Friday, November 11, 2005


I'm pleased to officially announce that I'm embarking on a new project, to be released over the summer: a short film (five to seven minutes) based on part of my new novel, Shriek: An Afterword. The film will be based on the internet on the Shriek site (; the site will go live in January, with the film coming later) but also be featured nationally through various prominent online venues (more on that later).

Jonathan Edwards, who created the cover photography used for both the Pan Macmillan and TOR (US) versions of the novel, will put the film together from my script. Jonathan also did the cover designs for Leviathan 4 and Album Zutique. He will also be designing the Shriek web site.

I'm also pleased to be able to announce that one of my favorite bands, The Church, has agreed to do an original soundtrack for the film. Over the past 25 years, The Church have had countless hits--in their native Australia, Europe, and, of course, in the United States with "Under the Milky Way," among others. More importantly, the quality of their output has been stellar over their entire career. Since I wrote most of Shriek while listening to tracks from The Church's entire catalogue, I'm really thrilled they've committed to this project.

I don't have particulars yet on the form the film will take, but it will probably be a combination of still photography, animation, etc. There are several cool things Jonathan and I want to try out. There will also be a voice-over, although I'm still firming up who will do it. My hope is that the film will be first and foremost a self-contained work of art, and only secondly a tie-in to my novel.

This will be my first venture into film of any kind and I hope to use it as a launching pad to do longer indie film projects.

As I have more details, I'll make them known.



At 8:06 PM, Blogger Jason Erik Lundberg said...

Sounds like a cool venture, Jeff. Looking forward to it.

At 1:08 AM, Blogger Tessa said...

Oh hey! Tres fantastic! Hope you have ridiculous fun with it. :)

At 9:14 AM, Blogger Eric Marin said...

Very cool, Jeff. I hope you find the film development process fruitful and fun.

Oh, and I love the fact that the film will have a soundtrack by The Church.

At 7:55 AM, Blogger Joe Gordon said...

Sounds very interesting and a lot of fun, I'm looking forward to the full VanderMeer Automatic Multimedia Experience (VAME). Can the off-Broadway production of Ambergris the Musical be far behind? Will we yet see a large freshwater squid giving an acceptance speech for a Tony?

At 7:47 PM, Anonymous Vera Nazarian said...

Holy shit, that's awesome! I love The Church! :-) What an amazing project...

At 8:02 PM, Blogger Rajan said...

So that cat's finally out of the bag.

I'm reeally looking forward to this. Love The Church and love the idea of a short film to tie in to Shriek.

Here's hoping that this is only the start of a long line of Vanderfilms.

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