By Iman Sadri
September 25, 2018
Films have many ways of drawing an audience to them. Trailers, soundtracks, and scene clips are some of these many methods to build audience anticipation. One of the most compelling ways to also draw in viewers are film posters. The best movie posters give a glimpse to the audience of the cinema experience they will have. If the movie poster is made compellingly enough the artist will make the audience feel as if they are missing out if they don’t watch the film. Nima Nakhshab is one these types of artists.
Nakhshab‘s Jurassic World film posters have been featured by Universal Pictures’ promotional department. They have been in Fandango and in MovieBill. Nakhshab has created a multitude of concept design and mashup film poster ideas, ranging from the newest Joker film to a concert idea for Britney Spears.
To gain greater insight into the world of film poster design we caught up with Nima Nakhshab in Orange County, California.
Iman Sadri : Please describe early life in early bio ?
Nima Nakhshab : For years I’ve designed movie posters for fun during my free time. During the marketing for the latest Jurassic World movie, I started making fan made posters and shared them on social media. Fans all over the world, some of the cast members, and even the directors, J. A. Bayona and Colin Trevorrow, took notice and really liked my work. A couple of months later, I received a message from Universal Pictures’ marketing team to create some official posters and art for the film. It was a dream come true.
IS : What are some of your favorite Old Hollywood posters?
Nima Nakhshab : I love any classic poster that Drew Struzan did for films. He is my biggest inspiration. You might not know his name, but you definitely know his work.
Nima Nakhshab : I work full-time as a Marketing Executive at Realty ONE Group. My day to day includes: designing graphics, social media management, event planning, photography, and more! I also do freelance work as a wedding and portrait photographer, and I try to design a movie poster every other day just for fun to keep up with my skills.
IS : How long does it take you to work on a poster?
Nima Nakhshab : This question is really hard for me to answer. The first Jurassic World poster I designed and went viral took me 5 minutes to create by taking a screenshot from the movie trailer, adding effects, extending the image, and including the release date and logos to the bottom. For most other posters… if I have a vision of what I want it to look like I can create a poster in less than an hour.
Nima Nakhshab : The two official art pieces I have created for movie studios are for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. One was a collaboration poster with Fandango, and the other was a cover for the awesome MOVIEBILL publication. I’ve also collaborated with musical artists such as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and Blake Lewis in the last couple of months to create posters for their musical releases. I hope to do more official movie posters soon. It’s an amazing feeling seeing your art in so many places for the promotion of a film.
Nima Nakhshab : I would say my favorite mashups I’ve done are of Jurassic Park with E.T., Winnie The Pooh, Indiana Jones, and The Lion King. People seem to love the mashup posters and seeing dinosaurs in other pre-existing films and I love making them.
Follow Nima Nakhshab on social media @NimaNeemz