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Miguel is a Colombian Film Director, creature designer, and cinematographer with over 15 years of experience working in some of the industry's most awarded VFX studios including Digital Domain, Phil Tippett Studios, and Rhythm Hues.

Miguel and his company half M.T studios have brought to life characters and creatures in many Hollywood blockbusters including Thor, The Mist, Underworld, A Night at the Museum, Godzilla 2, and Krampus. Working with his partner Tran Ma, he had his own "Home Made" directorial debut with the wondrous Short film "The Green Ruby Pumpkin." His follow up Short The Ningyo has won over 35 international film festival awards and has been picked up by Thunder Road Films for development as a feature film.

When he is not filming Miguel is a professor at Gnomon School of VFX in Hollywood California. You can view his work here.


Sep 30 to Nov 15, 2019

If you're into horror, suspense, and dark drama, it’s time to unleash your filmmaking skills.

Here's the deal. It's 4am. Something’s behind the door. But what is it exactly? A bloodthirsty zombie, monster, an invisible entity, a chainsaw-wielding clown, or something entirely off the wall?

It's up to you to use sound, lighting, and killer direction to build ominous tension and execute a hair-raising reveal, all within 60 seconds. A scream from your audience is good. Nightmares—better.

You've got free reign to get creative, so tap into animation, VFX, costume design, whatever it takes to make the audience jump.

We're offering up over $10K in gear for the winners, an online course at Gnomon - the world-renowned school of visual effects, plus 12 months access to their professional training platform – so get crazy and show off your best work!



  • 40% Innovation and suspense - The scene needs to build. The more tension, the better the set-up for the reveal.
  • 20% Cinematography - Remember it's 4 am. Use lighting thoughtfully, and think about the use of emotionally-charged colors.
  • 20% Performances/ Casting - Performance is crucial to believability, especially if you’re creating a supernatural environment.
  • 20% Editing & Post - VFX or animation are optional. What's important is your edit and post-production add to the overall story.


  1. Sign up for COLLECTIVE today (if you haven’t already)
  2. Download the entry pack
  3. Get out there and make your film
  4. Post your entry on Instagram, tag @collective_hq, @lacie_tech, @the_ningyo and #BehindTheDoor
  5. Come back to this page and follow the instructions to submit your entry

Behind-The-Scenes Prize: As you’re creating your #Behind The Door Challenge submission, show us what you’re up to by posting BTS content to your Instagram account for a chance at winning the BTS prize. You can use Instagram posts, stories or IGTV, just remember to tag @collective_hq, @lacie_tech, @the_ningyo, #contest and #BehindTheDoor.

Miguel and Sara will announce the #BehindTheDoor prize winners exclusively on the COLLECTIVE YouTube channel so make sure to subscribe now to find out first!



Grand Prize Winner (1 winner)

  • Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
  • Rode NTG-3 Recording Bundle
  • Aputure light panel
  • Zakuto Indie Recoil
  • LaCie 2big Dock 20TB
  • Gnomon School of VFX Online Class (1 class, valued $1,300)
  • DJI Mavic 2 Pro
  • Atmos Ninja V5 Recording Monitor
  • LaCie® DJI Copilot 2TB
  • 12-month subscription to the Gnomon Workshop professional training platform (valued $490)

Runner-up Prizes (2 winners)

  • LaCie® DJI Copilot 2TB
  • DJI Osmo Mobile 2
  • X-Rite i1 Display Pro

Behind-The-Scenes Prize (1 winner)

  • LaCie DJI Copilot


  • 30 Sep
  • 04 Nov
  • 05 Nov
  • 15 Nov
  • Contest open
  • Contest closes
  • Judging begins
  • Winner announced
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Grand Prize Winner and Runners Up Prize Categories:

  • Entries must be submitted to COLLECTIVE before 23:59 PST on November 4, 2019.
  • Entrants are only eligible to win one prize regardless of their number of entries.
  • Entries should be no longer than 60 seconds
  • Entries will not be eligible unless we, at our sole discretion, determine the entry was produced during the contest submission window.
  • The judges will review eligible submissions and select Grand Prize and Runners-Up Prize Winners.
  • Eligible Countries: US, Canada (excluding Quebec), UK, Australia, Germany, France, and the Netherlands (we’re working with our legal team to make future COLLECTIVE contests available in more countries).

Behind-The-Scenes Prize Category:

  • To be eligible for the Behind-The-Scenes (BTS) Prize, entrants must post an Instagram Story of the behind-the-scenes created in connection with your submission. Just remember to tag @collective_hq, @lacie_tech, @ the_ningyo and #BehindTheDoor.
  • The Instagram Story must feature photos and/or videos and must be posted during the entry period.
  • Entrants must tag @collective_hq, @lacie_tech, @the_ningyo, #BehindTheDoor and #contest in your Instagram Story
  • Entrants must submit an eligible Behind The Door Challenge entry (per the contest rules) in order to be eligible for the BTS prize.
  • Entrants may upload multiple Instagram stories meeting the above requirements and tags but will be eligible for only one (1) BTS Category entry.
  • There will be one (1) winner of the BTS prize.
  • The winner of the BTS prize will be selected at random by an independent judging panel from a list of eligible entrants, through a sweepstake draw.
  • Entrants can only win one prize (i.e. entrants cannot win the Grand Prize and the BTS prize). Grand Prize and Runners Up prizes will be selected first, then the BTS prize winner will be drawn from remaining eligible submissions.
  • Entries will not be eligible unless we, at our sole discretion, determine the entry was produced during the contest submission window and in connection with the Behind The Door Challenge entry.


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