My second Tarkovsky poster (Ivan’s Childhood one here), this one for the mind-bending bonkersness that is Solaris. I went all out 70s sci-fi on this one, from the font (CRT-tastic Eurostile) to the psychadelic moiré pattern overlay. The three images are stills from Solaris, showing the planet in its various moods. Apparently the planet special effects were made used acetone, aluminium powder and dyes. Very nice, it sounds like the kind of thing my kids make with shampoo and food colouring in the bathroom on wet indoor days. I tried a lot of combinations of the stills, and this is the one that clicked for me.
These analog effects are great, not because they are particularly believable exactly (they aren’t), but because they are the result of chance. There’s not enough allowance for chance in the creative process anymore, it’s all meticulously pre-planned down to the last pixel. I don’t think Soderbergh did a bad job with his Solaris adaptation. It is obviously the result of a much less chance-embracing time. Easier to digest, but without much of a long finish. Excellent Cliff Martinez soundtrack though.
I had to enlarge the images to about 10 times their original size, so I masked the blurring and artefacts by adding some grain, an RGB screen texture fill and some Photoshop lens ‘correction’ to give the whole thing some bite and analog cruft even at 100% magnification. It still feels like a bit of a cheat since I am used to basically recreating images from scratch rather than reusing them, but I don’t think it could have worked any other way in this case.