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.