TNC uses Social Media to build connections with creatives around the world from Music, Film, Literature and Art. Last week we got the chance to interview Polish artist Aleksander Walijewski whose latest film poster for The Joker captured something unique.
Hi Aleksander thanks for talking to TNC, how's everything going?
Everything's fine, thanks.
Your recent film poster for the Joker Movie has gone viral, did you imagine you would this type of reaction to your poster?
I guess I was hoping it would get noticed but definitely not to this extent. I think it went viral mostly because of a few fan pages that claimed it's another official poster for the movie. My name wasn't attached to it anymore, I lost control over it and I was just watching what's happening. The most surprising in this situation to me is that people actually liked it as "official" poster promoting the movie.
What has been the best comment you've received so far?
There were so many comments like "If this was the official poster than I would watch this movie". I mean I'm really happy to hear that my work can convince people this way, it's really motivating. I also read some comments about those theatrical, twisted Joker positions on the poster, that Joaquin Phoenix is trying a bit too hard to top Heath Ledger. I could take this as a compliment in some way as the model on my reference photos was... well it was me.
You've opened a store on Etsy how has that been going?
I've opened it in mid-2017 and it wasn't doing too good for like a year but views and sales slowly started to grow when I got more traffic from my social media accounts.
How has the response to the store been?
It was really good, a lot of people wants to have the Joker poster in form of a print, as well as my other works. I'm really happy to send them to countries all over the world.
Can you tell me a little bit about your work, how did you get into art?
I was always surrounded by art as my parents are both sculptors so ever since a little kid a liked to create - whether it's drawing, painting or sculpting. I got into graphic art a few years ago and I fell in love with poster art. Right now I study graphic design at the University of Arts in Poznań (Poland) where I can develop my passion for poster.
How do you choose the films you're going to create posters for?
Usually, when a movie makes a big impression on me I feel irresistible need to present my individual take on it in from a poster. On the other hand, sometimes the idea for a movie just appears in my head because I keep thinking about what I saw. It was like this in the case of Joker movie. I didn't plan to create a poster for it, I mean it's not even in theatres yet but I kept watching that fantastic trailer and this image just popped into my head and I couldn't resist but to execute it.
"..I also keep thinking about creating something for the beautiful polish film Cold War directed by Paweł Pawlikowski..."
What was the first film poster you worked on?
My first poster was actually an official poster for the Polish movie. From a perspective, I can see that it wasn't any good but at that time I was really excited about it. Interestingly, the movie is still being produced and the premiere date is not known yet. If it comes to alternative posters I think I made my first one for Fracture with Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling. Soon after that, I started working on a series of horror poster as a part of my licentiate degree diploma. It included posters for The Fly, Rosemary's Baby, The Shining, Psycho, Jacob's Ladder and Cube. I've chosen them because they basically made me a fan of horror movies.
Are there any films that you have posters planned for in the future?
I'm working on commissioned series of posters for Christopher Nolan films, I also keep thinking about creating something for the beautiful polish film Cold War directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
And finally, what do you want people to take away from your work?
I'd like my works to have a visual and also intellectual impact on people, to make the viewer reflect on the subject matter whether it's film, theatre or social poster.