The winner of the Bad Lieutenant poster design contest is...
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with the results of the Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans poster contest!
I ended up with over 60 entries from all over the world. The contest was only open to US readers, unfortunately, but some non-US residents entered hoping only to have a good enough entry to warrant inclusion in the runner-ups… a couple made the cut and you’ll see them below.
If you don’t remember the rules of the contest… it was simple. I wanted a poster that showed the movie for what it is, not the safe floating heads cop drama standard layout that the studio cooked up.
The flick is crazy entertaining and the posters that caught my eye captured a bit of that spirit.
There was a ton of great entries and that’s not me just buttering up the entrants. Seriously, this one was really difficult to narrow down.
I’m going to show a handful of entries below, some better than others in certain categories, some more professional, some less so, but with a great design element, etc.
To start I’m going to give you the 2nd place and then the winning entry. I went back and forth on these two for a good 36 hours. The near-win was an entry by a reader named Jason Rasco. Rasco’s contrasting of black and red colors is great and the flow of the design is sharp. Check it out:
Good, right? You can see why I had a hard time giving it second place. The winner is Sean Hartter and his poster isn’t as professionally done, but captures the insane wild west with crack cocaine feel of Werner Herzog’s movie. Plus as great as Rasco’s poster is we’ve had the red-face Nic Cage poster with Martin Scorsese’s BRINGING OUT THE DEAD.
Here’s Sean Hartter’s winning poster:
Mr. Hartter will be getting three professional prints of his artwork for himself, a DVD pack containing 5 Nicolas Cage movies and 5 Werner Herzog movies, a Lena Herzog photography book signed by Werner and their art posted at the official Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans website, twitter page, facebook page, etc.
Congratulations to him.
Instead of just leaving it there I wanted to showcase some other entries that jumped out at me, so let’s take a look at some of the talented designs!
This entry from James M. Dunlap might have been my pick for winner if a few more elements fell into place. He had some trouble exporting the Photoshop documents, so the credits didn’t look right, which throws off his design a bit. But I love the poster, it’s very Saul Bass and feels like it’d come right out of the late ‘60s or early ‘70s.
David Craig’s entry was another really inventive design that really does capture the insanity of the movie.
Craig McDaniel had two entries, both of which I liked a lot. My favorite of the two was this one for pure design aesthetics:
His second poster is also good and gets bonus points for featuring the frankly graphic hotness of Fairuza Balk.
There were a few cartoony entries that I quite liked for different reasons. I’ll run ‘em for you now. First up is Ali Eldridge’s entry:
Brian Gilles’ entry feels more like the cover of the comic book adaptation, but shows a real artistic eye and composition:
And Terrence Horan’s entry:
And perhaps my favorite of the cartoon interpretations is Brian Christian’s piece:
Mitch Sheffield’s entry wanted to make New Orleans a character on the poster as well as Mr. Cage and Ms. Mendes:
Danny J. Gibson’s entry feels like a Criterion cover of a Wes Anderson movie.
Jason Nelson’s entry has an iguana growing out of Nicolas Cage’s forehead. Bonus points!
Yabori Sequeira’s poster is pretty rad design-wise. Love the mirror images and the satellite view of Nawlins over the dead gator.
Matthew Smith’s solid entry has an illegal substance (quite a common theme in the entries I must note) and wooden-head Nic Cage:
These last two were in the running for a while and might be able to fight over 3rd and 4th places if there were more prizes. First up is “distich”’s grainy b/w poster showcasing Cage’s unhinged performance.
And finally Alwin Jansma from the Netherlands had this montage poster which was sharp as hell… another finalist if he had been eligible.
Great work guys and congratulations again to the winner!
I know it’s a Twilight weekend, but if this flick opened up near you give it a whirl. It has 100% less 17 year old abs, which is probably why it didn’t win the weekend, but it’s a great, bizarre ballsy flick. My chat with director Werner Herzog will be hitting sometime in the next 24-36 hours.
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Nov. 21, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST
Nov. 21, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST
but shit, they're all pretty damn good. <p> when are you guys going to have a funny haiku contest, then I can get down on it!
