The movie industry has proven that trailers are a great way to get people excited about a story, so it's no surprise to see the books world take a page from Hollywood, and create video clips to entice potential readers.
And now, Amazon Studios is giving filmmakers a chance to create the official book trailer for a chilling new horror novel, Seed, and win $3,000. The fan favorite will receive a $500 Amazon gift card, and 10 runners up will receive copies of the book signed by the author, Ania Ahlborn.
"I'm so excited about this opportunity and I can't wait to see what you come up with," said Ahlborn, who found the "dirty magic" of the rural South inspiring. "Swaying moss hanging off of the branches of an ancient oak, a dilapidated swamp shack falling half-way into the water, the hum of locusts, the smell of algae, the sticky heat "” all of these things play into the tone of the book."
Trailers have been a part of the Amazon Studios experience since the movies and series development site first launched in November 2010. This isn't Amazon Studios' first trailer contest, but it is the first trailer contest focused on a book rather than a movie script.
Seed is the story of a man who miraculously survives a violent car crash only to face a profound evil from his past "” a dark force hungry for his angelic youngest daughter. Of course, the book is available at Amazon, but Ahlborn has created materials to guide anyone interested in making a trailer: a description of the tone of her work as well as a detailed synopsis of the story. These are available at Amazon Studios.
- The deadline for entry is Aug. 31, 2012.
- Trailers should be between 30 seconds and 90 seconds long.
- Entries can employ live action, animation, or even a text-driven approach.
- A successful book trailer will convey the dark and chilling atmosphere and tone of the book, while also communicating key plot points and/or introducing key characters.
Check out Ahlborn's note to would-be trailer-makers.
Learn more about Amazon Studios.