Legendary Entertainment are collaborating with YouTube Space and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro to give the next generation of horror movie makers a chance at their big break. The contest is going under the banner of YouTube Space House of Horrors A Legendary Halloween, the prize to creators of the short film deemed the best will be a development deal with Legendary. This phenomenal prize will see the winner develop their short film into a web series or potentially a feature.
Before you start digging out your camcorders in the hope of kickstarting a career in movies, there are some stipulations. In order to enter, your YouTube channel needs to have a minimum of 10,000 subscribers and you’ll need to be part of the YouTube Partner Program. Currently, YouTube Spaces are available in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and in November a new location opens up in New York City. Starting from September 22nd, those that meet the criteria will be able to use one of these spaces to create a short film. Each of the locations will house sets inspired by the films of Guillermo del Toro, these include a creepy library, a spooky garden and an abandoned solarium. In addition to the cinematic sets the participants will also get full use of the camera and post-production equipment.
“I think it is important to find new voices in the genre. Horror is such a unique way to express yourself at the most revealing, intimate levels — it can come from anywhere: domestic stories, historical research, the world news — it surrounds us and speaks through us. This is a great channel to see reveal fresh perspectives. Legendary’s Halloween and YouTube are perfect homes for them.” - Guillermo del Toro
After an absence from the genre to make the likes of Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro returned to horror on the small screen with the squeamishly enjoyable FX series The Strain. The acclaimed filmmaker is staying with horror as his long awaited Crimson Peak is due for release October next year. For more details about YouTube Space House of Horrors A Legendary Halloween, check out the video below with Guillermo del Toro explaining it all.