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LOTR - Alan Lee Custom Cover art

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Ric Easton, Jul 4, 2003.

  1. Ric Easton

    Ric Easton Cinematographer

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    I'm a big fan of the Lord of the Rings books. I have several copies of them, but by far my favorites are the Hardcovers illustrated by Alan Lee. They are just beautiful editions...

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    While I love the old book look of the Extended Editions (Though I wish they came in a real leather cover instead of a faux one) I thought it might be nice to try my hand at adapting the Alan Lee books to DVD covers

    Here's what I came up with for FOTR...
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    Click here for bigger version

    I kind of like it and may try it out myself. Although this is sized for a 4 disc case and I'm presently holding the Original 2 discer, 4 disc EE and the bonus disc in a custom 7 disc case that was scanned from the EE. So if I go with this style I'll probably expand it to the width of a 6/7 disc case as well.

    Ric
     
  2. Lou Sytsma

    Lou Sytsma Producer

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    Nice work Ric.

    I like the first two from Ang Lee. The one for ROTK is lacking though - hard to tell - need to see a bigger shot.
     
  3. Tony Whalen

    Tony Whalen Producer

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    Looks awesome Ric!!!
     
  4. Ric Easton

    Ric Easton Cinematographer

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    I may replace the back cover with another illustration from inside the book. I also may do the same for the front of Return of the King. I do want to keep it going with all paintings from Alan Lee though.

    Also, instead of all the credits on the back, what if I put a description of the story in there? That may continue to give it more of the "book" look.

    Ric
     
  5. oscar_merkx

    oscar_merkx Lead Actor

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    looks very impressive indeed

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  6. Jussi Tarvainen

    Jussi Tarvainen Second Unit

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    It's fine, but personally I wouldn't want to part with the lovely original packaging of the EE...
     
  7. Dave H

    Dave H Producer

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    I agree --- the EE packaging is awesome.
     
  8. Ric Easton

    Ric Easton Cinematographer

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    Y'know, I agree that the original EE packaging is pretty sweet. I did want to make something to hold both the EE and the Theatrical release in, and I was using the scan of the EE for awhile.

    Anyway, I made a seven disc cover of the Alan Lee art as an alternative, and now I'll be using it.

    Anyway here's the completed 6/7 disc cover...
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    Bigger version

    I'll send it and the 4 disc version to DVD Cover Art and see if anyone else wants to use them. As you can see, I replaced the pic on the back with one of The Shire.

    Ric
     
  9. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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    [​IMG] I don't understand why you're not a professional graphic designer...
     
  10. Ric Easton

    Ric Easton Cinematographer

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    It may have a little something to do with the fact that I copy stuff that already exists! But thanks anyway Dave!

    Ric
     
  11. Dave F

    Dave F Cinematographer

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    Lol [​IMG] Still, very nice Ric!

    -Dave
     
  12. Frank Anderson

    Frank Anderson Cinematographer

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    Very nice work... again.

    I think I'll get the 4-disc versions.

    Thanks Ric.

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  13. Ric Easton

    Ric Easton Cinematographer

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    Heading out on vacation! I may continue with the others when I get back. Though DVD Cover art has a policy of not hosting covers for films that are not yet released. I can probably host them myself though if folks are interested.

    Ric
     
  14. Juan M. Rico

    Juan M. Rico Stunt Coordinator

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    No wonder the average person thinks HTFers are 37 year old virgins living in basements[​IMG]
     
  15. Ric Easton

    Ric Easton Cinematographer

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    Wow, is that a slap?! Good thing you haven't seen my Star Trek covers.

    Ric
     
  16. ace peterson

    ace peterson Second Unit

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    Very very nice. I like it!
     
  17. Dave Corder

    Dave Corder Stunt Coordinator

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    Excellent work! I like this one so much better than the current cover I have now! (Like you, I have a 6/7 disc case holding my theatrical release and EE DVDs (though only the 4-disc EE and am using the only 6/7 case cover from DVDCoverArt.com).

    Am eargerly awaiting the day this shows up on DVDcoverart.com (as well as the TTT DVDs).

    Just as an aside, I like your TNG covers so much that I have all seven of them printed out and lined up on my shelf, even though I don't (yet) own seasons 1 or 2. It just wouldn't look right with half the saucer missing!

    Can't wait to see what you come up with for the other two covers.

    Dave C.
     
  18. John Alderson

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    Wow, never thought I'd see anything that would make me want to part with my EE box. Tempting... I'll have to wait and see how the TTT and ROTK EE's look next to FOTR [​IMG]

    I just watched FOTR:EE tonight, and dang that gatefold case is rather annoying to juggle.
     
  19. Mark_TS

    Mark_TS Screenwriter

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    very nice. I note that in Europe and Japan, they are not quite so afraid to make bold artistic choices in cover graphic design, whereas here, it is almost always based on commercial considerations, sometimes nice, mostly not.

    Just one example-compare the BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF/Pact des Loupes covers on the Euro/Canadian covers vs the US cover art.

    They may also choose to dispense with the sales propaganda quotes on the cover; ie: "The Years best film!" etc etc etc
     
  20. Parker Clack

    Parker Clack Schizophrenic Man
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    Ric:

    You can always send them on to me.

    Parker
     

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