The Twilight film series, most well-known for flaunting Taylor Lautner’s shirtless body, Robert Patterson’s sparkling grin (and skin), and Kristen Stewart’s complete uselessness, is thankfully over. However, a new series of short films will be produced in partnership with Stephanie Meyer (the author of the original series), Lionsgate, and Facebook in an effort to promote female filmmakers and encourage women to make their mark on the industry.
The film series, called The Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga, is actually a competition which requires female filmmakers to develop and produce a short feature based on the characters that are so conveniently outlined and described within Meyer’s The Twilight Saga: An Illlustrated Guide. Said Meyer,
“The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I’ve worked in the film industry,” said Meyer. “I’m honored to be working with Women In Film, Lionsgate, and Facebook on a project dedicated to giving more women a chance to be heard creatively.”
Hopefully, those female voices will create films that don’t include ‘Chuckesmee‘, the incredibly creepy automaton that almost took Renesmee’s place in Breaking Dawn: Part 2. I mean, that thing would’ve given me nightmares, which is probably why it was substituted with the CG version.
The Perks of Associating with Twilight
While the glamour of making a Twilight film better than the actual Twilight films might seem look a good premise for even entering this contest, there’s more to the story. The top five shorts will be financed through production advances, and one grand prize winner will be selected by fans. This top winner will be given a cash prize and the chance to advance within the filmmaking community. Judges will include Meyer, Kristen Stewart, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Lee, Catherine Hardwicke, Julie Bowen, and Women In Film President Cathy Shulman.
This social media project looks like the best possible way for Twilight not to remain in everyone’s heads (except maybe those die hard teenage fangirls) as the lifeless, yet sparkly lump of vampire blasphemy to ever hit the big screen. The comment made by Owen Gleiberman that Edward Cullen is no better than a stalker, which sparked feminist criticism, got to those associated with Twilight and sparked the flames of proving that women can be empowered.
This project looks to be the upcoming future of the Twilight saga and a good way to promote the role of women in the modern filmmaking industry. It’s sure to play a big role in advancing women in the film industry and diversifying Hollywood as we know it.