When Walter Sickert was asked by Michael j Epstein and Sophia Cacciola to make the Official Movie Poster for TEN, he was excited as he’s a huge fan of 70’s cult/horror/slasher movies and the artwork they inspire and loves to partner with friends on amazing projects.
Having done poster art for various clients (including his own band) over the years - he was prepared to take up his pen as soon as inspiration hit!
A week or so after Walter saw the original TEN trailer, he had a clear vision for the poster. The iconic imagery within the movie focused on rather creepy pig-masked characters. Walter decided a melting perverse advent-calendar type illustration focusing on the pig mask as the central theme was in order. He studied the script, reviewed location shots from the filming, read the biographies of all of the actors and started to work,
Pen hit paper and the pig mask was realized first. As Walter continued to draw, the mystery of the movie became apparent in the puzzle pieces falling from the mask into the depths.
As he moved down the page, details, clues, and warnings emerged from his pen and into the drops. Hidden weapons, bodies, and even the mansion in which the movie was filmed make an appearance. Secret messages in both the illustration and the text provide clues to the murders.
Look closely at the poster - see the movie when it’s out
Post by Edrie :-)
Hello Toy Chest Lovelies
You may have heard through the ETHER that we are recording a new album - and YES, yes we are!!
It’s our FIRST STUDIO album in TWO years and we could not be more excited!
(Concept art for one of the tracks by Walter Sickert)
ALL $ made from the kickstarter goes to pay for the MIXING, MASTERING and MANUFACTURING of this Ahhhhhmazing Album!
For the last two years, our diverse band family has been using music, visual art, dance and performance to fight for love, tentacles and the SteamCRUNK way. We’ve formed an eccentric and inclusive community of misfits who have been working hard putting on EPIC SHOWS of which all of you have been an integral part! We don’t just perform for you, we perform on you, in you, with you! It’s you that makes all of this are possible!
We have saved up money and were able to fund lots of lovely art projects like MORE MUSIC THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A STICK AT, nearly UNENDING AMOUNTS OF ART and an AWESOME interactive-multimedia-play (which many of you helped produce!!!)
But now it’s time to turn our attention to beautiful NEW songs that we can make widely available to EVERYONE EVERYWHERE!
LET’S MAKE A STUDIO ALBUM!
Though we are doing a modest Kickstarter to help defray some of the production costs, all of the money thus far has come from our own shows and music sales over the last two years!
But that money only got us through the studio recording phase - now we need to mix, master and manufacture this wonderful music! The REAL goal of the album is lofty! We’d like to release not only the gorgeous music (in a beautiful one-of-a-kind package), but also to accompany each and every track with unique art conceived of and executed by Walter. If we BEAT our modest Kickstarter GOAL, we will also press the album in vinyl (for extra-warm analog goodness) AND make a video for every song on the album!
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Everything we’re raising goes directly to the album and fulfilling the rewards (and Kickstarter fees - see below!)!
We keep our costs as low as possible, after all - we are backed ONLY BY YOU and our own hard work and savings!
Our Kickstarter minimum goal is to raise $6,000 (the extra $600 is for Kickstarter and Credit Card fees!) but the cost of doing the album is actually closer to $20,000 *gulp*
SO we’d LOVE to make EXTRA!
Here’s the breakdown:
* 6k BASE GOAL (Reward fulfillment, Mixing, Mastering, paying our incredible Producer Joel Simches, Manufacturing CDs, a TINY amount of promo, pay for NEW band photos by the AHHHhhhhmazing Caleb Cole)
* 8k A LITTLE BIT ABOVE (all of the above plus vinyl!)
* 10k PRETTY DARN GOOD (all of the above plus a couple of shoestring videos and a tiny bit more promo - buttons, t-shirts, postcards, some marketing help!)
As you can see, we’d put EVERYTHING back into the ART and the people that make it! So please PLEDGE and pledge GENEROUSLY!
~~PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST BY BEING OUR HUMAN MICROPHONE ~~
As soon as you support this Kickstarter, PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU’VE DONE IT, AND SPREAD THE LINK FAR AND WIDE!
This effort is all about COMMUNITY and will only succeed with YOUR HELP!
Our hashtag is #SoftTime
& we’re @armyoftoys on Twitter
And don’t forget FaceBook!
and thank you, thank you, thank you!
Love & Tentacles
Photo by the ahhhhhmazing Caleb Cole