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“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” Soundtrack Packaging

For Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ score to David Fincher’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” Rob Sheridan set out to create a unique, limited edition package that highlighted the album as a standalone work of art, independent from the film but connected to it. Ice and winter were a major theme in the tone of the music, and as such became the inspiration for the look and feel of the package.

An acrylic “ice” slipcase houses a book of six vinyl records, an exclusive fold-out poster by Neil Kellerhouse, and an 8gb USB razor blade pendant inspired by Lisbeth’s necklace in the film. The USB drive contains the album in high definition 96k FLAC. Each package is numbered in an edition of 3000, and each is personally signed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Rob Sheridan had a unique opportunity here to create something “anti-commercial.” There’s no title on the cover, there are no glossy photos of the actors from the movie, no obnoxious copyright lines or logos, no interference from the film studio. We made the package about texture and mood, prioritizing complementing the music over representing the film.

The artwork and imagery in the package were created by Neil Kellerhouse, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Rob Sheridan, Anders Linden, and Baldur Bragason.















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