Nov. 21, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST
The second and first place posters blow. Yabori Sequeira’s and Matthew Smith's are the best of the lot, and the comic book cover one shows the most skill (even if it doesn't work as a movie poster). The Netherlands dude/chick (whatever...Arwin? Sounds like it could be a fucking elf goddess) made the best "real" movie poster, in terms of Hollywood style. You suck. Get your eyes checked.
Nov. 21, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST
by Margot Tenenbaum
and Brian Gilles. <p>The rest look like studio Photoshops we've seen dozens of times in the last 10 years.
Nov. 21, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST
And even the worst of this group is still 1000% better than most studio posters released anymore. Bravo!!
Nov. 21, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST
For once, something I see on this site is totally fantastic. Very cool to see people come up with original stuff. I don't love them all, but most of these people would have my vote for doing this work for real posters. Sadly, it is not the designers who make modern movie posters SUCK. It is the executives (truthfully) who ruin the designs. I have seen it happen. Great designs are constantly watered down by tone deaf, artless people in charge. If you only knew, you'd storm the gates of Hollywood in outrage.
Nov. 21, 2009, 1:44 p.m. CST
This guy should be declared winner, hands down. Too bad he's from abroad. I don't know how you decided to give Rasco second place. No offense to him, but that poster isn't even close to Smith's, Horan's, or McDaniel's. A bizarre choice for second place, indeed.
Nov. 21, 2009, 1:44 p.m. CST
Well done, guys!
Nov. 21, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST
It's a bearded dragon growing outta Cage's head, not an iguana.
Nov. 21, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST
For the record i am a dude not a chick. But i have to agree with the_patriot that of all of these posters are far better and more creative then that horrible studio poster. Pretty cool to see my poster on aintitcool!
Nov. 21, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST
Great poster. Shame you live in the wrong place.
Nov. 21, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST
Nov. 21, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST
I love it! It makes Cage look NUTS.
Nov. 21, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST
Just short of the correct inspiration: Cage's face should be created by a gigantic pile of coke rather than just having some off to the side.
Nov. 21, 2009, 2:07 p.m. CST
For my money.
Nov. 21, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST
in that order.
Nov. 21, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST
am i the only one that sees the giant typo in the 2nd place winner? Why do so many people have issues with this sort of typo and not know they are doing it? He said "His Soul's Still Dancing." By using apostrophe - S, he is giving ownership to the word STILL. Not what I think he intended. It shouls read "His soul IS still dancing." That's the only way to not give ownership to the next word.
Nov. 21, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST
you must be this old to ride the internet.
Nov. 21, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST
you must be more sober than i to post on the internet
Nov. 21, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST
Nov. 21, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST
should have given it some useless apostrophes. A'lvin, or Alv'in. Needless apostrophes are all the rage these days.
Nov. 21, 2009, 2:35 p.m. CST
Xzibit and the Chipmunks: Christmas Rap! Pimp my tree, Dave.
Nov. 21, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST
uh, no. "soul's" can be possessive, OR it can be short for "soul is". <p you wouldn't find fault in the sentence, "My dad's a dentist." would you?<p>always good to be sure you know what you're talking about before you call someone out.
Nov. 21, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST
by judge dredds fresh undies
Well done people. I especially like Brian Gilles’ entry.
Nov. 21, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST
An iguana straying off a table full of blood platter, a line of coke, a gun, and Nic Cage's face imposed within the grain pattern of the wood. Pretty nice. There should be white coke lizard prints all over it though.
Nov. 21, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST
stop being stupid greedy fucks.
Nov. 21, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST
A lot of them are terrible, awful typography too.
Nov. 21, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST
Nov. 21, 2009, 4 p.m. CST
by jackson healy
Have you actually seen the film? If you had, you wouldn't have made that comment. Saw it three weeks ago with a Q&A with Herzog and Mendez, and damn if Herzog didn't have a vision for it. BLPOCN is one of the best B movies in recent memory, imo. Gotta love the cheesy genre title!
Nov. 21, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST
by Flim Springfield
The tabletop makes for a great poster background, and the gun, coke and lizard are all perfectly placed.
