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The story. The game. The movie?

One of the most haunting gaming experiences of all times, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, a psychedelic Sci-Fi thriller inspired by Harlan Ellison's short-story by the same name, has been brought back to life by the relentless Nightdive Studios, and is now available for only $5.99 on GOG.com. This is one of those times in the history of our classic catalog, that really calls for a special celebration! You know how we like to celebrate, right? By giving you something special! This time, we offer you the chance to get a very special I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream original box set, containing the CD edition of the game, a user manual, and--*drumroll*--a mousepad signed by Harlan Ellison, himself!.

<img src="http://www.gog.com/upload/images/2013/09/58b2f21fe5f1266ecd36ad84036ebdaee50b2d73.jpg">

We propose a competition. Or two, actually, as we have two such sets to give away at this time. How Night Dive managed to acquire them is quite the mystery, as Mr. Ellison isn't known for being a particularly social person (not unlike many other brilliant writers), but the fact is we have them, and we're quite happy to part with them (that's a lie), as long as they end up in the hands of our creative users (that part's true).

How to get your hands on this gaming treasure, you ask?

So, there was the short story, then there was the game. By the rules of entertainment convergence a movie should have happened at some point, right? Well, somehow it didn't. We want to correct this, at least partially. We want you, to design a movie poster for "Harlan Ellison's I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream: The Motion Picture" (PG-13!). Please include essential info on the poster, like: who's the director? Who's playing who? Who's voicing the sinister AI? You know, stuff like that. The author of the best looking, most creative poster gets one of the box sets.

Don't feel comfortable enough with your photoshop skills? Don't fret! There's still the second box set you can get. All you need to do is to write up a short voiceover for an imaginary trailer that would go with the said movie. Again, including the name of the director and your own cast is a good idea.

Post your entries in the forums, below. We'll choose one best entry in both categories. The submission deadline is Wednesday, September 25, at 10:00AM GMT, which gives you almost a full week to work on your entries. Depending on the number and the quality of entries, we might award some runner-up prices. As usually, the contest is not region-limited. Please make sure to remember about the "PG-13" rating of our imaginary movie. Turn on that creative thinking, and get cracking on your entries. Good luck!

EDIT:
The results ARE IN! Go to this forum post to see who won!
Post edited September 18, 2013 by G-Doc
Thought I might as well have a go. Here's my poster.
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Well since we're in the final hours of this contest I figured I would give my entry one last go over! So here are the edited, revamped versions!

I've decided to give the judges 3 colors to choose from:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6wltkrsxu6dy4t2/ihavenomouth1.png

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tyv55wz9j7o9h17/ihavenomouth2.png

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4dbgt65euhoy4s9/ihavenomouth3.png

I figured it would work best as a deeply dark, stylized, animated film, which is how I interpreted my entries. But all the actors I chose could easily be played live action ;)

Just in case you can't read them on the poster, the actors are:

AM - Gary Oldman (because he's an amazing character actor and can do any voice. Perfect for the schizo-God AI)

Ted - Christian Bale

Nimdok - Ian McKellen

Benny - Andy Serkis

Ellen - Vinette Robinson

Gorrister - Jonathan Banks

Anyway, I hope you like my twisted submissions! ^^
Everything is said by a narrator unless stated otherwise.

[images of a destroyed world, dramatic trailer music is playing]

In a world...

[more images of destruction]

where most of humanity has been wiped out...

[image of an empty city]

the few survivors...

[group of five people walking, seen from very far away]

are willing to sacrifice everything...

[record needle scratch]

[Rob Schneider as Nimdok] Anybody got a can opener?

[Kevin James as Benny looks at Nimdok with an angry expression]

To find food!

[Walking on Sunshine starts playing]

[Jennifer Aniston as Ellen] I am not eating another worm!

Based on the award-winning short story

[Steve Buscemi as Ted] Has everyone but me gone insane?!

by an author who wishes not to be associated with this film

[Benny, climbing a wall] I don't know about you guys, but I'm gonna get out of here! [promptly falls down]

a story about hate

[Gilbert Gottfried as AM] LET ME TELL YOU HOW MUCH I'VE COME TO HAVE YOU SINCE I BEGAN TO LIVE.

and love

[Adam Sandler as Gorrister, talking to Ellen] You are always with Benny, what has he that I don't have?

[Ellen smirks as her eyes move down, looking at Gorrister's crotch - Gorrister looks shocked]

about damnation

[Gorrister] Come on, AM, it's been [looks on his watch] 109 years, don't you think that's just a little excessive?

and redemption

[Ted] I have an idea that could free us all. What's the worst that could happen? [everyone looks at him doubtfully]

I Have no mouth and I must Scream, this holiday season in a cinema near you!

[music stops playing]

[slug-like creature] Mmmpf mpf mpf mmmpf mpf mmmpf mpf hmpf!

[AM] WHAT WAS THAT?

[slug-like creature now with Ted's voice] I said how am I supposed to scream like this?
Post edited September 24, 2013 by Samarius
Far too pushed for time to actually finish this so this is done with preliminary character sketches, vectored in PS way too rapidly and generally not very good. Also didnt even have time to start the 3d work.
Hopefully you get the idea of what happens when an industry like Holywood gets ahold of such material by hook or by crook.

