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Guillermo Del Toro wants YOU to scare him with your short this Halloween

September 3rd, 2014 by Marc Comments

Guillermo Del Toro, Legendary Pictures and YouTube want to be scared. Petrified. Terrified. By you this Halloween.

Yes, the man behind the Hellboy movies, Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone has teamed up with YouTube and Legendary to set up an opportunity for you guys to do your damnedest to get under his skin.

According to Variety: “The companies have collaborated on YouTube Space House of Horrors: A Legendary Halloween for which Guillermo Del Toro will advise YouTubers as they create short horror films before selecting a winner who will receive a development deal with Legendary.

“Starting Sept. 22, individuals with channels on YouTube will get the chance to use one of the the company’s YouTube Spaces to produce a horror short they’ve written.

“Each location will provide sets inspired by Del Toro’s films, including a great room from an old manor house lined with walls of books; a sinister staircase and Gothic windows that lead out to a haunted garden; a room filled with exotic and occult artifacts from around the world; an abandoned solarium cluttered with over-grown plants, birdcages and weathered tools; and a claustrophobic attic with foreboding art, dusty mirrors and a hidden trap door. All of the sets are designed to be connected and make up the rooms of one house.”

So, what do you do? “Well: YouTube Spaces currently exist in Los Angeles, London and Tokyo, with a location in New York City about to open in November. The Halloween event will still utilize that space, and give creators a sneak peek at the production facility.

“Individuals with channels on YouTube that have at least 10,000 subscribers, and are part of the YouTube Partner Program, get to film in the production facilities and use its cameras and editing equipment for free. Over 3,000 videos have been produced at the L.A. space alone from around 500 channels.

“For the Halloween contest, DelToro will select the scariest videos to come out of each region and provide a personal rough-cut creative consultation with the creators.”

YouTubers have until Oct. 27 to produce their films.

Once produced, the shorts will stream on each creator’s YouTube channels, the YouTube Spaces channel, as well as Legendary’s YouTube channel and be promoted on social media platforms when the videos become available between Oct. 21 and Halloween.

The winning creator will work with Legendary to develop the short into a digital series or feature-length film.

So, think you have what it takes? Then get pen to paper and start working… there could be a big-screen version in the near future.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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