Horror is a genre where many superstars behind and in front of the camera get their start. James Cameron, Frances Ford Coppola, James Gunn, and Steven Spielberg all had genre credits to their names before they entered into the mainstream. And that list proves to only keep growing now that Shudder, the horror streaming video service backed by AMC Networks, has launched Shudder Labs, an intimate and immersive workshop for aspiring genre filmmakers.
Kicking off this June, the experience will include workshops on directing, writing, and makeup effects, as well as guest lectures and keynotes. The first Shudder Lab will last for six days and take place in New York. Graduates from the program will earn the title of Shudder Fellow as well as a $5,000 grant in addition to a year long mentorship from select Masters in Residence.
Shudder curator Sam Zimmerman recently expressed his enthusiasm for the inaugural venture, saying, “We are honored and excited to confirm a commitment to emerging talents as they embrace filmmaking in the most thrilling and subversive of genres.”
Sound good to you, horror friends? Here’s how you apply: Shudder Labs is now open to filmmakers who have produced at least one short film or micro-budget feature. Ten participants from across the U.S. will be selected at the end of April. Further details on the program and application can be found at labs.shudder.com.
Shudder is, of course, the most diabolical premium streaming video service, serving horror fans with curated worldwide programming ranging from hard-to-find independent fare to cult grindhouse classics to Hollywood blockbusters. For more information about a subscription to the service, visit their website.
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