Six new Twilight stories have been announced as part of the project entitled, The Storytellers: New Voices Of Twilight Saga.
Stephenie Meyer, the Twilight author who has previously written the four vampire-themed romance novels that blossomed into five fantasy films, helped to choose the winning short films.
The stipulations for the competition meant that not only could each of these script only focus on one character from The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, but each story had to be set before the character of Bella, who was played by Kristen Stewart in the films, arrived in Forks, Washington. The writers of these pieces also had to be at least 13-years-old and female.
So, who met the criteria?
The six winners were Sarah Boshear’s The Groundskeeper, Alana Smith’s Sunrise, Cullyn Doerfler’s Consumed, The Spear Sisters’ The Mary Alice Brandon File, Thea Green’s We’ve Met Before, and Lindsey Hancock Williamson’s Turncoats.
Sunrise’s protagonist will be the vampire Benjamin, Consumed’s will be the Volturi guard, Jane, Turncoats’ will be Edward’s adoptive father, Carlisle Cullen, while all three of The Groundskeeper, The Mary Alice Brandon File, and We’ve Met Before’s will revolve around Alice Cullen, who was played by Ashley Greene in the Twilight film series.
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Now that these screenplays have been selected, the next task for The Storyteller: New Voices Of The Twilight Saga is to find the female filmmakers who will oversee the production of these pieces.
These six individuals will be selected after they’ve created pitches for how they would direct and produce one of the winning screenplays. If they are lucky enough to be selected, then they will be given $50,000 to create their films.
Each of these scripts were chosen by a panel of people that included Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate, Women in Film, Facebook, and Volvo. These companies have banded together to fund the productions, and when the directors have finally finished their 5-10 minute films, they will be then be released on Facebook.
Discussing her reasons for assisting this once in a lifetime prize, Stephenie Meyer explained that she wanted to see how fans would add to her literary world.
“One of my favorite things about my time with Twilight was the creativity of the fans. I loved their additions to my imaginary world, especially their visual artistry.”
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