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From Mubi’s write up:
“…it is hard to know whether he designed all the posters himself. In blog posts about Frankfurt I have seen comments saying that one Philip Gips was either the co-creator or the chief designer of a lot of these campaigns, but I have been unable to find any more about Mr. Gips.”
Having worked for Philip Gips’s small agency that he started after leaving Frankfurt Gips Balkind in the mid-90’s, I know for sure that he indeed lead-designed most of the posters that Stephen Frankfurt has been credited for in the Mubi article.
In fact, the article erroneously credits Frankfurt with writing the “In space no one can hear you scream” tagline for “Alien,” when the truth of the matter is that Phil Gips’s wife, Barbara, wrote the line (Phil told me this himself and took great pride in that fact).
There isn’t much on the web about Phil, so I just wanted to give the guy his proper due.
There was this debate within the team here at MUBI whether or not ‘Emmanuelle’ — http://mubi.com/films/1680 — belongs to our library. I remember saying, “of course it does! the poster is designed by Frankfurt.”
This of course followed with various calls with our advisors and Board with me explaining why we allowed French softcore-porn in our library. All for art!
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This is an excellent post, great read. Thank you.
I was just browsing through some old VW ads that and came across this:
I wonder if this silhouetting was in style at the time and perhaps a small influence, or was it just a co-incidence?
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Looks pretty similar to me Stef. Maybe just a co-incidence though.
You’re absolutely right. Phil Gips designed those movie posters. Phil Gips is a most remarkable designer. Unfortunately he often let others take the credit for his genius … because, well, I think Phil was more interested in creating outstanding work than in self-promotion.
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