CREATING HORROR FOR CURRENT AUDIENCES
This workshop will help you think through the horror genre in new and creative ways, and open up your work to fresh possibilities.
Horror allows screenwriters, novelists and filmmakers to cut to the chase, dealing with deep, primal issues that other types of story merely skate around.
A 'horror' aspect can intensify stories which might otherwise lack cinematic interest, increasing their stakes, heightening their emotions and opening up visual possibilities.
Producers are always keen to find original scripts with horror elements: as well as feature films, 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.
FEEDBACK FROM STUDENTS
"Profound and detailed investigation into horror and storytelling. Very interesting and unusual take on the subject."
"The information provided and Ian's thoughts really opened my eyes ... brilliant, I am leaving with 6 or 7 workable ideas."
"A great workshop, wonderful tutor, an enjoyable and insightful foray into the deep disturbances of the horror genre."
"A very useful way to learn about key areas and current horror tropes."
Some of the areas we'll cover:
Emotions. A crucial element of all stories, but we'll look deeply into the specific ways that emotions work in horror.
Political Horror. How we can use the genre to comment on social and political issues.
Blending Genres. Unlikely genres can provide inspiration for horror. We'll look at ways of making something new from the "blending" process.
Human Monsters. 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; but how can we find novel twists on these archetypal figures?
Humans Need Horror. At root, it seems we need the things that horror offers us. We'll ponder some of the reasons why.
Stimulating clips. We’ll watch clips illustrating key ideas, inspiring you to come up with your own variations.
AFTER THE WORKSHOP - A FACEBOOK GROUP
We'll be organising a closed Facebook group after the workshop so that we can continue sharing information, clips and ideas, and letting us know about each others' projects.
Monday July 9
New Prospect House
8 Leake Street
London SE1 7NN
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Workshop Starts: 10.15am
Workshop Ends: 5.00pm
BECTU MEMBERS' PRICE
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.
BECTU and Prospect members receive an extra concession as the workshop is taking place on their premises.
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.