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Official Zombieworld 2 Contest! Call for Entries!

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Zombieworld 2

Back in 2014 we partnered with Ruthless Pictures on an experiment we called Zombieworld. You see, one of the most frustrating things about what we collectively do is we see all these really cool short films that end up living and then dying quietly online. The plan? Collect the best zombie-themed shorts we could via a submission process and wrap them all up in a neat bloody bow.

Zombieworld, while not for everyone, was very successful; and several of the filmmakers whose work we showcased went on to make more films, including Dead Rush, which was recently acquired by Sony Pictures for release next year. Can lightning strike twice? Could you be the next filmmaker to be discovered? Use your short film for what it was supposed to be, your calling card, and let’s find out!

Have a zombie-themed short you need to get out there? Show it to us!

Zombieworld 2

Send us your entry via the form you see below with a private link or the actual HD file of your film. From there both Ruthless Pictures and Dread Central staff will watch the films and select the best of the best to be included in the project, and selected winners will also nab themselves $100 in the process and a lot more. But what if your film is the best of the best? Well then, not only will you be included in the anthology, we’ll also hand over to you a check for $1,000.

Things to Keep in Mind When Submitting

  • There is no cost to submit your film.
  • We will be accepting digital files (uploaded private Vimeo and/or YouTube links are welcome).
  • If your film is chosen, you will be required to provide an HD File.
  • Films should be between 5 and 15 minutes long.
  • By submitting your film, you must guarantee that it is your own fully licensed original work (i.e., music rights, etc.).
  • By submitting your film, you will also guarantee that no laws were broken during the filming and making of it (i.e., no animals or people were jeopardized or harmed).
  • Submissions will be accepted beginning October 21, 2016, through January 31, 2017. Winners will be announced on Dread Central in February.
  • By submitting your film, you grant us the right to use any footage from the preview screener and all submitted publicity photos and any other materials sent to us pertaining to this entry for the project’s promotional purposes, without limitations.
  • Check out terms and conditions BELOW for full contest rules. 

    That’s it, kids! Get to it, and good luck!

    Fill out my webform.

    Dread Central/Ruthless Pictures Zombieworld 2 Short Film
    Competition Terms, Conditions, and Contest Rules
    Any questions please write to: zombieworld2@dreadcentralpresents.com

    Definitions. Capitalized words used herein have the following meanings:

  • “Company” means Ruthless Pictures, LLC (“Zombieworld 2” or “Dread Central”)
  • “Entrant” means an individual who has validly registered to take part in the competition.
  • “Film” or “short” means a film which an Entrant sends to the Zombieworld email address zombieworld2@dreadcentralpresents.com.
  • “Terms and Conditions” means these Terms and Conditions.

Posting Conditions.
In order to post a Film for the Zombieworld 2 Director Competition, the following must be adhered to:

  • Entrant must enter valid contact details.
  • Entrant must accept these Terms and Conditions and agree to be bound by them.
  • Entrant must first upload your short to Vimeo™ or Youtube™ and then link to the Official Zombieworld email address zombieworld2@dreadcentralpresents.com.
  • Entrant must not upload any film which contains third party copyrighted material unless you have obtained prior written approval for your use of same.
  • Entrant must not upload any Film which contains branded segments unless you have obtained prior written approval for your use of same.
  • Entrant must keep your Film between (5) minutes and (20) minutes in length.
  • Entrant film should be full frame 16×9
  • Entrant must make sure to have everybody who appears recognizably in your film execute a talent release form
  • Entrant must make sure all music and songs are cleared for use within this competition by the appropriate parties.
  • Entrant must be of legal age in the jurisdiction in which they live.

At the Companies’ direction, entrant maybe asked to deliver a HD version to the Ruthless Pictures office. Entrant must note that your content may become the exclusive property in perpetuity of Ruthless Pictures, LLC, if Ruthless Pictures/Dread Central notifies you by email that you are a winner in the competition.

Content Review.
By uploading a Film, you agree that:

  • The Company has the absolute right to review and reject at any time any short Film which Company deems, in its sole and absolute discretion, is unacceptable.
  • You understand that Company is not required to give any reason for its determination that a Film is unacceptable.

    Rights.
  • By uploading a Film, you are not transferring any rights of ownership in the Film to Company or any other third party.
  • Members of the public may view Films posted to the Dread Central or Ruthless Pictures website
  • After uploading a Film, you are not restricted in your use of the Film and may continue to exhibit it in other venues and online
  • The eventual winners will be announced February 2017 and his/her short will be included in the Zombieworld 2 feature film.
  • By uploading your Film, and in consideration for Company agreeing to accept your Film in this competition, you are granting Company an exclusive and irrevocable option to acquire all the rights in your Film should it win the competition. The Company may exercise its option at any time it chooses within 3 months of the end of the competition by notifying you by email. On exercise of the option and payment of a one-off payment of USD$100, the Company shall become the owner in perpetuity of your Film and shall be entitled (but not obligated) to include the Film in the Company’s production “Zombieworld 2”.
  • Grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and have their film included in the Zombieworld 2 feature film.
  • If your Film is selected as the winner of the competition you agree to participate in reasonable publicity and promotional activities as required by Company and agree that the Company may publish your name and biographical information via the Company’s website and any other media. If your Film is included in the Company’s production “Zombieworld 2” you agree that the Company is entitled to publish your name, appearance, and biographical details in connection with the Film.
  • If your Film is selected as one of the winners of the competition, you agree, if required by the Company, to enter into a director agreement or similar in connection with your participation in the Company’s film on the usual terms and conditions applying to such agreements.

