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If you have a movie, it ought to have a Poster!

on September 22nd, 2010, by Pablo Vazquez
Sintel Poster

double awesomeness all the way

We can haz poster? yes we can haz!

Ton, Soenke and I just came back from checking a proof print of the poster, and it looks marvelous!, bright, great contrast, nice subtle colors, not extremely saturated, right like on the screen.

The process of making this poster started months ago with some ideas David had, then we had this task of getting the actual movie done and forgot about the poster, so the actual work started last week.

Concept by David, characters posed by Lee, lighting/render by me, and amazing paint over by David! πŸ˜€

Keep reading to know more about the making of!

Poster process

the chosen one!


Different concept ideas made by David Revoy

First iteration


render based on previous concept

Paint over by David


Animated WIP: Click to see it bigger!

Screenshot from Blender (Render Branch)

Want one? πŸ˜€

Want an original 70 x 100 cm Sintel poster in high quality?, there will be a few on sale at the Blender Conference 2010, grab yours!, if you want to print them by yourself, the hi-res (6k) image will be available on the DVD. πŸ™‚

Hasta luego! (now you know how to wave good bye in Spanish!)

77 Responses to “If you have a movie, it ought to have a Poster!”

  1. PA Says:

    Very nice, but I think “Blender Foundation Presents : The Durian Open Movie Project” is not very “appealing”.

    Why not have a good baseline ?

  2. Victor Says:

    It’s not as good as the magazine cover.
    But you know darker scenes are more difficult to handle.

    I have to admit that the composition and the paint over aren’t good.
    Now I see that Colin is missing!! Where is the quality assurance?


  3. Lyle Walsh Says:

    Thanks for the In depth reply Pablo!

    I find the “making of” sequence of images and the animated gif fascinating. You can see the though process and I imagine conversations like ” the glowing dragon eyes are great but they detract from the main characters”.

    Really well thought out. Posters are not just pretty images, they are for communication and to peak the interest of the potential audience.

  4. grafixsuz Says:

    I would like to congratulate you guys once again on a nice render. About the poster itself, I was just going over Davids roughs there and was thinking to myself that the bottom left hand version where Sintel is main with different elements from the film superimposed would have been my choice should I have been choosing reasons are this :

    1) Sintel the girl is main character visible – voice by Halina Reijn
    2) baby dragon second main visible
    3) Shaman Integral character to her finding her destiny, visible – voice by Thom Hoffman
    4) Big ol’ bad dragon in there as well to hint to an unsuspecting audience who to look out for.

    This version gives warmth as well to the viewer I thought.

    The version you guys chose, would have been an awesome sequal version if there were to be one.

    Just my opinion, and I know you guys are under extreme pressure to pull this all together within the next 4 days, soooo GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL AND HAVE A MAJOR PARTY WHEN IT”S DONE!

  5. W Says:

    I think young_voter has simply said what he thinks, and even pretty politely. And I have to say, the lighting seemed somewhat off to me as well. Especially the backlight on Sintel looks overdone…

    But of course, we need to realize that this is a smaller image than the original, and that most of us are looking at in on uncalibrated monitors. Besides that, the small “errors” we notice won’t stand out to the 99% of people for whom this poster is mainly informative and advertising, anyway!

  6. Max Puliero Says:

    really cant wait!

  7. Milad Thaha Says:

    The 3rd from left, second row concept in the first image is truly cinematic and epic! Wish that saw the light of the day πŸ™

  8. [cool name here] Says:

    Bust augmentation on the GIF

  9. Deevad Says:

    Hey thanks for the comments πŸ™‚
    @[cool name here] : I prefer to say here ; “Bust correction to the gravity ” πŸ˜‰

  10. Philip Says:

    The poster is very nice. I see the DVD box art looks like it is being changed, too. I’d actually prefer the silver-on-black simplicity of the original box art for the DVD.

  11. Pippin Baggins Says:

    When I first saw the poster I was disappointed. Somehow it does not seem to do justice to all of the other great Sintel renders I have seen over the last year. I expected more. It looks amateurish and not as professional as it could have looked. The lighting is rather dark. Since you can’t see much of the big creature it’s hard to tell what is it and it looks rather awkward. I hope the movie lives up to all the great renders that I have seen. I wish Sintel the best. Don’t take this as a slam, just my opinion. I’m a big fan of ED and BBB and soon to be Sintel.

  12. Xero Says:

    I wish I could say that the poster looks totally awesome to me but it doesn’t.
    I know you guys worked hard to put this together but I have to be totally honest here. The chosen layout of the final poster somehow doesn’t look right to me. I would have preferred the layouts of concepts 6 or 7 better.

  13. Daniel Kovacs Says:

    I love the poster,awesome work guys!
    I think the best would have been the Drew Struzan style(concept 5)one,but this one is marvelous too!

  14. Victor Says:

    I guess you have done a good job on the two main characters, the foreground I mean, but the background with that dragon is too dark.

    A lot of details have disappeared with the light tricks.

    In this picture:

    You can see more colour… it’s not shiny enough – I agree – but you had to retain some contrast. And the background is quite dead in all the versions.

    You had to render both back and foreground separately.

  15. Gu Weijin Says:

    Yeah, the lighting and composition on this looks like you were making a movie poster… oh wait, this is a movie poster, spot on.

  16. NB-DanTE Says:

    amazing poster I like it so much ,can’t wait

  17. The Fatsnacker Says:

    Nice work Pablo.!

    composited in the style of a Movie poster and thats what we have. Cool. Bet the physical poster is the dogs danglies, poodles nuts et al..

    Whoerver created Scales? has got a big fan in the shape of my 4yr old daughter; her impression of the other dragon is that she looks angry :). She also wants to know when the cudley model of Scales is comming out? Christmas soon approaches.

  18. fabian Says:

    Its Great the film,
    just a litle bit too short πŸ˜‰

    Iwant to buy the 4 CD box but
    i cant download the blend files yet?


  19. Spidy Says:

    Wow! Excellent work, all around! Hats off to this one. The story almost made me cry, Sintel must’ve felt awful, pretty much like losing a child. I like happier stories more =)

  20. Ria Ambrose Says:

    Everyone tells me I look just like the girl from Sintel so I had to look it up. She has my personality also. Very cool little film. Happy to have a doppelgΓ€nger.

  21. Fabian Says:

    Wow, amazing. Very well done. To bad it’s only about 15 minutes.

  22. Insaneq Says:

    Hey, I loved your movie. I really wanted to movie to be longer though. I hope you are going to make more movies (that are hopefully longer) because I really liked this one and its just awesome!!! continue the good work!!

  23. Dara Says:

    Just awesome!!! I love u guys πŸ˜€

  24. olaf in 't veld Says:

    this (too short) movie can take me to another world for days.i hope there will be more of this kind of fantasy dramas in the future.not just the graphics or technique but just the story has taken me to a fantasyworld i want to be involved with.
    thank you for making something that i am longing for.

  25. Misko Says:

    i just got done watching sintel and thought it was a precursor to a real movie and looked you guys up to find out the release date.

    i agree completely with the previous post.

  26. A Fuzzy Bunny Says:

    Carrots! CARROTS!!

    i mean…

    I really loved the art style. i got blender about a month ago but i am so bad at animating i couldn’t get a grey square to move across the screen. I really wish i could do this!!

    otherwise THIS FILM IS AMAZING.

  27. Kyle Says:

    Man That was awesome! Any idea as to whether or not there will be story continuations? It left me wanting to watch more of the story!