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All The Strange, Violent Things Your Favorite Film Characters Would Do To A Piece Of Paper

A design studio creates portraits of classic movies, from Jaws to Alien, by burning, ripping, and biting sheets of paper.

  • <p>These paper art movie posters from Spanish design studio <a href="http://www.atipo.es/" target="_blank">Atipo</a> forego flashy graphics for a clever and simple use of texture.</p>
  • <p>Strategically placed wrinkles, burn holes, folds, and cuts in sheets of paper are enough to poetically symbolize themes of classic films.</p>
  • <p>The studio imagined how characters might interact with a piece of paper.</p>
  • <p>Tactile and handmade, the pieces go against the grain in an age of flat, software-driven design.</p>
  • <p>They were made as part of a promotional campaign for the launch of graphic service provider Minke's new <a href="http://www.minke.es/en/galeria/galeriapapeles" target="_blank">Paper Gallery</a> website.</p>
  • <p>These subtle, artful "Papeles de Cine," or "Paper for Characters," as the studio is calling them, remind us that the movie poster can be so much more than photoshop-happy Hollywood lets it be.</p>
  • <p>The studio casts different types of paper stocks as characters.</p>
  • 01 /14 | ‘fahrenheit 451′ in flora camoscio by inapa

    These paper art movie posters from Spanish design studio Atipo forego flashy graphics for a clever and simple use of texture.

  • 02 /14 | 'The Man Who Would Be King' - Chromolux Metallic Gold by Torraspapel

    Strategically placed wrinkles, burn holes, folds, and cuts in sheets of paper are enough to poetically symbolize themes of classic films.

  • 03 /14 | ‘jaws' - curious cosmic blue planet by antalis

    The studio imagined how characters might interact with a piece of paper.

  • 04 /14 | 'dracula’ - kaschmir true cloth by gmund

    Tactile and handmade, the pieces go against the grain in an age of flat, software-driven design.

  • 05 /14 | ‘bonnie and clyde’ - gmund 3 flow by gmund

    They were made as part of a promotional campaign for the launch of graphic service provider Minke's new Paper Gallery website.

  • 06 /14 | 'The Bridge On The River Kwai' - Savanna Limba by Gmund

    These subtle, artful "Papeles de Cine," or "Paper for Characters," as the studio is calling them, remind us that the movie poster can be so much more than photoshop-happy Hollywood lets it be.

  • 07 /14 | ‘the curious case of benjamin button’ - colorplan china white by GF smith

    The studio casts different types of paper stocks as characters.

  • 08 /14 | ‘edward scissorhands’ - keaykolour original biscuit by antalis
  • 09 /14 | Frankenstein - Curious Skin Absynthe by Antalis
  • 10 /14 | Alien - Colorplan Stone and Bright Red
  • 11 /14 | 'Battleship Potemkin' - The Kiss Button Rot by Lakepaper
  • 12 /14 | 'Guess Who's Coming To Dinner' - Pop Set Black by Union Papelera & Heaven 42 By Torraspapel-Scheufelen
  • 13 /14 | 'Psycho' - Munken Polar by Antalis
  • 14 /14 | 'Smoke' - Tintoretto by Fedrigoni

Movie posters these days tend to be dominated by clichés, like giant floating heads and dudes standing in front of the apocalypse. Which makes these paper art movie posters from Spanish design studio Atipo so refreshing: they forego flashy graphics for a clever and simple use of texture. Strategically placed wrinkles, burn holes, folds, and cuts are enough to symbolize themes of classic films.

The studio imagined how characters might interact with pieces of paper. Jaws is represented hilariously by a bite mark out of a blue sheet’s corner; Bonnie and Clyde by a smattering of pencil-poke bullet holes; and Fahrenheit 451 by paper burning to a crisp. And if you haven't yet seen Benjamin Button, there's no need to watch it after seeing this wrinkled-to-smooth piece of parchment, which gets the point across perfectly.

A short film documents the series' design process—it was made as part of a promotional campaign for the launch of graphic service provider Minke's new Paper Gallery website. They cast paper types as characters—"Colorplan China White," the name of a paper stock, starts to sound like the name of a movie star. Tactile and handmade, the pieces go against the grain in an age of flat, software-driven design. And that’s part of what drives Minke’s philosophy: by specializing in seemingly dated crafts like embossing, bookbinding, and letterpress, the studio aims to revive the analog side of graphic design. This subtle, artful "Paper for Characters," as the studio calls it, reminds us that movie posters can be so much more than what Photoshop-happy Hollywood has created.

[h/t My Modern Met]

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