CREATING HORROR FOR CURRENT AUDIENCES
Horror gives writers and filmmakers great creative potential. We can cut to the chase, dealing with deep, primal issues that other types of story merely skate around.
Now is an exciting time to be writing this genre: producers are keen to find good, original scripts with horror elements.
A 'horror' aspect can intensify stories which might otherwise lack cinematic interest, increasing their stakes, heightening their emotions and opening up visual possibilities.
This workshop will help you think through the genre in new and creative ways, and open up your work to fresh possibilities.
As well as feature films and novels, some of the most popular recent TV series have strong horror aspects (think of Hannibal, Being Human, Dexter, etc).
We'll look for new variations on the characters, scenarios and ideas which constitute the genre.
Your projects. You’ll end the day with a sheaf of self-generated ideas to use in your original horror scripts.
Some of the areas we'll cover:
Analysing 'Beats': We'll look deeply into the plot beats of contemporary horror and see how its stories are constructed.
Blending Genres. Many genres have taken on horror elements. We'll investigate ways of making something new from the "blending" process.
Human Monsters. Following on from this, we'll look at ways in which non-supernatural figures can carry a horrific charge.
Tone and Style. Two overlooked methods of creating new story
The Undead. A horror staple, whether in the form of vampires or zombies. But how can we find novel twists on these archetypal figures?
Stimulating clips. We’ll watch clips illustrating key ideas, inspiring you to come up with your own variations.
Humans Need Horror. At root, it seems we need the things that horror offers us. We'll ponder some of the reasons why.
AFTER THE WORKSHOP - A FACEBOOK GROUP
It seems artificial that like-minded people should gather for one day and then disperse, so I will be organising a Facebook group to continue sharing information, clips and ideas, and letting us know about each others' projects.
Friday 1 June 2018
17 Dornfell St
London NW6 1QN
West Hampstead Overground
West Hampstead Thameslink
West Hampstead Underground
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Workshop Starts: 10.30am
Workshop Ends: 5.30pm
EARLY BIRD PRICE - book before April 1st
£85 (£75 concession)
FULL PRICE (after April 1st)
£99 (concessions £89)
We offer the lower rate to all concession-holders and to members of these affiliated organisations. If you are a member, please book at the concessionary rate and show me your membership card at registration.
Email or phone: 020 8455 6166
Ian Long is a screenwriter, script editor and teacher. He is a Board Member of Euroscript, and has presented his workshops at the British Film Institute, London Screenwriters' Festival, Tampere Film Festival (Finland), Belfast's Cinemagic Film Festival, the Walthamstow Film Festival, and for Euroscript.