Blu-Ray/DVD sleeves, O-card, and disc art for Kino Lorber
I got this job in May just before wrapping up work on the István Szabó titles. Reginald Denny was a British actor who worked on stage and screen but, with the advent of talkies, segued from leading roles to character parts. Admittedly I'm really not well-versed in silent films, despite having gone to film school (Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd might be the exceptions and even then I'm far from an expert.) And ironically, I already knew who Denny was thanks to his final role: he played a character named Commodore Schmidlapp in the 1966 Batman film. And if you Google the name Reginald Denny, chances are you'll come up with an article about a truck driver with the same name who was beaten during the Los Angeles riots in 1992.
I immediately started researching Denny and soon struck gold: on the Internet Archive, I found scanned copies of Universal Weekly, a trade publication for film exhibitors from nearly a hundred years ago. I managed to find images of Denny as well as his name, drawn by hand in a way I could never duplicate on the computer.
I was never 100% sure if we could actually use the imagery (in all likelihood, it's public domain by now) but I could at least trace the letters myself. One of my pet peeves is when a Blu-Ray is released for an older film but the title is re-done in a modern style. (#firstworldproblem)
As you can see, this drawing of Denny came from Universal Weekly. I traced his name in Illustrator, cleaned it up, and even adjusted the kerning. The supporting text is in Gastromond.
Thankfully I was given some one-sheets and lobby cards and for this concept, I masked Denny out of the shot, painted out the smoke and the woman's wand, and painted part of his hat back in. The title was traced by hand in Illustrator and I managed to approximate the missing letters for "Collection." The supporting text is in IM FELL DW Pica with inner bevel and shadow effects.
This concept was ultimately chosen by the producers at Kino and I created a 1-line title treatment for the spine.
This one was pretty straightforward. Given the time period in which these films were made, I felt Art Deco ornaments would be appropriate. The supporting text is in Mrs Eaves Bold.
For this concept, I had to paint in the bottom of his shirt as well as additional background behind him. For the title, I ended up recycling the letters in "Reginald" for "Denny" except for the "Y" which had to be created from scratch. (It's been a while but I have to assume I tried reducing the thickness of "Denny" and it probably just didn't look good.) The supporting text is in LTC Pabst Oldstyle, both regular and swash.
I masked Denny out of the shot and painted part of his left lapel back in while the total lack of texture is obscured by a layer of grain. The supporting text is in Bureau Grot Medium while "Collection" is in Bureau Grot Wide. (This font is no longer available from Adobe.)
And for this concept, I used a screenshot and since I knew I'd be draping it in black with some texture overlays, the masking didn't have to be exact. The supporting text is in Cheap Pine, both regular and sans. For the title, as I did above, I ended up recycling the letters in "Reginald" for "Denny" except for the "Y" which was created from scratch.
I created the layout for both Blu-Ray and DVD. I did the Blu-Ray first since, as I learned on Tamango (my first Blu-Ray/DVD job), I found it's easier to expand a design than to shrink it. I used the image of Denny from the What Happened to Jones? poster and while I hate flipping images, it just looked better in this case. I also created an O-card (slipcase) for the Blu-Ray.
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