Back in March of 2013 illustrator Jay Shaw created an art print for the film Starry Eyes. At the time, all he had to go on for inspiration was the script, as the film was in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money to begin shooting. The art print was to be one of the prizes for donating.
Shaw created a three-color print — a design with a slight echo of haunted gore.
Since then the film has been shot and made its debut at SXSW, where Time Magazine named ‘Starry Eyes’ one of the top ten films of this year’s festival.
Shaw’s second poster for the film debuted at by SXSW as well. A painting he was hired to do once the film was final, after being able to see what the words on the page had become.
The official poster is similar in composition to Shaw’s first design. A central figure — the victim. Mysterious harm. Between the transition from Shaw’s first poster to the second, something incredible happened. The script became a film and his original design gets a new life.
Too often a project like this dies — the script never gets shot, the crew never gets hired. The poster never gets made. The filmmakers Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch took ‘Starry Eyes‘ where most Kickstarter campaigns and spec scripts never go — into the real world.