Create animated artwork inspired by 'Black Mass'

Creators Selected On
September 18, 2015
This September, the story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston will be told in the highly anticipated film Black Mass. Starring Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger and featuring other iconic actors like Benedict Cumberbatch and Kevin Bacon, this all star cast is sure to bring this incredible true story to life.

Artists and animators from around the world are invited to create an animated GIF inspired by the film. Artists may animate the existing key art or illustrate something entirely original.

Artists are encouraged to watch the trailer for the film below, check out the film's website and Facebook page for additional insight and inspiration, and review the Official Rules for eligibility and submission requirements.

One Selected Artist, as chosen by Warner Bros., may have their work featured across the film's social media channels and receive $1,500. Two Highly Commended artists will also receive $500 each.
about black mass
Three-time Oscar nominee Johnny Depp stars as notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger in the drama Black Mass, directed by Scott Cooper.

In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly persuades Irish mobster Jimmy Bulger (Depp) to collaborate with the FBI in order to eliminate their common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement while consolidating his power and becoming one of the most ruthless and dangerous gangsters in Boston history.

the career opportunity
One Selected Artist, as chosen by Warner Bros.:
  • May have their artwork featured on Black Mass' official social media channels
  • Receive $1,500
Two Highly Commended Artists:
  • May have their artwork featured on Black Mass' official social media channels
  • Receive $500
Meet the Director: scott cooper
Scott Cooper is an American actor, writer, director, and producer. He is known for writing, directing and producing the 2009 film Crazy Heart starring Jeff Bridges. The film, released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, has received a number of accolades, including awards presented by the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Independent Spirit Awards and by the Writers Guild of America.
creative invite guidelines
  • This opportunity is open globally (except countries in which the United States has embargoed goods (including without limitation, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, and Syria)) to those who are at least 18 years of age and the age of majority at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.
  • All submissions must be original artwork (meaning not using third party pre-existing copyright materials) but artists may use the provided images and likeness of the characters of Black Mass for this opportunity. All rights in and to the images of Black Mass are reserved by Warner Bros.
  • All artists retain ownership in their work. There is no assignment of any intellectual property rights in your work to Warner Bros. However, by submitting you hereby grant to Warner Bros. a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license for one year to use your submitted work across their various marketing platforms in association with the film Black Mass.
  • Selected Artists grant Warner Bros. a worldwide, exclusive, royalty-free license for one year to use their submitted work across their various marketing platforms for the promotion of Black Mass.
  • Artists should retain their original art files but work must be submitted in GIF, max size 10MB.
  • Artists must join Talenthouse using an active email address in order to ensure they can be contacted should they be selected.
  • Selected Artists must respond to Talenthouse within one day of receiving the notification email or else will forfeit all incentives.
  • Inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions, as well as submissions that do not fit the brief and follow the guidelines or the Official Rules will be removed.
  • Sponsor: Talenthouse, Inc.
how warner bros. will choose
Warner Bros. and its panel of judges will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions and Official Rules.
Key Dates
  • Launch:
    August 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM
  • Submission Deadline:
    September 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Selection Period Starts:
    September 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Creators Selected:
    September 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM
All times are in Pacific Time.