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A king he was on carven throne In many-pillared halls of stone With golden roof and silver floor, And runes of power upon the door. That poem inspired one of the winners of the Treasures of Middle-Earth Design Contest presented by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We first wrote about this contest back in September, which was asking for submissions of all types, to design weapons and landscapes as well as creatures and characters. The complete selection of winners has been unveiled and includes an outstanding Hall of Durin piece, and the trolls painting seen above (and below). All the winners received exciting prizes.
One of this year's film that has maintained a fervent following even five months after it was released is Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, a quirky coming-of-age love story about Sam and Suzy on New Penzance in the summer of 1964. A couple of my friends dressed up as Sam and Suzy for Halloween, and I've admired the endless fan art posted online made by those who fell in love with the film's indisputable charm. Focus Features, in hopes of getting some Academy Awards acclaim, has turned to the fans to design "For Your Consideration" Oscar ads with a chance to win money and have the art actually used in their ad campaign.
We've all had that experience of finally sitting in a theater during a movie you've been dying to see, only to have someone sitting near you constantly talking or texting throughout the whole movie, ruining the theatrical experience. Tim League, founder of the beloved Alamo Drafthouse, has enforced strict no talking/texting policies in his theaters and even wrote an impassioned plea to other theaters to do the same. (One London theater seemed to listen, using ninjas to get people to shut up.) Now the Drafthouse is hosting an awesome contest where you can make your own "No Talking or Texting" video and win $1000. Read on!
It's time for Round 2! Late last year we featured a very unique filmmaking competition called Jameson First Shot, put together by actor Kevin Spacey and producer Dana Brunetti, sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey, that would give one emerging filmmaker the opportunity of a lifetime - the chance to make a film with Kevin Spacey in it. After a very successful first year, Jameson First Shot is back for another year of competition. Both Spacey and Brunetti have returned, but this time they're bringing along Willem Dafoe as the star, with Spacey as Creative Director. Time to start writing your new screenplay! More details below.
Get a load of this! Can you help Hans find the lost dog? We're excited to exclusively premiere the special Christopher Walken poster for Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths, as part of a new series of 7 character posters for the film, highlighting the seven psychopaths in it. This is all part of a bigger contest, because while there are six posters being revealed today across a few websites (ours included), the 7th and final image is open to fans to design with images of themselves. The excellent art we have is for Christopher Walken, who plays Hans, partner in crime with Sam Rockwell in the film. See the full-size artwork below.
Following in the footsteps of the multiple design contests for The Dark Knight Rises, a new design contest has launched for The Hobbit. This one, being run entirely by Warner Bros, is called the "Treasures of Middle-Earth Design Contest" and is open to all kinds of different artwork, from sketches to weapons to location and landscapes. Judging the contest are legendary concept artists from LOTR/The Hobbit, John Howe and Alan Lee, and Weta founder Richard Taylor. If you're a die-hard Tolkien/Hobbit geek and have been sketching photos of Bilbo and Gollum in your notebook all day, this is the perfect contest for you!
Time for another screenwriting/filmmaking competition to take an interest in if you're still looking for your big break in this industry. Intel and W Hotels, alongside writer Roman Coppola (Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom), are launching a short film series and competition entitled Four Stories. The comp involves writing a script for a 10 min. short set in a W Hotel, featuring an Ultrabook as a character. "Hotels and travel have been the inspiration for some of cinema's most enduring films. From Fellini to Truffaut, from Grand Hotel to Lost in Translation, the impulse to create in foreign lands has excited filmmakers for decades. Now it's your chance to create a story at some of the most beautiful W Hotels in the world." Cool!
Fans have already been brought into the marketing mix for The Dark Knight Rises with a contest to design t-shirts for the exciting conclusion to Christopher Nolan's film trilogy, and now they have another chance. We've already seen some cool TV spots for the film, but now you can make your own with a chance for it to be seen by the rest of the world. Imported from Gotham City (via SlashFilm) has revealed a contest for aspiring editors to make their own 25-second TV spot, which Christopher Nolan will judge himself, for a chance to win a trip to the New York City premiere of the film. Sounds like a pretty damn sweet deal to me.
Do you think you have what it takes to inspire Quentin Tarantino? The Weinstein Co. has partnered with Red Bull to launch a new contest around Tarantino's upcoming spaghetti western Django Unchained. Contestants will have two weeks (starting June 15th) to create and submit an "original multi-media piece", featuring footage from the Django trailer (now online here) or Tarantino's favorite spaghetti westerns, that will be viewed and judged by Quentin and his team. There has already been a lot of fan art made for Django, now they're asking fans to take it to the next level and actually "inspire" Tarantino with their design work.
Want to actually get away with designing your own custom The Dark Knight Rises t-shirt and having Chris Nolan look at it? That's exactly what Design By Humans is offering, they're launching a contest today (found via ComicBookMovie) to design "epic t-shirts, inspired by the upcoming, highly anticipated film The Dark Knight Rises." The top 3 winners will apparently be chosen by director Christopher Nolan and producer Emma Thomas, and will of course be printed. On top of that, 10 top finalists will also get cash, the top prize being $3,500. What an awesome opportunity to design a shirt that may become official swag.
"We happy? Yea, we happy." It's time to unveil! As promised, we wanted to show off the winning artwork for our redesign contest held in October for The Golden Briefcase podcast (original post here). We had quite a few fantastic entries, thank you everyone who submitted, we are truly honored to have such a supportive and creative fanbase. Below you can see the winning design that will replace our current iTunes image (check it out!), created by Kyle Brown, as well as a few of the runner-ups that we also really enjoyed. This was a fun contest and we're glad we had so many unique and creative submissions. Check them out below.
Columbia Pictures has launched a new contest today as part of the Face of the Fan contest series. Aspiring artists and Ghost Rider fans can create a movie poster that shows off their creativity and design skills in the Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance contest. Fans can download various stock fire photography (like that fiery chain above) and some art pieces from the movie to design their own poster. The studio is looking for fan art that captures the excitement of the legendary character. We're hosting our own design contest, but here's another being run by a Hollywood studio! One top winner will receive a trip for two to the premiere.