Your Representations and Warranties.
You represent and warrant that you have the full right and authority to upload and send your Film to the Zombieworld email address zombieworld2@dreadcentralpresents.com and that the posting of same will not violate any rights of any persons.

Indemnity.
You hereby agree to defend, indemnify and hold Company harmless if Company incurs any loss, cost, or expense (including attorneys’ fees), due to any claim by you or any other parties relating to the submission of your film or the posting of your Film on the Dread Central official website.

Notices.
All notices shall be in writing and shall be delivered by e-mail to each party’s last known email address.

Entire Agreement.
These Terms and Conditions and the other items referred to herein represent the complete agreement of the parties relating to the subject matter hereof.

Amendment.
The Company reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions at any time by posting notice thereof on its website. Upon posting, the amended Terms and Conditions and the other items referred to herein shall represent the complete agreement of the parties relating to the subject matter hereof.

Governing Law.
These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of the United States of America.

Disclaimer.
It is possible that Films which you submit may be downloaded or copied by third parties without Company’s permission, and you waive any claim against the Company for such actions.

Further Actions.
You agree to execute any and all documents and take any other actions reasonably required to effectuate the purposes of these Terms and Conditions. You grant us a power of attorney for such purposes (it being acknowledged that such appointment is irrevocable and coupled with an interest) with full power of substitution and delegation if you fail to do so within five (5) business days of our written request.

Execution.
By clicking the “I Agree” check box and submitting the form above, you are “signing” these Terms and Conditions for all purposes under applicable law.

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See the Zombies’ End Preview Released Today

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Do you have an idea about how a zombie apocalypse would end?

The standard story lines from movies, TV, and comics tell us defeating the zombie horde would take either guns and bombs or antidotes and vaccines.

How about a living head in a bucket that sinks deep within his own mind, talks to Death in a tuxedo, and uncovers an uncanny solution?

Zombies' End graphic novel by Gary Scott Beatty
If you’re reading Zombies’ End, the 56-page graphic novel I’m Kickstarting through February 16, 2018, you know the answer. I’m not known for telling simple stories.

We’ve just released a free preview of Zombies’ End that you can read or download here. You can look for the zombie solution there, there are clues, but I’m being tight-lipped about that detail. We’ll see how well I keep the secret through February 16th.

Zombies' End graphic novel by Gary Scott Beatty

Readers will recognize our hero from the Wounds graphic novel I released last year. That story took place inside the hero’s mind. Trauma and isolation caused him to construct different scenarios, and we readers were left to piece together the past and present — just like the hero was doing.

The format of Zombie’s End is meant to complement 2017’s Wounds graphic novel, but they don’t have to be read together. Both are stand-alone stories, but they read as Part 1 and Part 2.

Zombies’ End is in the real world, mostly. Just like in Wounds, the hero’s head holds answers.

Zombies' End graphic novel by Gary Scott Beatty

In Zombies’ End, a living head in a bucket and his zombie daughter, who are said to hold the key to mankind’s survival, are transported by three brave soldiers through the apocalypse.

As the head struggles to maintain sanity and focus, he realizes his disjointed visions are not entirely unreal and must convince mankind that the solution to this zombie horror will be more extraordinary than anyone imagines.

Zombies' End graphic novel by Gary Scott Beatty

The cover blurb reads, “Mankind forever changed.” I realize all zombie stories say that, but it’s an understatement for Wounds. There is absolutely no going back from the solution at the end of this book.

The Kickstarter for this graphic novel runs January 16 through February 16, 2018. Join us in this madness at ZombiesEnd.com. Bring imagination. It’s going to take both muscle and brainpower to take us to zombies’ end.

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More Horror TV in the Works: The Butcher on Crackle and The Demons of Dorian Gunn on Pop

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“TV” doesn’t just mean the typical broadcast networks we all grew up watching anymore; now there are outlets with snappy names like Crackle and Pop (sorry, couldn’t resist), and over the last couple of days both of them have announced new horror projects in the works.

Read on for the early details on Pop’s supernatural comedy pilot “The Demons of Dorian Gunn” and Crackle’s “The Butcher,” both of which were announced during the Television Critics Association’s Winter 2018 Press Tour and have some very familiar names behind them.

About “The Demons of Dorian Gunn”:
Pop’s new supernatural comedy pilot “The Demons of Dorian Gunn,” executive produced by Krysten Ritter (“Breaking Bad,” “Jessica Jones”) and JAX Media, will star Jeffery Self (“Search Party”), Chrissie Fit (Pitch Perfect 2/3), H. Jon Benjamin (“Archer”), Lateefah Holder (“Disjointed,” “Transparent”), and Kyle Harris (“Stitchers,” “High Maintenance”).

