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Create artwork for Mortal Engines

Artists Selected On
September 3, 2018

UPDATE AS OF July 24, 2018

The Mortal Engines Creative Invite will now be judged by the Universal Pictures team. Incentives and exposure have not changed.

We are still looking forward to your submissions! Thank you!

- The Talenthouse Team
Mortal Engines is the startling, new epic adventure from the filmmakers that brought you The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies. The Universal and MRC adaptation is from the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve. Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns.

To amplify the launch of the film in December 2018, Universal Pictures is creating an art activation campaign leading up to this film’s release, and they want to collaborate with you!

Artists, designers and illustrators from around the world are invited to create one-of-a-kind static artwork for Mortal Engines inspired by the latest imagery, trailers, book series, and the film’s themes. Artists should think about all the themes of the film from girl power, to the weapons used, to the traction cities. And remember, “Some scars never heal.”

Whether it's an illustration, a digital painting or even an alternative poster design, the judges are looking for captivating and imaginative artwork to help drive promotion and excitement socially across the film's marketing and digital channels. Artists are encouraged to check out these photos from Mortal Engines for additional inspiration.

Artwork will potentially be featured across the film's marketing campaign, including social accounts, print materials and merchandise. Five (5) pieces of art will be selected by Universal Pictures. The Selected Artists will receive $2,000 for each piece selected. An additional fifteen (15) pieces will be selected as Finalists and receive $200 each. Finalists may have their work used in official Mortal Engines events, activations and pop-up galleries with credit given.
about mortal engines
Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

Mortal Engines is the startling, new epic adventure directed by Oscar®-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers (King Kong). Joining Rivers are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies three-time Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, who have penned the screenplay. The Universal and MRC adaptation is from the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic.

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the career opportunity
Five artworks, as chosen by the Universal Pictures judging panel, will be selected. The Selected Artists will each:
  • Potentially have their artwork featured in Mortal Engines' marketing campaign leading up to the release of the film
  • Potentially receive exposure for their work across Mortal Engines' digital and marketing channels
  • Receive $2,000 for each piece selected

Fifteen additional artworks, as chosen by the Universal Pictures judging panel, will be selected. The Finalists will each:

  • Potentially have their work featured in Mortal Engines events, activations and pop-up galleries
  • Potentially receive exposure for their work across Mortal Engines' digital and marketing channels with credit given to the Finalists
  • Receive $200 for each piece selected
creative invite guidelines
  • This opportunity is open globally to those who are at least 18 years of age and the age of majority in their jurisdiction of primary residence at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.
  • Multiple submissions (up to 10) and artist teams are allowed.
  • Please note, that during the Submission Period, submissions may be featured on Mortal Engines' social media channels with credit given to the artist.
  • Artists should retain their original artwork files but designs must be submitted in JPEG or PNG, max size 10MB.
  • All submissions must be original artwork (meaning not using third party pre-existing copyright and/or stock materials). Please no photography or video.
  • Artists may depict the likeness of the characters of Mortal Engines and may include Mortal Engines title treatment logo in their artwork. All rights in and to the characters and title treatment logo are reserved by Universal Pictures.
  • The Selected Artists will be required to assign the copyright to their work to Universal Pictures in exchange for the incentives set forth above. The Selected Artists will have to sign a Copyright Assignment Form.
  • The Selected Artists may be asked to modify their design to fit production requirements.
  • Selected Artwork and Finalist Artwork may be edited as part of an AR activation for up to 1 year after Selected Artist announcement.
  • Artists not selected retain ownership in the original portions of their work (excluding Universal Pictures' intellectual property incorporated therein). However, by submitting non-selected artists hereby grant to Universal Pictures a worldwide, limited, non-exclusive, royalty-free license for one year to use their submitted work across their various social media channels and online platforms in association with the film Mortal Engines. If used, all non-selected artists will be credited accordingly.
  • Finalists retain ownership in the original portions of their work (excluding Universal Pictures' intellectual property incorporated therein). However, Universal Pictures has marketing rights (global, unlimited, non-exclusive, royalty-free license) to use all Finalist submissions at events, activations and pop-up galleries and, across Universal Pictures' social media channels and online platforms for 1 year. Finalist work may be edited for an AR activation taking place within 1 year after Selected Artist announcement. If used, Finalists will be credited accordingly.
  • Please note that submissions can be used by the artist for personal, non-commercial and portfolio use only.
  • Artists must join Talenthouse using an active email address in order to ensure they can be contacted should they be selected.
  • Selected Artists and Finalists must respond to Talenthouse within two (2) days of receiving the notification email or else will forfeit all incentives.
  • Talenthouse reserves the right to remove inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions as well as submissions that do not fit the brief and follow these guidelines or Official Rules.
  • No purchase necessary to enter or be selected.
how the host will choose
Universal Pictures will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.
Key Dates
  • Launched:
    June 29, 2018 at 4:00 PM
  • Submit By:
    August 9, 2018 at 10:00 AM
  • Selection Period Starts:
    August 9, 2018 at 10:00 AM
  • Artists Selected:
    September 3, 2018
All times are in Pacific Time.