St. Martin’s Press and Talenthouse are inviting amateur filmmakers to produce a short horror book trailer for Snowblind, the highly anticipated novel by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden, and the judges include some very familiar names. Read on for the details.
The winning trailer will be heavily promoted and used as part of an integrated marketing and advertising campaign for the book and will also receive a consultation with one or more of the judges to discuss their work.
Helping St. Martin’s Press judge the entries are: author Christopher Golden, Frank Darabont (Academy Award-nominated director and writer of The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist; creator of the AMC series “The Walking Dead”), David S. Goyer (writer of Blade; teamed with Christopher Nolan on the screenplays for The Dark Knight Trilogy; also scripted Man of Steel and created the Starz TV series “Da Vinci’s Demons”), Don Murphy (producer of Natural Born Killers, the Transformers series, Real Steel, and the upcoming Vampire Academy), and Stephen Susco (writer of The Grudge, The Grudge 2, The Possession, and Texas Chainsaw 3D).
Your trailer should be a one-minute video with audio, and in addition to the winner picked by the judges, there will be a “People’s Choice,” who will receive a copy of Snowblind personally signed by one or more of the guest judges.
Here’s all the other pertinent info:
Submit by: January 6, 2014
Voting is open: January 7-20, 2014
Winner(s) Announced: January 21, 2014
All phases close at 10am PT
Visit Talenthouse.com to review the guidelines and submit your video. Good luck!
In Christopher Golden’s first horror novel in more than a decade–a work reminiscent of early Stephen King–Snowblind updates the ghost story for the modern age.
The small New England town of Coventry had weathered a thousand blizzards… but never one like this. Icy figures danced in the wind and gazed through children’s windows with soul-chilling eyes. People wandered into the whiteout and were never seen again. Families were torn apart, and the town would never be the same.
Now, as a new storm approaches twelve years later, the folks of Coventry are haunted by the memories of that dreadful blizzard and those who were lost in the snow. Photographer Jake Schapiro mourns his little brother, Isaac, even as–tonight–another little boy is missing. Mechanic and part-time thief Doug Manning’s life has been forever scarred by the mysterious death of his wife, Cherie, and now he’s starting over with another woman and more ambitious crimes. Police detective Joe Keenan has never been the same since that night, when he failed to save the life of a young boy and the boy’s father vanished in the storm only feet away. And all the way on the other side of the country, Miri Ristani receives a phone call… from a man who died twelve years ago.
As old ghosts trickle back, this new storm will prove to be even more terrifying than the last.
Spellbinding in scope and rooted deeply in classic storytelling, Christopher Golden has written a chilling masterpiece that is the best work of his career and a standout supernatural thriller. With richly textured characters, scarred and haunted by the ghosts of those they loved most, Snowblind is rooted deeply in classic storytelling. Christopher Golden has written a chilling masterpiece that is both his breakout book and a standout supernatural thriller.
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