Every day, we're one day closer to the new "Twilight" mini-movies, but today feels like we're much, much closer to them. The next step in "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer's "The Storytellers - New Voices of the Twilight Saga" contest has come to a close, and we now have six emerging female directors to match the six stories that were announced in February.
Here, in a message from Meyer herself, find out who will helm the six mini-movies, as well as the next part of the contest.
When we first began discussing ideas for "The Storytellers — New Voices of The Twilight Saga," we expected that we would see great things; I knew that both within the Twilight fandom and within the female filmmaking community there was great talent. In reality, the incredible offering of creativity and skill that we’ve seen has exceeded all our expectations, from the screenplay outlines to the screenplays themselves and now the Directors' pitches. We had an extremely difficult task narrowing the choices down to just five directors — the task actually turned out to be impossible. We were not able to narrow it down to five finalists. We had to go with SIX.
I’m thrilled to announce our six winning Directors for "The Storytellers — New Voices of The Twilight Saga" presented by Volvo Cars. Here they are (in no particular order):
-Kailey & Sam Spear for "The Mary Alice Brandon File"
-Maja Fernqvist for "Consumed"
-Lindsey Hancock Williamson for "Turncoats"
-Amanda Tasse for "Sunrise"
-Nicole Eckenroad for "The Groundskeeper"
-Yulin Kuang for "We’ve Met Before"
Congratulations to each of you! It has been amazing to see your fantastic pitches and hear the excitement you have for visually retelling these stories. All of us involved in this contest, both judges and fans, cannot wait to see your realized visions.
For those of you who were not chosen, please know that it was a bitter thing to have to pass on your pitches. There were so many fascinating viewpoints we badly wanted to experience in their final form. We would like to encourage you to participate as a Wild Card entry, and show us your vision. You could still win the big prize. To paraphrase Principal Skinner, “Prove us wrong, kids. Prove us wrong.”
I’d also like to thank all of the fans who have been engaging and participating along the way. You guys are the best. And this leads me to my next exciting announcement…
The most important part of the Twilight universe has always been its fans. We want to give you a chance to be even more involved in The Storytellers contest. We will be picking Fan Correspondents to cover the filming of the short films from a Twilight fan’s perspective! That means we need you! To learn more about how you can be involved go to http://bit.ly/TwilightFan, for full rules and details. We’ll see you on set!
Interestingly, Kailey and Sam Spear also wrote "The Mary Alice Brandon File," and Lindsey Hancock Williamson also penned the winning screenplay for "Turncoats."
In this video, the directors introduce themselves and give a taste of what their finished films will look like:
If you weren't chosen as a director, there's still hope! Did you notice that next stage of the contest that Meyer mentioned up there? Not only is there still time to enter the The Storytellers contest as a Wildcard entry, you can also enter to become a Fan Correspondent on the set of the mini-movies.
As if being chosen to direct one of the all-new shorts wasn't enough, one winning filmmaker will also receive a new Volvo XC90 Hybrid SUV. If you're not handy with a camera, don't worry, you can still win too! By voting in the contest, you enter the "The Storytellers: New Voices of the Twilights Series Drive to Dream Sweepstakes," and will have the chance to win a new Volvo XC60 Crossover.
On top of that, Volvo is awarding up to 13 more monthly winners a "Twilight" swag bag and Harman Kardon Soho Wireless Headphones or Soundsticks Wireless Home Speakers. For more details on the contest and ways to win, visit this website.