(hover the curser over the image and use the zoom to see it properly).

https://www.dropbox.com/s/i4u35uny0qvzk4q/i-got-muted.jpg


Edit: damn you dropbox! You screwed with some of the colour tones! well, I'll upload another in pdf tomorrow - though too late for the contest
Post edited September 25, 2013 by Sachys
Perhaps last minute, and totally bereft of acceptable images.

http://youtu.be/HZZxO-H0iVw

I hope you find this acceptable.
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Sachys: Far too pushed for time to actually finish this so this is done with preliminary character sketches, vectored in PS way too rapidly and generally not very good. Also didnt even have time to start the 3d work.
Hopefully you get the idea of what happens when an industry like Holywood gets ahold of such material by hook or by crook.

(hover the curser over the image and use the zoom to see it properly).

https://www.dropbox.com/s/i4u35uny0qvzk4q/i-got-muted.jpg

Edit: damn you dropbox! You screwed with some of the colour tones! well, I'll upload another in pdf tomorrow - though too late for the contest
Great worksmenship man :) I had same time problem as you did, they could give it until this sunday. Oh well.

Nimdock looks like Mumbo Jumbo from "Teen Titans" (at least that was my first thought when I saw him) :D
Here's my submission!

My cast and crew are on the poster/in the billing block.

Awesome contest GOG!
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I don't really feel all that comfortable nor confident with my Photoshop skills, but I made this instead

youtube.com/watch?v=0335ICIpBfo&feature=youtu.be

I hope you guys enjoy it
I thought it would be appropriate here :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8yzK7bfVwI

I really like his remark about "forms follow function".
I also like his comment about parents vs. violence in computer games.
Althought it shows that adventure games wasn't popular in USA in comparison with Nintendo at the time. Exact opposite to what happen in Poland at the time.
Post edited September 25, 2013 by niedziak
My submission's a doozy :(

Chump at Photoshop, so I used black marker instead. For those who can't tell what it features (F@*#!), it's a russian doll with it's chest cracked open. Lying on either side is a fork and knife. The rag underneath's just for context. The russian doll represents both the remnants of humanity post-Cold War, as well as the symbolic relationship between AM and the last of the humans ala. painted arms instead of appendages. There's a bit more, but I think the more I blabber on, it'll probably mean that the work can't speak actually speak for itself.

If my hand was forced to choose a cast (I don't really know any russian actors), then I'd have to go with:

Gorrister - Hugo Weaving
Nimdok - Lance Henriksen
Ted - Cillian Murphy
Ellen - Zoe Saldano
Benny - Dean Norris/Michael Chiklis
AM - Mark Hamill (I could see a more sinister and calculating performance of his in Sushi Girl)

The slogan for the trailer would go something like: "The worst of humanity, endured for eternity".

The 2nd image works as a teaser. I liked the idea of breaking the word humanity in two with the AM logo.

Cool Comp :)
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posting!

according to my clock I have three minutes. so hopefully yours agrees. whoo.

was gonna sit this one out after not really getting to working on my entry. but I really wanted to put in an another entry so I did that up as I could. nice contest! really great turnout! I have seen a ton of great entries and I haven't even seen anything on the last 3 pages or so.
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ihnms.jpg (375 Kb)
Post edited September 25, 2013 by johnnygoging
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johnnygoging: posting!

according to my clock I have three minutes. so hopefully yours agrees. whoo.

was gonna sit this one out after not really getting to working on my entry. but I really wanted to put in an another entry so I did that up as I could. nice contest! really great turnout! I have seen a ton of great entries and I haven't even seen anything on the last 3 pages or so.
By clock at my work you made it by 1 minute margin :D
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johnnygoging: posting!

according to my clock I have three minutes. so hopefully yours agrees. whoo.

was gonna sit this one out after not really getting to working on my entry. but I really wanted to put in an another entry so I did that up as I could. nice contest! really great turnout! I have seen a ton of great entries and I haven't even seen anything on the last 3 pages or so.
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niedziak: By clock at my work you made it by 1 minute margin :D
Confirmation. Excellent.

It's like Homer with his last second tax return.

*does a Homer whoohoo*
Quick note: The submissions are now closed.

Thank you for all the *EXCELLENT* entries. We're proud to have such a brilliant creative community on GOG.com.

All the submissions will now be carefully reviewed and judged. The winners will be announced within 48 hours.
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niedziak: Nimdock looks like Mumbo Jumbo from "Teen Titans" (at least that was my first thought when I saw him) :D
Can't say I've ever bothered with Teen Titans, but presuming that character also looks like the sterotypical brain-scattered mad scientist, then job done! Heheh!
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G-Doc: All the submissions will now be carefully reviewed and judged. The winners will be announced within 48 hours.
Does this mean you're going to print them all out, tie them around darts and throw them at Judas who has been superglued to a merry go round?

If so, we want video!
Post edited September 25, 2013 by Sachys