Movie poster artist Drew Struzan gets the doc treatment

05:00 AM, Aug 16, 2013

A new documentary examines the career of artist Drew Struzan. drewthemovie.com/


Written By by Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY

When I look at a Drew Struzan poster, I’m immediately transported to my childhood.

Struzan is the artist behind some of the most iconic hand-painted movie posters of all time, from the Star Wars franchise to the Back to the Future movies to the Indiana Jones films. (He also did The Goonies, the Harry Potter movies, E.T., Hook … flip through this gallery for a flashback.)

It was only a matter of time before Struzan received the documentary treatment. Drew: The Man Behind the Poster features interviews with some of his very famous fans, including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Michael J. Fox, Harrison Ford and Guillermo del Toro.

Here’s the trailer:

Most of today’s movie posters seem like bad Photoshop jobs and aren’t terribly awe-inspiring. Next to Struzan’s detailed and remarkable work, they look 100 times worse.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Struzan many years ago, and it was so exciting to hear stories about his relationships with some of my favorite movies. This doc is a must-see for fans of Star Wars and Spielberg — and doesn’t that include just about everyone?

Drew: The Man Behind the Poster opens today in New York before expanding to other cities. Learn more at drewstruzandocumentary.com and see a bunch of the work at www.drewstruzan.com.