Nov. 21, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST
"posterizing call of new orleans"...or ooooo how many retarded photoshop filters can we play around with...I like the giant glowing red face...lol
Nov. 21, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST
A big ol' cup of HATERADE before he logged on... Wow. <p> They were ALL well done. These guys put a lot of work in those posters whether the trolls like them or not, good job fellas. <p> As for the Haters... get a life, read a book, get a hobby or something. <p> DO SOMETHING MEANINGFUL BEFORE THE HATE TAKE YOU COMPLETELY OVER!
Nov. 21, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST
I would put that on my wall.
Nov. 21, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST
Man I think all these are great. His Soul Is Still Dancing. Good enough JohnGaltShrugged ? Had lots o fun quint. Thanks.
Nov. 21, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST
Nov. 21, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST
by Super Rabbi
Nov. 21, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST
He's a frickin' genius when it comes to posters. I'm surprised he entered, but, not surprised he won. So, so awesome for him. Way to go Sean!!!!
Nov. 21, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST
But cant argue with the winning poster. All great efforts.
Nov. 21, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST
by Mr Incredible
Nov. 21, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST
Because I would've seriously been pissed to have lost to those two sh*t posters! Those two winners had no right even being in the top ten, never mind the f*cking winners circle! So like I said, glad I opted out of entering this contest.
Nov. 21, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST
That there are some truly incredible posters here, many of which are heads and shoulders better than even the actual posters used for the film. On a positive note, a lot of you will have some kickass posters to add to your graphic design portfolios and what not! Awesome job all!
Nov. 21, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST
by Turd Furgeson
You guys should seriously be doing posters for a living. Nice work. Did not like the winner that much.
Nov. 21, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST
Admitedly 1 or 2 have some substance that could be worked on and refined to make some good artwork. Personally i would'nt dream of putting anything like those on in my portfolio, still different strokes for different folks
Nov. 21, 2009, 6:19 p.m. CST
Great stuff wasted on shit.
Nov. 21, 2009, 6:20 p.m. CST
by George Newman
Nov. 21, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST
Honestly my least favourite is the second place winner - it is nicely composed, and good use of colour, but entirely pedestrian. It doesn't have any punch.<br><br>Great work folks.
Nov. 21, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST
Come on, man.
Nov. 21, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST
It's original Se7en poster good! Fucking immaculate. And I dig Craig McDaniel's first entry. It captures absurdity in an iconic fashion like the "Trainspotting" and "A Hard Day's Night" posters.
Nov. 21, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST
please Harry, this was a great idea, keep it going!!
Nov. 21, 2009, 8:24 p.m. CST
put up or shut up
Nov. 21, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST
Congrats to all.
Nov. 21, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST
AICN needs to have more contests like this, those were fun to look through. Good work!
Nov. 21, 2009, 9:19 p.m. CST
And not just for the mis-marketed indies.
Nov. 21, 2009, 9:30 p.m. CST
So I suppose I must admit that it definitely is a "Twilight" weekend. It's the same audience that drove "Titanic" to the number one all time gross, so I shouldn't be as surprised as I am... Of course, that was actually an entertaining, solid movie, despite the backlash that inevitably came... I can't see this one holding up well enough to be anywhere near the top of the gross lists at the end of its run. <br><br> Beautiful work on the many posters, and a very cool contest. I only have a mild interest in the film, but I really enjoyed checking out all the artwork.
Nov. 21, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
Nov. 21, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST
A cult for virginal girls. It's rating is like a 4.2 on IMDB. Goes to show that site can still get it right.
Nov. 21, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST
looks wired. awesome job.
Nov. 21, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST
Nov. 21, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST
In 10 years. No one will care. It's just another tween girl phenomenon, like high school musical. The plot of the Twilight series is - Tween girls find shirtless guys hot.
Nov. 22, 2009, 12:33 a.m. CST
Nov. 22, 2009, 12:47 a.m. CST
"Cult of virginal girls"? Well, dammit, not if I have anything to say about it! A cult without sex is a day without sunshine.
Nov. 22, 2009, 12:48 a.m. CST
Lest one thinks a Mr. Polanski has hijacked this thread.