Written by Evan Greenspoon and Brandon Scott Jones (“Upright Citizens Brigade”), “The Demons of Dorian Gunn” follows disgraced New York socialite Dorian Gunn, who discovers he’s descended from a long line of demon hunters and is forced to abandon his life of leisure to protect humanity from monsters as they emerge from the gates of hell.

Pilot production for the series kicks off this month in New York City.

Jeffrey Self stars as antihero Dorian Gunn. After the mysterious death of his parents, Dorian’s gluttonous life as a celebutante has been in a downward spiral plagued with booze-filled antics that threaten his status with the family business. Although he desperately just wants to be a B-list celebrity, Dorian soon realizes his privileged life is going to become a bit more complicated by the fact he’s a Guardian destined to protect the world from demons.

Chrissie Fit stars as Leonie Crofton-Sears, Dorian’s mortal frenemy. Best friends since childhood, Leonie is the charming, trendy, and charismatic older sister Dorian wished he always had. She seems lovely until you remember those are also the traits of a sociopath. Leonie soon realizes she, too, comes from a magical linage – the cruel catch, she’s Dorian’s evil counterpart destined to bring demons through the Gate that Dorian is meant to defend.

H. Jon Benjamin plays Wormwood, a demon tasked with maintaining the balance of good and evil by overseeing the Guardians sworn to protect the living from demonic forces. Albeit begrudgingly, Wormwood serves as a guide to help Dorian and the other Guardians fulfill their destinies, proving good and evil are not always black and white.

Lateefah Holder stars as the straight shooter Amy Bugda, Dorian’s court-appointed addiction sponsor who quickly becomes his indispensable right-hand woman. Her moral compass rarely points in the wrong direction, so demon hunter or no, Dorian’s sobriety will not go unchecked. Her inability to stray from a righteous path can be frustrating at times, but her kind heart makes her a breath of fresh air.

Kyle Harris stars as Trip Chapman, the embodiment of white privilege. A filthy-rich, power-hungry 20-something-year-old, he was recently appointed acting executive director of the Greenwich Club by his ailing father. With this title, Trip is now guarding the one gate Dorian, Leonie, and their wealthy cohorts desperately want to enter.

“The Demons of Dorian Gunn” is written by Evan Greenspoon and Brandon Scott Jones and executive produced by Tony Hernandez and Lilly Burns of JAX Media, Kara Welker of Generate, and actor Krysten Ritter through her production company Silent Machine. John Skidmore serves as producer. Mike Poisson and Peggy Cheng from Silent Machine serve as co-executive producers. Pop is a joint venture of CBS Corporation and Lionsgate.

About “The Butcher”:
Crackle, Sony Pictures Television Networks’ free ad-supported streaming network, has announced plans to partner with award-winning producers Douglas Urbanski and Gary Oldman of Flying Studio Pictures on the original drama “The Butcher.”

Written by Charles Burmeister (Columbus Day), “The Butcher” is a modern story of one man’s epic investigation to find, hunt down, and kill a serial killer who lives among us — someone who is very human, but also beyond human. Along the way the story’s hero, a hardened Los Angeles homicide detective named Mitch Dixon, must uncover the mystery of who The Butcher is, how he operates, and come to terms with the unbelievable truth — that he has discovered the key to immortality, the price of which is consuming human flesh.

In a joint statement, Urbanski and Oldman said: “We are incredibly pleased to be working with the wonderful creative team at Crackle on this unusual and hopefully gripping and creepy show as part of our effort to expand our creative energies beyond motion pictures and into the land of streaming television. ‘The Butcher’ marks our first step in bringing entertainment directly into our homes, and we could not be happier with the collaboration.”

Eric Berger, GM of Crackle and CDO, Sony Pictures Television Networks, added: “Viewers are obsessed with the supernatural; and we see an opportunity, in partnership with Gary, Douglas, and Charles, to introduce fans to a new kind of narrative around the genre. It’s a privilege to work with some of the best in the business, and we look forward to working closely with such an incredibly talented team in the months ahead.”

The two also recently partnered on a series of vampire novels from Simon & Schuster/Atria.

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Sad and shocking news has come in from the music world as Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, has been found dead at the all too young age of just 46.

According to the Associated Press, the singer’s publicist, Lindsey Holmes, confirmed she died in London, where she was recording. “No further details are available at this time,” Holmes said, adding that the singer’s family was “devastated” by the news.

London’s Metropolitan Police were summoned to a hotel just after 9:00 AM today. As of now her death is classified as “unexplained.”

During her career, O’Riordan provided music for the short film Z, Birdemic: Shock and Terror, Evilenko, and many more films and television projects. We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to extend our sincerest of condolences to Dolores’ family members, friends, and constituents.

If you, if you could return. Don’t let it burn. Don’t let it fade.

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