STUDENTS have picked up an international award for a movie-style book trailer produced to promote the launch of a new novel by an acclaimed North East author.
The Sunderland University students, who set up their own production company called Contrapunto, won bronze at the prestigious 33rd Annual Telly Awards, which attracted nearly 11,000 entries from around the world.
Contrapunto was commissioned in September last year to produce a trailer for an upcoming novel, The Zombie Room, a psychological thriller written by Newcastle author, R.D. Ronald.
Filming took place across Tyneside with a cast made up of performing arts students, friends and family. The trailer was released last month. Contrapunto is one of the first production companies in the United Kingdom to produce a cinematic book trailer. They’re are a current phenomenon in the United States and just being introduced in the UK.
Producer Amy Swan said: “Working on The Zombie Room book trailer has been an invaluable experience for us and we are all extremely proud of the final product.
“The dedication from the actors and crew has been astonishing.
“As a new company, and soon-to-be graduates, winning this award can be nothing, but positive for us all and I look forward to our future.”
R.D. Ronald added: “I approached Sunderland to help with the project because of the university’s reputation as being one of the best in the business, and I am delighted with the results.
“It’s fantastic that all of the hard work and combined efforts have already been recognised by an international award committee. A huge pat on the back for the crew and everyone else involved.” A panel of more than 500 accomplished industry professionals judged the awards.
“The Telly Awards has a mission to honour the very best in film and video,” said its executive director Linda Day.
“Contrapunto’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft, and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”
The Zombie Room publishers, Book Guild, are also impressed with the results of the trailer.
Laura Lockington, director of marketing and publicity at Book Guild Publishing, said: “A very urban, cutting edge, professional trailer.
“It sums up the book very well. There has already been interest in major film companies with this title and I can quite see why.”
The Zombie Room is due out in July and is available to pre-order now from book shops and online.
To view the trailer on Contrapunto’s website, click the following link: http://www.contrapunto.co.uk/
To watch an interview with director Adam Gerber and Josh Rafé Coles go to http://bit.ly/HP4lPP