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That Time The Mighty Mitten Went Hollywood

So. Did I ever tell you about the time my art was in a movie?

There I was, minding my own business, drawing my Michigan pictures, when out of the blue I received a not-so-mysterious message from a woman named Kendal.

“Hello!” the message began,“ I am a set decorator in New York City and I would love to use this print in a film I am currently working on. The film is called "Sleeping with Other People", a romantic comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie.”

Very interesting.

The print in question was the first Ann Arbor illustration I ever made; a dramatic upward-looking angle of the Student Union at The University of Michigan, which I actually made as a wedding gift for some good friends of mine. You can see below how it began its life as part of their save-the-dates.


So Kendal buys the print and sends over some paperwork to sign, the legal nature of which is a bit mysterious to me, but it basically gives Kendal and her crew permission to use the print in the movie. The contract also gave the them rights to reproduce and sell things in which my print might appear. For instance, it could appear in the background of a photo used as a DVD cover, or frankly in background of an image printed on a shirt, and so on.


Now, broadly speaking, if