Tom Chantrell was a British illustrator and film poster artist. He was noted as the designer of the Style C poster advertising the release of Star Wars in British cinemas.
Chantrell was born on 20 December 1916 in Ardwick, Manchester, England, the son of a trapeze artist.
He worked for the advertising agency Bateman Artists (later Allardyce Palmer) and had a prolific career painting films posters for Amicus and Hammer horror films, and for Carry On films. Among his best known works are the posters for The King And I (1956), Carry On Cleo (1964), The Sound of Music (1965) and One Million Years B.C. (1966).
Star Wars poster Edit
In 1977 Chantrell was commissioned by 20th Century Fox to produce a poster for the UK theatrical release of Star Wars. The US release had been promoted with a poster designed by Tom Jung, now known as as Style A. In UK cinemas, the film was advertised with a reworked version of Jung's artwork, the Style B poster by the Brothers Hildebrandt, but Fox and Lucasfilm executives were dissatisfied with the poster and decided to replace it with a more realistic depiction of the lead characters, in order to promote the film more effectively. Chantrell worked from a press pack of publicity stills to create the likenesses of Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, and got his wife, Shirley Chantrell, to pose as a model for Princess Leia's body.
Chantrell's Style C poster depicts Luke Skywalker looking directly and pointing his gun at the viewer, flanked by Han Solo and Princess Leia brandishing blaster guns, with a large image of Darth Vader looming behind holding a lightsaber, surrounded by smaller characters and a montage of starfighters in combat. Because of Chantrell's long association with Hammer productions, he included Peter Cushing on his poster; this was the only Star Wars theatrical poster that ever featured Cushing's likeness.
Other work Edit
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|1991||Star Wars||Game Boy||Cover Illustration|
|1992||Super Star Wars||SNES||Cover Illustration|
- ↑ Biography: Tom Chantrell and the World of British Film Posters (en) (November 2011). Archived from the original on July 28, 2017. Retrieved on July 28, 2017.
- ↑ Obituary: Tom Chantrell (27 July 2001). Archived from the original on July 28, 2017. Retrieved on July 28, 2017.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 The History of Star Wars Posters (14 December 2016). Retrieved on July 30, 2017.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 A short history of the first British Star Wars posters. Retrieved on July 30, 2017.