If you’ve always dreamed of designing the opening credits for a television show, A&E has the opportunity of a lifetime for you. The network, along with executive producer Carlton Cuse, has launched a contest for the creation of the title sequence for the upcoming Psycho prequel, Bates Motel.

Cuse and A&E announced the contest today, which will run through the show’s Facebook page. It invites aspiring designers to submit their ideas in video format, and judges will select the one that the feel best represents the show’s mood and tone. The title sequence for the series is expected to be 15 seconds in length, and Cuse wants it to have certain mood that fits the thriller, and not a slasher film one either:
"We want to give fans the chance to participate in the show,” said Cuse. "We're looking for an awesome fifteen-second title sequence that captures the feel of Bates Motel -- not as a slasher/horror show, but as a complex, character-based thriller."

Bates Motel stars Freddie Highmore as the young Norman Bates, the man who would later become the serial killer in Hitchcock’s famous film. The series looks at his complex relationship with his mother, played by Vera Farmiga, and explores the formative years that turned him into a psychotic killer. A&E sent the project straight to series back in the summer, and plans to premiere it in 2013.

The contest is open to anyone aged 18 or over. Contest entries will be accepted from today until January 3rd, which gives all you creative types a little less than a month to put your entry together and get it in. Check out the teasers and photos from the new show for some inspiration, and good luck!

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