DREW: THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER video interviews, plus win a signed Drew Struzan poster!

DREW: THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER video interviews, plus win a signed Drew Struzan poster!


Even if you don’t know the name Drew Struzan you almost certainly know his work. The renowned illustrator has provided art for the posters to popular movies like the BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy, INDIANA JONES, STAR WARS, POLICE ACADEMY, and THE MUPPETS movies, to name but a few. He’s also someone I consider a personal hero. I’ve been an artist since I could hold a pencil, but as a kid I never took much interest in fine art hanging on museum walls – yet when I visited my local movie theater, I would spend considerable time studying Drew’s poster art as if it was some famous historical painting. I first met Struzan about a decade ago at San Diego Comic-Con, and found him to be a humble and welcoming man, generous with his time and wisdom. Drew, unlike some in his position, was not the least bit pretentious or proud, though he certainly would have earned that right. The new documentary DREW: THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER studies his life and career, delving into his beginnings, his many accomplishments, and even some of his numerous work-related frustrations. The film is a passion project for director Erik Sharkey, born out of his personal loss, but done with love and sincerity. Many who know Drew are aware he’s a rather private individual, so the fact he was willing to open his life to this production was and is a big deal. In the documentary you can hear testimony from many of Struzan’s famous admirers and subjects, including Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Steve Guttenberg, Frank Darabont, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Thomas Jane, Sam Witwer and more. The film premiered at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and is playing at select Reading Cinema theaters – look for expansion info soon. While spending time with the project’s crew, I had the opportunity to interview Drew along with director Erik Sharkey and producer Charles Ricciardi. Watch all three of those interviews below, followed by the film’s trailer. Big thanks to Devin Pike and Jeni DeFeo for shooting these interviews.


And now, for those who want to know how to win a full-size poster from the film signed by Drew Struzan, it can be as simple as seeing the film. Check out any of the screenings of DREW: THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER and save your ticket stub. Mail in your stub to the address below, along with your mailing address:

Bigfanboy.com DREW Contest

Contest is open to U.S. residents only, all entries must be received by August 31, 2013. For a full listing of where you can see the film, click here. For our Dallas readers, it will be playing next at The Texas Theatre on August 23, 2013 – info on tickets here.

Drew Struzan interview:

Erik Sharkey interview:

Charles Ricciardi interview:

Theatrical trailer:

For more info on DREW: THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER visit the official website

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About the Author

Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.