Nov. 22, 2009, 2:14 a.m. CST
by 3 Bag Enema
Every single one of these posters is brilliant compaired to you. Idiot.
Nov. 22, 2009, 2:25 a.m. CST
Should have won, that is all. Good work everyone.
Nov. 22, 2009, 2:28 a.m. CST
I mean the talkbackers critiquing fan art. Shut the fuck up you cynical fucks no one wants your opinion on this. Nice job everyone.
Nov. 22, 2009, 3 a.m. CST
would do a Crumb-esque version of Cage assaulting the two old ladies. No luck.
Nov. 22, 2009, 3:27 a.m. CST
really impressed. so much better than the anemic shit the studios put out.
Nov. 22, 2009, 3:28 a.m. CST
Nov. 22, 2009, 4:42 a.m. CST
why did the best poster not win? honestly, do you have a graphic arts background? why are you deciding the winner? there are easily five better entries.... this is miserable. This is life in a microcosm - a clearly better entry is given the 'thanks but no thanks' award while the lesser entry gets the win. such nonsense.
Nov. 22, 2009, 6:50 a.m. CST
by Napolean Solo
Stars Christopher Walken as Nic Cage.
Nov. 22, 2009, 7:03 a.m. CST
Terrance Horan, Matthew Smith, and Mitch Sheffield. They're all pretty good, but those 3 stand out for me.
Nov. 22, 2009, 7:21 a.m. CST
...and I could easily see that as the DVD cover for the film...but it's a bit too Stir of Echoes and Thirte3n Ghosts for my liking. Sorry, am I dick for saying that? Ah, well.
Nov. 22, 2009, 7:35 a.m. CST
If I were perusing the shelves at blockbuster, this would grab my eye more than the others. Well done, James.
Nov. 22, 2009, 8:22 a.m. CST
Didya see what I did there?
Nov. 22, 2009, 8:26 a.m. CST
better than those posters
Nov. 22, 2009, 9:05 a.m. CST
by dr sauch
They're all very good, but of the choices above, your first place is the one I'd of picked LAST!
Nov. 22, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST
It's a great idea for a contest. The studios should take note.
Nov. 22, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST
Nov. 22, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST
Perhaps you should have graced us with an entry of your own. I'm sure someone of your vast talent could have easily thrown something together that would have been worthy of your portfolio, or this fun contest.
Nov. 22, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST
I hope there are more like it- there are a lot of bad/bland professional posters out there. These posters, even the ones rough around the edges, are a lot of fun to look at and make me want to see the movie that much more.
Nov. 22, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST
cool work u did there guys.i hope we see more contests like this. <p>and i must agree with some,the winner poster imho is one of the worse ones.
Nov. 22, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST
Not a big fan of the winner, it's just too damn blurry to see anything really, but the runner up with the red face and fucked up eyes looks good. But the TV one shoulda won. Fail, Quint!
Nov. 22, 2009, 3:13 p.m. CST
Damn. Cool shit. My favorite is Alwin's... p> 1) Alwin <br> 2) Yabori <br> 3) Jason Nelson <br> 4) Terrance <br> 5) Gilles (great artwork!) <p> Hard to really pick, though. Though I have to say the "winners" were my least favorites of the bunch....
Nov. 22, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST
As if we wanted to get close to actors, to call them by first names. EVA mendes, NICK cage. Fuck that. And it's overdone already, too.
Nov. 22, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST
the rest have just one thing (like colors) working in them. Like the one with list of adjectives, ending up with BAD (LIEUTENANT).
Nov. 22, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST
It would have to be Craig McDaniels. More of these contests, please.
Nov. 22, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST
Nov. 22, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST
So, yeah, if people are bitching he picked the worst one, well, duh? I betcha Merrick would have somehow picked an even worse one.
Nov. 22, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST
I like most of them, Jansma should've won atleast something.
Nov. 22, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST
by 3 Bag Enema
The rest is photoshopped bullshit. And goodbye.
Nov. 22, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST
And you a-holes couldn't do better. These posters were damned cool.
