Blu-Ray sleeves for Arrow Academy
My Name Is Julia Ross
My Name Is Julia Ross is a 1945 film noir produced by Columbia Pictures' B-movie unit. The Arrow producers didn't have many assets to work with but, by the time I was given this title, they had already chosen this still with this specific framing. All that was required was a title treatment and a little stylization. I also had to paint out part of a third person at the edge of the frame.
I submitted eight different title treatments. They are as follows: 1.) Bodoni Poster Compressed, 2.) see below, 3.) Gioviale, 4.) Bodoni Poster Compressed, 5.) Komu (variation "B"), 6. Komu (variation "A"),
7.) AdornS Condensed Sans, and 8.) Eloquent JF. The Arrow producers chose #1.

#2 was simply traced and cleaned up from the original artwork (below left).
I didn't want to do anything gimmicky or inappropriate, so I submitted a variety of subtle tints.
The producers wanted a blue tint, inspired by the original poster above. I submitted four variations — it's the same color sampled from the poster but in four different blend modes (overlay, soft light, 65% multiply, and 60% color). They went with #3.
The Big Clock
I was brought on board by the Arrow producers to design artwork for their Blu-Ray release of John Farrow's The Big Clock, a 1948 film noir starring Ray Milland and Charles Laughton, based on the novel by Kenneth Fearing. (It was remade as No Way Out in 1987 with Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman.)
Unfortunately, after my first round of comps, we found out they couldn't be used due to contractual issues with the studio. No new artwork could be commissioned for this release. What follows are my five comps.
Without spoiling anything, a small sundial plays an important role in the film and Milland's character at one point expresses interest in a green clock. The rest of the colors are identical to those used in the Film Noir set.
The final artwork is below. The reversible sleeve features two artwork options: the one on the left is a publicity still; the one on the right is the French one-sheet.
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