Local filmmaker C Blake Evernden was inspired by the history of movie posters design as well as trying to visualize some of his very earliest films for his first art exhibit “Cinematic Imaginings,” which opened at Casa, June 23.
He has directed several independent films shot in Southern Alberta including short films “Spider” and “Resolve,” full-length thriller “Prairie Dog,” the documentary “Creating Points of Importance” and “Living Proof.”
“I’ve been making movies since I was 11 or 12 and usually the budget wasn’t enough to reflect what was in my head. So I thought making a movie poster could better reflect it,” he said, adding the works include posters for short films and feature films he’s completed throughout his career, plus three new films he is working on. He combined his love for movie poster design with his desire to visuallize his thematic vision, which he wasn’t able to achieve due to lack of funds and experience in his early day as a filmmaker.
So he sought inspiration for the exhibit by exploring the history of movie poster design and looking back on his very earliest films.
The new films include a romantic comedy set in, aptly, a movie theatre.
“And on another of the new ones, I’ve used a couple actresses I hope to be working with on the film,” he said.
“I’m influenced by David Grove, Bill Gold and Bob Peak who designed a lot of posters in the ’60s and ’70s,” he said, adding the exhibit was a chance to expand his design skills.
“Otherwise I’d still just be doing floating heads and text around them like most people do today,” he said.
“That’s been the most exciting part of doing this exhibit is doing all the research into different styles,“ he said.
C Blake Evernden’s “Cinematic Imaginings runs at Casa until Aug. 25 with Kari Lehr and Karen Tamminga-Paton’s “Beloved” in the main gallery, as well as Robert Bechtel’s “Lineage,” Peak Support Services art classes “Monsters” in the Concourse showcase and Alison Grigg’s group show “Do Not Touch The Art,” in the Passage Gallery.