60 episodes

The Poster Boys are Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith, two designers who get together and discuss all things graphic design, share their influences, and explore and celebrate the titans of poster design history. Schaefer and Smith both work as poster designers in today’s film industry, working with clients including The Criterion Collection, IFCFilms, Oscilloscope, Death Waltz Recording Company, and Janus Films. Look as you listen by following theposterboys.tumblr.com.

The Poster Boys Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith

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    • 4.9 • 126 Ratings

The Poster Boys are Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith, two designers who get together and discuss all things graphic design, share their influences, and explore and celebrate the titans of poster design history. Schaefer and Smith both work as poster designers in today’s film industry, working with clients including The Criterion Collection, IFCFilms, Oscilloscope, Death Waltz Recording Company, and Janus Films. Look as you listen by following theposterboys.tumblr.com.

    59: 2019 In Review

    59: 2019 In Review

    For the final episode of The Poster Boys, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith round up the most notable movie posters of 2019, celebrating some of their personal favorites while reflecting on general trends in key art, festival posters, design agencies, and other aspects of the industry.
    The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.
    SHOW NOTES & LINKS
    Movie Poster of the Week
    Screen Fonts
    Posterized Propaganda
    Posterwomen Newsletter
    Posteritati
    JozefSquare
    Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; Prelude from The Last Black Man In San Francisco; God Gave Rock And Roll To You II by KISS.
    Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, Logan Norris, John Paino, That Robot Guy, Jay Shaw, Midnight Marauder, Dylan Marchetti, Christian Laliberte, Lee Turner, Mike Guzman, Jason Suzuki, Ben Toupein, Jacob Lindström, Maddox Finkel, Matthew McCarthy Film Art Gallery, DRW, Matt McKee, Matthew Goodman, Dafna Pleban, Max A. Butler, Alex Kintzle, Robert Ewing, Scott Saslow, Sean Greathead, Llenn Kohlman, Tim Cook, Joaquin Morin, Makiko, Marie Julian, Neven Udovicic, Nico, Bryan West.
    Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.
    Produced by Adrian Cobb
    Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!
     

    • 2 hr 21 min
    58: Martin Scorsese

    58: Martin Scorsese

    With Martin Scorsese’s critically-acclaimed new film THE IRISHMAN hitting theaters and Netflix this month, poster designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith take a look back at the posters of Scorsese’s filmography. From his early iconic classics like MEAN STREETS and THE KING OF COMEDY to his additional DeNiro collaborations TAXI DRIVER and RAGING BULL, as well as his genre diversions AFTER HOURS and BRINGING OUT THE DEAD and his recent string of Dicaprio-led hits like THE DEPARTED and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, the Boys reflect on poster design trends from the late 70’s to today.
    The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.
    SHOW NOTES & LINKS
    Hat and Beard Press: The Art of Akiko Stehrenberger
    Inside Martin Scorsese’s Movie Poster Collection
    MOMA: Scorsese Selects
    Alex Griendling’s unused designs for Shutter Island
    Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; The Ronettes - Be My Baby; Bernard Herrmann - Taxi Driver.
    Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, John Paino, DRW, That Robot Guy, Jay Shaw, Midnight Marauder, Dylan Marchetti, Christian Laliberte, Mike Guzman, Ben Toupein, Jason Suzuki, Jacob Lindström, Matt McKee, Maddox Finkel, Matthew Goodman, Matthew McCarthy Film Art Gallery, Dafna Pleban, Sean Greathead, Alex Kintzle, Scott Saslow, Robert Ewing, Max A. Butler, Unsupervised Kids - Juan, Tim Cook, Makiko, Joaquin Morin, Marie Julian, Daniel Mouton, Nico, Neven Udovicic, Logan Norris, Bryan West.
    Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.
    Produced by Adrian Cobb
    Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!
     

    • 1 hr 54 min
    57: Movie Posters of the 70’s - Part 2

    57: Movie Posters of the 70’s - Part 2

    It’s the Movie Posters of the 70′s - PART TWO! This month on The Poster Boys podcast, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith complete their annual deep-dive into American film posters from an entire decade; this time: the 1970’s. In the second of an epic two-part special, The Poster Boys round out their list of favorite and noteworthy graphic designs from a tremendous decade of key art.
    The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.
    SHOW NOTES & LINKS
    Keith Phipps’ “The Laser Age” column for The Dissolve
    Sam’s Myth - Process: CARLOS
    Don Record: Hollywood’s Other Lost Title Designer
    Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme; Bruce Langhorne - The Hired Hand original soundtrack.
    Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, John Paino, DRW, That Robot Guy, Jay Shaw, Midnight Marauder, Dylan Marchetti, Christian Laliberte, Mike Guzman, Ben Toupein, Jason Suzuki, Jacob Lindström, Matt McKee, Maddox Finkel, Matthew Goodman, Matthew McCarthy Film Art Gallery, Dafna Pleban, Sean Greathead, Alex Kintzle, Scott Saslow, Robert Ewing, Max A. Butler, Unsupervised Kids - Juan, Tim Cook, Makiko, Joaquin Morin, Marie Julian, Daniel Mouton, Nico, Neven Udovicic, Logan Norris, Bryan West.
    Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.
    Produced by Adrian Cobb
    Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

