowed to live inside the mausoleums and a cemetery community was born Gravekeepers grow gardens around tombs chefs cook up hearty fare in restaurants alongside crypts and children play basketball in between school and funerals Some residents are part of a long legacy of caretaking families others are new transplants

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  • John Metcalfe ‘The Appearance of Colour’ | Marc Bessant
    new record I immediately had an idea of what I wanted it to look like but I wasn t sure how to achieve it I was certain the cover should be an image which indicates a sudden bursting into or out of life that flicker of electricity from which all things are born or end Some time ago I saw an exhibition of photographs depicting the moment a cathode ray tube tv is turned on off and I found them immediately fascinating I showed these images to John and he was equally taken by them We got in touch with Kenzee Patterson an Australian artist who works across a wide array of media materials and technology and He was really into being part of this record TX 21PS72AQ 2008 is from a series of photographs depicting the flash that occurs the moment a cathode ray tube television is switched off The random scattering of electron beams produces unique patterns in an array of colours This fleeting moment has been fixed on photographic film rendering visible a normally imperceptible phenomenon As a medium analogue photography has withstood its own imminent demise making it the ideal witness to the death throes of

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  • ‘DUEL – Devil On Wheels’ Documentary Poster | Marc Bessant
    of Steven Spielberg s classic film Duel Now I love this film always have Duel must have been one of the very first horror films I saw and I was immediately taken by the thrill of it So at first I was a little hesitant when asked if I would contribute a poster along with others to commemorate and help promote the feature There are already some wonderful Duel posters

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  • fun with drawing and colouring-in | Marc Bessant
    to commemorate and help promote the feature There are already some wonderful Duel posters out there both from the time and recent reboots but mostly all centre on the truck perhaps rightly so but to me Duel was always more than just this here was a play on cruelty one creatures determination to catch and kill another seemingly for no other reason than because it could I saw the truck as this great big rust coloured snake winding along the parched Californian roads looking for its next meal so that was the poster I did and very happy I am with it too A Midsummer Night s Poster Posted on July 23rd 2014 Artwork design fun with drawing and colouring in posters Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us As well as designing during the day on the odd occasion I like to spend my spare time doing the exactly the same tragic i know such was the case with the above poster for a neighbouring town s drama society version of old Bill s A Midsummer Night s Dream I love the theatre and have a fair liking for a poster which altogether made for a most pleasant evenings work Walk the Lino Posted on February 4th 2009 fun with drawing and colouring in Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us Sometimes the best thing for your work is just to do something different something you enjoy but something of little consequence apart from your own distraction and enjoyment Such is the case with some linocuts i ve been doing when i get a minute from the daily grind and just to pep up my interest i thought i d do cuts from some of my favourite movies in this instance Quints vessel

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  • ’30 Days of Night’ by Brian Reitzell | Marc Bessant
    Music Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us Back in the carefree days of 2002 I used to spend an awful lot more time and money on comic books at the time I bought a three part mini series written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Ben Templesmith entitled 30 Days of Night the story takes place in Barrow Alaska so far north that during the winter the sun does not rise for 30 days In the series vampires being vulnerable to sunlight take advantage of the prolonged darkness to openly kill the townspeople and feed at will It was a great story and I remember thinking it would make a great film too Five or so years later this came to pass a film was directed by David Slade which contained a great score by Brian Reitzell Having recently worked with David and Brian on the Hannibal LP art for Invada records I jumped at the chance to work on this Record Store Day 2015 release The music was of course taken care of and sounded as good today as I could have imagined it whilst reading that book so many years earlier David provided some

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  • ‘Warning Sign’ Soundtrack by Craig Safan | Marc Bessant
    design movies Music Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us I have just delivered the sleeve art for a soundtrack that s uncomfortably a little too topical at the moment Warning Sign is a 1985 science fiction horror film about an outbreak of a virulent bacteria which largely kills those who are unfortunate to come into contact with it In my opinion its not a particularly good film but its saving grace is the dark synth tones of Craig Safan s score which menacingly runs throughout proceedings The original artwork was all black and red as per the biological hazard symbol but I was keen to do something a little more derivitive of the laboratories in which the action takes place so I went mostly white and agar plate red The image on the cover is a paint and pixels affair my hand pressed on to paper watercolours and a flick of paint here and there stretched and embellished on the Mac then printed on uncoated white white board The insert is a mish mash of original tape boxes films stills my mucky fingerprints and mid80s computer type all in a bit of a mess as the

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