Nov. 22, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST
sorry dude didn't mean to upset you, I am a freelance digital artist with over 20 years experience, fortunatly for me I happen to be very busy with work even through these hard times. If there is another competition and I got some down time, i'll show how the pro's do it.
Nov. 22, 2009, 6:11 p.m. CST
Nov. 22, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST
Nov. 22, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST
Full interview: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5737218n&tag=api Web Extra 1: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5736838n&tag=api Web Extra 2: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5736840n&tag=api Web Extra 3: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5736762n&tag=api
Nov. 22, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST
These are all decent entries. Even if there are "pro's" (JEB) who don't think so. I'm a working artist (more concept and illustration) as well, and I think this work is all worthy of note. Doesn't matter if it's not "professional" (ahem: STROSMER), it's all definitely fun and there are some good ideas.
Nov. 22, 2009, 8:11 p.m. CST
A lot of others were excellent too.
Nov. 22, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST
I'd love to see more comps like this. Some entries better than others but look at the cute bitchy arguments caused! Good to see some genuine creativity.
Nov. 22, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST
Because your poster sucks.
Nov. 22, 2009, 11:44 p.m. CST
Apparently there are some serious haters out there, but these posters are incredible. Seriously, every person featured could be a pro. Well done, guys (and girls, if the foo shits). Just a wonderful competition, and excellent entries. I'm incredibly impressed.
Nov. 23, 2009, 12:17 a.m. CST
There's news out there. Not ONE story on Global Frequency moving forward again....
Nov. 23, 2009, 12:29 a.m. CST
by frank cotton
your NAME sucks! FOAD
Nov. 23, 2009, 2:25 a.m. CST
by Mullah Omar
Simple request. <br> <br> More specifically, I have to imagine some friend-of-AICN like Stallone could end up with better-quality and lower-priced media material if they open it up as a competition here. The results of this particular contest are at least as good if not better than most of the official posters I see at cinemas.
I agree, I was among the nay-sayers and was too damned harsh. I was angry for what I thought was better than what was chosen but in the end, I'm not holding a contest - I'm not offering shit to anyone. So sorry for being so effusive when not one whit of my hidden 'bravery of opinion' counts for a thing. The winner was very good - I do think others were better but I could have been nicer and certainly less snarky in my response. Good for Quint for doing this and shame on me for being so hurtful. Best to the artists and to Quint. Ricardo.
Nov. 23, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST
Hi Quint and all, thanks for the good words. I posted a bigger file here. http://bellsouthpwp2.net/b/r/brian_christian/
Nov. 23, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST
I've been using Photoshop for about 4 years now, and have never really been able to pull off photo manipulations or movie posters nearly as well as these guys did(I use it more for line-art and coloring my line art), so well done all around. That said, I find it very hard to pick a favorite since I haven't seen the movie. The tone of the film goes a long way towards what the poster should emote and convey, so its hard for me to say who did the best. Sean Hartter's is very old fashioned and almost gives me a Peckinpah vibe, which is a high compliment. Craig McDaniel's might be the most well designed, but I can't say I'm sure it fits the tone of the film(from what I've seen in clips and trailers). Matthew Smith's might be my favorite, though... its not over-done, its not under-done... its clean, he created a unique "logo" of sorts for the title, and the focal point of Cage is done better than in anyone else's I think. But overall, great work by all of you.
Nov. 23, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST
I'm pretty sure that yours is hand drawn and not a photo manipulation of some sort(although I've been fooled in this manner before)... but if that is your artwork, its fantastic. I have friends who've done covers for independent comics that can't even compose an image like that. bravo
Nov. 24, 2009, 2:39 a.m. CST
by Moley Mole
...should have won, imho. Then again, I'm not Quint. But Jason Nelson’s entry fucking ROCKS!
Nov. 24, 2009, 5:32 a.m. CST
but i wish i had- what's the next one?
Nov. 26, 2009, 2:32 a.m. CST
i thought that one was tits.
Nov. 30, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST
Quint said the design has good flow. I disagree. I think the design is fragmented and takes emphasis away from all the important copy. It works as a design if you look at it like a comic book, different boxes at a time. But if we pasted that up on a wall it would be completely disorienting. Just my two cents. Congrats winners
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