    • 1 hr 53 min
    56: Movie Posters of the 70’s

    56: Movie Posters of the 70’s

    Designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith take an annual deep-dive into American film posters from an entire decade; this time: the 1970’s. In the first of an epic two-part special, The Poster Boys look at key art contributions by legendary illustrators of the era including Milton Glaser, Richard Amsel, Ted Coconis, and Jack Davis, as well as contributions from countless other designers and illustrators who created challenging and memorable poster art in an analog era long before today’s design technologies emerged.
    The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.
    SHOW NOTES & LINKS
    Movie Poster of the Week: The American Film Theatre
    Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme, Finale by David Shire from THE CONVERSATION (1974), Music from TIME AFTER TIME (1979) by Miklos Rozsa
    Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, John Paino, DRW, That Robot Guy, Jay Shaw, Midnight Marauder, Dylan Marchetti, Christian Laliberte, Jason Suzuki, Jacob Lindström, Ben Toupein, Matthew McCarthy Film Art Gallery, Matt McKee, Dafna Pleban, Robert Ewing, Unsupervised Kids - Juan, Alex Kintzle, Max A. Butler, Tim Cook, Makiko, Scott Saslow, Marie Julian, Daniel Mouton, Logan Norris, Nico, Neven Udovicic, Bryan West, Mike Guzman, Maddox Finkel.
    Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.
    Produced by Adrian Cobb
    Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

    • 1 hr 38 min
    55: Fischer-Nosbisch

    55: Fischer-Nosbisch

    This month on The Poster Boys podcast, designers Brandon Schaefer and Sam Smith celebrate the movie poster designs of Dorothea Fischer-Nosbisch and Fritz Fischer, partners and unsung heroes who designed stunning posters and programs for Atlas Films in 1960′s Germany alongside like Hans Hillmann, Heinz Edelmann, and other members of their award-winning design collective NOVUM which they founded. Displaying a range of styles incorporating expressive illustration, typography, and photography, Fischer-Nosbisch’s work connects to modern-day film poster design in refreshing and inspiring ways.
    The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.
    SHOW NOTES & LINKS
    Film Kunst Grafik
    The Poster Boys: Hans Hillmann
    Music Production Podcast - Be PROlific
    The Beacon Cinema (Correction: Haunted Light poster by CITY SCUM)
    Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme, The Third Man theme by Anton Karas
    Thank you to our patrons: Aschley Fish, John Paino, DRW, Jay Shaw, Midnight Marauder, Dylan Marchetti, Christian Laliberte, Jason Suzuki, Ben Toupein, Jacob Lindström, Matthew McCarthy, Scott Saslow, Matt McKee, Dafna Pleban, Mike Guzman, Maddox Finkel, Max A. Butler, Robert Ewing, Alex Kintzle, Juan Motoa, Unsupervised Kids, Makiko, Tim Cook, Marie Julian, Daniel Mouton, Logan Norris, Nico, Neven Udovicic, Bryan West.
    Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.
    Produced by Adrian Cobb
    Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

    • 1 hr 23 min
    54: Disney Renaissance

    54: Disney Renaissance

    With Disney’s Aladdin now in theaters and their upcoming release of The Lion King arriving this summer, The Poster Boys head back to their animated origins by diving into the Disney Renaissance! From The Little Mermaid to Tarzan, Brandon and Sam look back on and discuss the process behind some of Disney’s most iconic film posters from 1989 to 1999.
    The Poster Boys are now offering bonus episodes and exclusive content on Patreon in addition to their regular episodes. For these episodes plus much more exclusive bonus content, visit Patreon.com/theposterboys.
    SHOW NOTES & LINKS
    Art of the Title: Nina Saxon: A Career Retrospective, Part 1
    Lindsay Ellis - Video Essays
    Music selections: “Bass on Titles” theme, Part of Your World from THE LITTLE MERMAID; Friend Like Me from ALADDIN
    Thank you to our patrons: Jason Suzuki, Aschley Fish, John Paino, DRW, Jay Shaw, Midnight Marauder, Dylan Marchetti, Christian Laliberte, Ben Toupein, Jacob Lindström, Scott Saslow, Matthew McCarthy, Matt McKee, Maddox Finkel, Mike Guzman, Alex Kintzle, Robert Ewing, Max A. Butler, Unsupervised Kids, Juan Motoa, Tim Cook, Makiko, Marie Julian, Dafna Pleban, Daniel Mouton, Nico, Neven Udovicic, Bryan West.
    Follow Brandon Schaefer at @seekandspeak, and Sam Smith at @samsmyth.
    Produced by Adrian Cobb
    Support The Poster Boys on Patreon!

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

Film Muziq Fan ,

SO Sad to see them go!

I should have written a review sooner. I discovered these guys three years ago. Every episode inspired me to create and practice more and more. Thank you for the wonderful insight, humor, and passion you shared. Best of luck and may you have tremendous success in the future Brandon and Sam!

sorina v ,

This podcast is my poster school!

Couldn’t be more excited to discover this niche podcast. As a designer looking to get into posters for film there few centralized resources dedicated to the art of the poster. Yes it is long but I kinda love the length and tangents because drawing takes forever and this is the perfect pair to art. Thank you guys for putting this together !

Ryan forced to use a nickname ,

Always a great listen!

Love this podcast as Sam and Brandon are very intelligent and discuss poster design in an informative way. Their topics are always interesting and they make everything approachable!