badlands illustration

Posted in illustrations, news by Tom on April 16th, 2013

“Little did I realize that what began in the alleys and backways of this quiet town would end in the Badlands of Montana.”

An illustration for the film Badlands, which I did to experiment with some new photoshop brushes and have a bit of fun.

I saw Badlands for the first time as a teenager and it blew my mind. It’s a beautifully shot movie with Malick famously filming scenes in the “magic hour” between the sun setting and rising. It also has a gorgeous score that went on to be used in Tony Scott’s True Romance and countless whimsical adverts for internet dating sites. But what really struck me was how poetic and lyrical the film was. It never attempted to tell you how you should feel or pass judgement on the characters. Instead it built a dreamy, mythic tale of America as the two leads (future President Jed Bartlett and Carrie) went about a bloody killing spree. I’d never seen anything like it.

Totally worth a watch if you haven’t seen it. As is Malick’s Days of Heaven which I think I prefer but Badlands remains the film that completely altered the way I watched/consumed/engaged with films.

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