Filled with remembrances from Alvin’s wife and daughter, the book traces the development of Alvin’s career from his work on Brian DePalma’s PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE to the summer of ’82, when Alvin designed the posters for E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL (with unused concepts shown for the first time) and BLADE RUNNER. Designs for THE GOONIES, EMPIRE OF THE SUN, THE LOST BOYS, WILLOW, CAPE FEAR, STAR TREK VI (in the style of Robert Peak), and ample work for Disney (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN) are all profiled with commentary on each design.
Not only is the tome a testament to Alvin’s artistry, but it also — regrettably — traces the downfall of the artist-rendered one-sheet. By the time Alvin worked on JURASSIC PARK, most of his designs were vetoed in favor of “compiled” imagery that would lay the groundwork for the kinds of nondescript, Photoshopped products we mostly today in movie marketing.