Press stills are standard 8" x 10" glossy
photographs, normally black & white. They can be the film's stars
and/or crew either from scenes in the movie or on the movie set during
the production of the film.
There is usually some type of descriptive
information included on the press still that explains who is in the photo
and what the photo represents. Sometimes the studios will type the description
on a separate sheet of paper and staple it to the back side of the still.
The press still also have a studio still
number which is normally printed into the still itself which identifies
Quite often they will include the NSS
number and studio information on the bottom right... but not always.
They are normally included as part
of a press kit which can contain a set of stills.
Every presskit is different with a varying number of press stills from
1 (especially in the mini presskit) to over 30.
The use of press stills as a promotional
tool dates to the earliest of films. Long before posters, press stills
were extensively used by the earliest nickelodeons as a form of advertising
AS A COLLECTIBLE
Press stills are normally included
in a press kit, and press kits are very sought-after by collectors. Even
on their own, press stills offer an inexpensive alternative to collecting
larger sizes of movie art.