Tuesday, 19 June 2012

The Stupidly Huge Giveaway

In honour of the people who have liked my work, and to celebrate the imminent release of King of Thorns I have decided to do a stupidly huge giveaway.

Item 1 - a 14" x 10" x 1/2" canvas-on-frame print of the King of Thorns map.

Item 2 - a 15oz mug sporting the Prince of Thorns and King of Thorns covers on opposite sides.

Item 3 - A signed trade paperback Prince of Thorns (white cover) (a present for a loved one?)

Item 4 - A signed mass market paperback (black cover) (your stunt copy?)

Item 5 - A hardback mint condition A Dance With Dragons, signed and dated by GRRM (I love the series but I have a copy and I'm not a book collector)

Item 6 (not shown) - A signed, dated, doodled copy of King of Thorns (these regularly sell for £60/$90 on the site I do them for)

And all this can be yours if you win the competition!





Competition Rules:

To enter IDEALLY you need to make a video (camera phone is fine) of you, or you and a friend, or you and several friends, reading &/or acting out any scene or page from Prince of Thorns. The scene should be more than 20 seconds and less than 3 minutes. Puppets, claymation, lego, plush toys etc are all also valid actors.

HOWEVER - The deafening silence has spooked me into declaring that absolutely ANYTHING is a valid entry for this contest. Photo of your granny? Fine. Poem you wrote when you were 6? Sure. Interesting rock that looks a bit like an apple? Go for it. All entries will be subject to a vote. Winner takes all (excepting the bonus prizes). Mail me the thing &/or link to it and you're in.

There may not be many entries. It's possible you could win by reading 20 seconds' worth of page 1 with a bag on your head.

There may be several entries. It's possible the winner will have three friends with plastic swords doing the Chella-Nuban-Jorg scene in French accents.

All entries will be put on display and voted on. The winner gets the prize. There may be consolation prizes.

To enter - send me your entry or a link to it. If you're sending it to me it needs to be less than 20 megabytes. (empire_of_thorns@yahoo.co.uk)


Go for it! Have fun! Don't leave me with zero entries or ... I'll look like Billy NoMates.

Entries by July 10th please.

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Here's an example of the staggeringly high production values we at TSHG demand:


video


or try here if blogspot denies you:
http://princeofthorns.com/casting.avi

31 comments:

  1. now all I have to do is find a camera phone.... and a friend

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    1. you don't even need a friend - you could solo it, or use a stuffed toy for character #2, or amaze us with your claymation skills, or your ability to substitute pickle jars for characters, or simply go Gollum on us.

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    2. How did you know about my collection of pickle jars... and I have had an urge to go gollum for some time now.. I'll see what I can do

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  2. That sounds so interesting and fun that I'm going to give it a try even though I haven't read the book yet! I'll try to find a solo or duo scene and give it a modern (or maybe post-) surrealistic feel to it! :D

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    1. yay! here's my effort from while back :D http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/13338582/prince-of-thorns-the-movie

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  3. It seems like I need to consult my brother for a camera. :D

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  4. It seems I should have a think on this. Use of toddler and baby or cats may be involved, as I'm about as photogenic (camera-genic?) as a potato!

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    1. ... you could use a potato?

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    2. Brilliant!! Guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend ;-)

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  5. Ugh. I have a face for radio. And a voice for silent movies. I've little chance.

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    1. Don't discount the pity vote! This is a competition where the public decides. They may punish competence.

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  6. Dude, that coffee mug looks absurdly large.

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    1. Technically it's a bucket with the handle on the side.

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  7. Mark, I've seen plenty of contests in my time but yours is truly the most unique, now I'll just have to figure out which bloody scene to portray :)

    Deb

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  8. Brilliant!! Mark, I adore you. :)

    I wonder how many seconds of video my cheapy digital camera can take? Cuz I totes want that gallon sized coffee jug.

    Also, I am in possession of a photogenic yam, a plush powerpuff girl, and a few cans of tomatoes.

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  9. Too bad we can't get a large group together at a Renaissance Faire to film a scene. Maybe even just a 3 minute long shot. I might give this a try but no eureka moments yet!

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    1. paraphrasing and parodies are fine. Could do entire-book-in-2-minutes. A straight reading. A reading while balancing on a tightrope... the world is your lobster.

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    2. You're so enjoying this whole idea, aren't you, Mark?

      I'll see what I can come up with and even if it is worth filming! I can't wait to see what people are going to do.

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  10. I look forward to see the results. I'm stupid when it comes to cameras.

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  11. As English is not my mothertounge I'm moe likel to do nothing but wait for the results to judge, but it sure would be awesome to win and get all the items ... I almost had a heart attack! They are so ... Without words!

    Julia

    PS: Is it okay if I read something in my language? Or does it have to be in english? Is painting okay too?

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    1. Julia - at this point with no entries absolutely anything is acceptable as an entry. A picture of your cat could win the goodies! Please enter. Please. Did I mention please? :) You could be the only entrant and win by default!

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    2. Is it okay if I read my favourite parts of the book without anything else? ... Does it really have to be a video, because ... well ... I DO NOT like to be on that particular side of the camera ... I have a great Idea ... I make a clip with a stickman, is this okay?

      Julia

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  12. Wow, if only I was creative. I'm going to have to enter this anyway. If I won I wouldn't have to buy that doodled KoT to go with my PoT :-D

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  13. What if it is longer than 3 minutes?

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    1. as long as you have a link to it & it's less than 30 hours that'll be fine :)

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  14. Okay! WE're in! You'll get our link or I'll carry the shame with me my whole life ... and I have a bad back ...

    Wait for it! I promise if it's just half as good as we imagine it, it would be mindblowing for our standards!!!

    JULIA

    PS: I want to win the Item 6. If the video is longer than 3 min. I can still win it, can I?

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    1. If you win you'll win all the items, #6 included! And yes, the time limit is merely advisory now.

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  15. Two vids sent Mark, want me to post the youtube url's here?
    and does the prize include the mirror..?
    lol!
    MattG

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  16. Just going to casually spam all outlets with my entry in the hopes that it is accepted. *fingers crossed*

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXCZs0bmbXo

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  17. I just sent you my entry but I'll post it here just in case...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/82278322@N03/7539770932/in/photostream

    -Rachel

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