Sunderland media students help bring zombie book to life

Members of a film crew who have created a film stryle trailer for a new book, The Zombie Room written by Author Richard Ronald, and is now to be show at a US media festival. The film crew are all media students from Sunderland University and now have formed their own production company on Wearside.  Pictured is author Richard Ronald (white top), Producer - Amy Swan (green top), Camera - Marie Ferrie (girl black top), Sound - Josh Coles (blonde hair),  Director - Adam Gerber (check shirt), Ass Director - Luke Garnham (dark shirt) and Editor - Lewis Bonner (cream top). #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia

Members of a film crew who have created a film stryle trailer for a new book, The Zombie Room written by Author Richard Ronald, and is now to be show at a US media festival. The film crew are all media students from Sunderland University and now have formed their own production company on Wearside. Pictured is author Richard Ronald (white top), Producer - Amy Swan (green top), Camera - Marie Ferrie (girl black top), Sound - Josh Coles (blonde hair), Director - Adam Gerber (check shirt), Ass Director - Luke Garnham (dark shirt) and Editor - Lewis Bonner (cream top). #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia

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MEDIA students are celebrating picking up an international award for their movie-style book trailer.

The final year University of Sunderland students, who set up their own production company called Contrapunto, were honoured at the prestigious 33rd Annual Telly Awards.

Their bronze award was for a trailer produced to launch the book, The Zombie Room, by North East author, Richard Ronald.

The Telly Awards, which showcase the best work of advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world, attracted nearly 11,000 international entries.

A phenomenon in America, book trailers have only just been introduced into the UK, with many publishers promoting books through visual means.

Amy Swan, Contrapunto producer, said: “Working on The Zombie Room book trailer was an invaluable experience for us and we are all extremely proud of the final product. The dedication from the actors and crew was 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.”

Author Richard said: “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.”

To produce the trailer, the team had to source more than 30 actors and 20 locations across the North East, as well as creating props and costumes which would highlight the book’s plot, without giving away too much of the story.

The trailer also forms part of the students’ final year projects for their degree courses.

The team is also hoping to pick up another award at this year’s International Movie Trailer Festival Awards, providing a platform to get their work showcased to a global audience.

The Zombie Room is due to be released in July and anyone who would like to watch the trailer should visit www.contrapunto.co.uk

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