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The Butler's In Love

The Butler's In Love is a short film inspired by a painting (of the same name) by artist Mark Stock, directed by David Arquette. I got involved when I was hired by Converge Entertainment to create the artwork for the film, which was a thrill for me... and I still consider myself fortunate be a part of the project.

"The Butler's In Love" by Mark StockThey sent me the original painting and then some disparate photos taken on the set, of the wall, the actor, the table and the bottles on the table. They were looking to create a feel similar to the original painting using this imagery, so I worked to combine them into a similar montage, give it similar textures, and make it all blend into a seamless piece of art. It was also important that I add a bottle of absinthe to the table (which is not present in the original) since Le Tourment Vert Absinthe both played a part in the story and was one of the sponsors for the film. I also added a frame around the final image that gives it the feeling of a vintage film plate... that was my way of giving a subtle nod to the marriage of this work of art and the art of film.

Blah blah blah, right? We designers are such douchebags, aren't we? I wonder when my thick-rimmed Buddy Holly glasses are going to get here... how will anyone know I am a creative? Seriously though... how funny is it that I get crap for being one of the only designers I know with 20/20 vision and no need for hip glasses? Arrrgh, I digress.

David Arquette (and my poster) at Mann's Chinese Theater for the LA PremiereThis project was an absolute success, and I was thrilled to see the pictures from the premiere, with my poster in the background. That's the first time I had been a part of something like that... there was a shot of Courtney Cox standing in front of the poster too, but I couldn't hunt it down again. Boo to that. Google, you have failed me this time.

Regardless, it was a great project, and a decent challenge trying to make a bunch of photos look like a piece of artwork. It's definitely harder than I thought it would be. For anyone who is interested, you can grab the hi-res paint texture I used in this piece here. It's pretty subtle in the final version, but it gives that impression of brush strokes that helps give the feeling of a painting.

An interesting side note to this project is that I am currently working with David Arquette and Ben Harper's clothing company, Propr, to create apparel for another client of mine, laBar. I am loving their stuff, by the way.

What I find the most remarkable about all of this is how underrated I have come to realize David Arquette is, at least in my eyes. All I could think about before was Scream... but there's a lot more to this guy. Still, now that I'm thinking about it, I really want to watch Scream.

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