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Neon Movie Signs
August 8, 2011 2:31 PM   Subscribe

Mr Whaite designs animated neon movie signs for classic films such as The Shining, Jaws, and Beetlejuice.

He also designs other movie posters and art, which you can see in his main tumblr feed.
posted by malapropist (24 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite

 
The Shining one actually manages to be scary.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 2:35 PM on August 8, 2011


These are fantastic. For some reason I get giddy imagining these being actually made. I'd love to have the Strangers on a Train one, for example.
posted by Stunt at 2:35 PM on August 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is awesome. Also, trend alert; 2011: the year the animated gif grows up.
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:36 PM on August 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


These are quite good. Thanks for the post.
posted by IvoShandor at 2:43 PM on August 8, 2011


NICE
posted by Horace Rumpole at 2:50 PM on August 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


gottfrieds
GOTTFRIEDS
GOTTFRIEDS

These are great, thanks!
posted by not_on_display at 2:55 PM on August 8, 2011


These are pretty nice, though I was disappointed that they weren't actually neon signs.
posted by Thorzdad at 3:07 PM on August 8, 2011


Fun stuff, thanks. (Spider-Pig?)
posted by Gator at 3:08 PM on August 8, 2011


Spider-Pig.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 3:31 PM on August 8, 2011


I've been following this guy for a few weeks, and have not been disappointed yet. This, along with If We Don't, Remember Me and From Me to You, have kind of made a new-ish kind of medium, somewhere between a photo and a video, but not as clumsy as lenticular photos. The constant reiteration of subtle movements really is pretty compelling. Don't be surprised if you start seeing this kind of stuff integrated into more consumer-oriented things, like wedding photography and interior design.

Also, let's hope there's a market for actual physical neon signs to be manufactured. I might be interested, is all.
posted by jabberjaw at 3:56 PM on August 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


I sure wish it became a meme to recreate posters for Stanley Kubrick movies...
posted by Napierzaza at 4:02 PM on August 8, 2011


I would pay good moneys for an actual version of this one.


It's for the best that I don't have good moneys, right?
posted by Spatch at 4:07 PM on August 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh man oh man I like The Shining one so much!
posted by sc114 at 4:37 PM on August 8, 2011


Wow. Just Wow.
Wonderfully Subtle.
Great Post!
posted by djrock3k at 5:48 PM on August 8, 2011


I thought Dart Vader switching between the red and blue glows as he looked back and forth was pretty clever.
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:04 PM on August 8, 2011


or even DartH. Grr.
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:05 PM on August 8, 2011


I want the King Kong one.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 6:48 PM on August 8, 2011


These are splendid -- not just the execution but the selection of key visuals that benefit from animation.
posted by FelliniBlank at 7:21 PM on August 8, 2011


The thing about having custom neon made is, it's WAY cheaper than you think it is.

The other thing about having custom neon made is, actually doing all the different bits and the electronics required to cause the animations to happen... is a lot more expensive than you think it is. (Not to mention complicated and ruled by limitations and kind of a headache all around.)
posted by hippybear at 8:32 PM on August 8, 2011


It seems like a many of these have too many frames of animation to actually work in real neon. There'd be too many layers, making each frame obscure parts of the one behind it. I guess that's one of the limitations that hippybear is talking about. Some do look like they'd actually work, though, and they're the best by far.
posted by zsazsa at 9:54 PM on August 8, 2011


Yeah, these are pretty awesome. I suppose there's no "bend neon tubes at home!" kit?
posted by maxwelton at 10:18 PM on August 8, 2011


I really find the aesthetic of these pretty distasteful, though I suspect they would be much more charming as actual neon instead of on that vacuous black background. Just looks too much like art from a bad Sega game rather than having the grittiness and physicality of real neon. The Jaws one is great, though.
posted by brightghost at 10:38 PM on August 8, 2011


Wow, these are way cooler than I expected. I'm tempted to try replicating the idea with some 3D modeling software, to render them as realistic signs (including visible tubes for the un-lit portions of the signs.) In fact, "tempted" isn't the right word. "Compelled" is more correct.
posted by ShutterBun at 6:18 AM on August 9, 2011


Cool stuff. My favs were the Batman/Joker and the Jaws.
posted by Shrekman at 8:02 AM on August 9, 2011


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