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Sweeney Todd Poster Contest by MelissaFindley Sweeney Todd Poster Contest by MelissaFindley
My humble submission for the Sweeney Todd Poster Contest.

I'm a long time fan of the musical, (I did a huge project on it for school some twelve years ago, and performed "A little priest" rather badly in drama class, along with a friend). I'm also a Tim Burton fan, and a Johnny Depp fan, and a Helena Bonham Carter fan... so the movie was sort of like a dream team come true. Participating in the contest seemed like a foregone conclusion.

I thought about painting this from scratch, which some of you might think is my only talent ;). But it IS a movie poster, and while a painted poster would be different, I didn't think it was appropriate.

Done in Adobe Photoshop CS2. All images are from the approved contest zip file. I somewhat recreated the logo: the logo was not included in the list of approved images, and I'd hate to be disqualified based on a technicality, so I stuck as close to it as I could... not having access to the official fonts, colors or vector files. I would think that it's possible they didn't want us to use it because they'd rather add it to whatever winning design gets published. That's fair enough. If (unlikely) mine were to win, I still have the .psd and can delete my logo version, if needed.

In my head, I called this poster "The Sharp Edge of Madness."

P.S. What do you know?... I can photomanip. :D
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SSJ4Truntanks Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
"At last my arm is complete again" Sweeney Todd.
SweeneyToddFan4 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I really really LOVE this picture. It is so amazing; you did a really great job! I love how it shows the center of everything for Sweeney is his "friends," but it shows the other characters in the shattered glass because they have so much of an impact on the plot and his life. The addition of him looking in the broken mirror in the background is amazing too - it shows the fact that he's not only blood-thristy, but also just plain sad ...I can't describe how much I freaking LOVE this picture! Lol it is my new favorite (: I want it as a huge poster on my wall more than anything!!!
JBWandANHforever Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
This is so amazing!
DeviantHuntress Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
OMG i live by that rule ^^
never forget ; never forgive
people that are forgiven just come back to back stab you >.<
a7xerfoREVer Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Unique poster! Me likes!
THEMADHATTER1995 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love it ^^
xticklemeemox6 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
LE GASP!!!!!!! this is amazing. i would vote for this in a poster contest =]
igikbuang Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
taga asa ka idol??
KitakLaw Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, this looks really epic - I kinda wish it WAS the actual movie poster!
wyndsaer Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
i Love it!
ToxicChick Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Hey if your a tim burton fan i would love for you to check out my group. Maybe join and submit your work? :D [link]
CobytheBest Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
Sweeny Todd is very nice film..I love Sweenyyyyy!!!!!!XD
AzurethePanda Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
B-Beautiful! ;w; Looks so professional!^^
carpenoctem410 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Student General Artist
Woohoo, another Tim-Helena-Johnny-combo lover! :heart:
poshangel95 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
this is freakin awesome!!!! <3
DreamDancer11 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
Wow, I LOVE this picture :)
I just watched the movie and in there is a scene in which Sweeney looks sadly into a broken mirror - I think your poster just fits perfectly to this image^^
And it's so well done :aww:
Frozen89 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
What's up with the anonymous quote..?
"Never forget, never forgive" ?
I know that Sweeney hadn't forgotten the things that did him wrong in the past and that he will never forgive them, but... That text simply doesn't fit in my opinion.

Nevertheless, a good edit for a poster. :thumbsup:
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's paraphrased from the (cut from the film version) song "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd"

"Lift your razor high!
Hear it singing!
Stick it in the rosy skin of righteousness!
His voice was soft, his manner mild.
He seldom laughed but he often smiled.
He'd seen how civilized men behaved.
He never forgot
and he never forgave.
Not Sweeney...
Not Sweeney Todd...
The Demon barber of Fleet Street"
DarkMindedRose Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
I would have to disagree.. The glass shards in my opinion are his memories as well as those who have done him wrong or are tied to his undoing.. so in conclusion, They are all those he will not forget..And ...will never forgive. Which is the whole reason for his madness.

Just my opinion :)
Frozen89 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
Did I say something about the glass shreds..?
DarkMindedRose Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
No. It was just my very round about way of tying the "Never Forget. Never Forgive." into the picture. Sorry :) I tend to be to confusing at times
SweetMusicToMyEyes Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
god i love this musical :blowkiss:
Silverstar24 Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
This has made me want to watch the film even more now.
TehEmmatureDoodlebug Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Professional Filmographer
*Explodes due to the brilliantness* WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!

If I didn't know better, I'd say it was an actual one! I bet if one of the poster creators for the film saw this they'd kick themselves! The shards of glass are a perfect touch! Instant fave :+fav:
xTutsiex Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
You did some graet job on this :clap: :clap: :)
Thao-TreeHugger Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008   Digital Artist
Love the movie and Love this.
sakuramustDIE Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
amazing, suprised this didnt win
DarkWingedWolf Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
WOWZZ That is very good! I like it!!! Nice Job!
Loyalpadme Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
That has go to be one of the most awsome fan made posters I have ever seen
Karatsuki Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
Very Well done.

Love the shattered glass with the images in them.

Cho-Hakkai-657 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
You know, if I didn't know any better.... I'd say that this was actually an official poster for the movie~
Awsome job~!
SporkyAtTehDisco Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
Amazing, I love it...
DeadlyDie Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Student Interface Designer
I like this much better than the ones that won. ^-^
PaStY911 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
I dont know who won the contest but I think this should have won if it didn't win.
It's amazing
JackNSallyGal Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007   Writer
oh I love this! I saw the movie yesteraand this part was amazing!
AntarcticDreamer Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Student General Artist
wow, really good poster for this
This is so awesome! Wonderful job! Would you allow me to use this picture in a Sweeney Todd video I'm making for Youtube?
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Professional General Artist
Normally, I probably wouldn't mind, but because the materials were provided to us for the contest only... I'd rather not.
No problem! Thanks! ^^
accentmarkd Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
well composed. The mirror is what makes this image interesting without feeling crowded. Great job
RivenLiether Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
This is awesome! Hope you win!
Caelicorn Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Do I get to vote for you? Where do I go?? where do I go??
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
I don't actually think it is up for public vote. Although I'm pleased enough, if you sort the entries by popularity for the month, I think mine comes up like fourth and Chris's fifth.
Caelicorn Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thats awesome :-)
Caelicorn Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Oh good luck for the competition! Now Christines latest deviation makes sense to me - I didnt know what it was lol!!

This is very dynamic and I think quite an original looking poster piece. I like the fragments flying around, they give it this air of violence.
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I wanted an air of violence. I also wanted a lot of sharp edges: shattered glass, razor blades, the blade of Johnny's nose... ;) I think I'm in love with his nose.

Sweeney is a little mad, and his world is being cut up into little pieces the more he loses it. There's also some strategic placement, eye-lines and stuff going on here to go along with the "Never Forget Never Forgive" tag line.
TNBCCBARTIST247 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2007  Student General Artist
Now that is an awesome entry you have here.:)
x-MissWonka-x Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
Amazing! I cannot wait to see that movie! That is definitely the best movie poster I've seen yet!
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
thank you!
psychohippie9 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007   Photographer
brilliant submission. love it.
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December 2, 2007
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