Horror doesn't exist in a no-go zone of its own, railed off from the preoccupations of other stories.
In fact Horror shares themes with just about every other genre. It's about love, change, politics, fear, loss, hope and rage - or, at least, it can be. It can (and must?) contain humour and poignancy.
And it frequently reaches very wide audiences.
(Nearly all the popular, well-reviewed "break-out" movies from non-English speaking countries are Horror films. Think of ORPHANAGE, UNDER THE SHADOW, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, TROLLHUNTER, etc.).
By making our fears concrete, Horror can intensify the visual and cinematic quality of stories, increasing their stakes, heightening their emotions and giving opportunities for strong audience engagement.
Writers and filmmakers can use Horror to talk about all the things that interest them. But they can do it in truly cinematic ways that have great creative potential and a prospect of communicating to big audiences.
This is because Horror embodies its ideas rather than just talking around them. Instead of making gestures towards rage or grief, it creates beings made from those emotions.
The workshop will help you think through the genre in fresh and creative ways, opening up your work to new possibilities.
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:
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.
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."
New Prospect House
8 Leake Street
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DATE AND TIME
Friday July 12
Registration - 10.00am
Workshop - 10.15am - 5.30pm
EVENT CAPACITY: 15
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 bring your membership card for registration.
Standard price: £99
Concessionary price: £85
BECTU members price: £75
Email or phone: 020 8455 6166
Ian is a writer, script editor and story consultant whose recent writing projects include an epic animated feature developed with premier animator Gabriele Zucchelli, which is currently in development.
He has worked as a consultant for the UK Film Council's Premiere and New Cinema Funds, the First Film Foundation, the Script Factory and many other bodies and producers. He is currently developing a supernatural feature to be shot on location in rural Italy.
Ian heads Euroscript's Consultancy services and teaches the workshops Creating Fear in Films, Writing Science Fiction, Writing Horror Now, Neo-Noir and the Dark Thriller, and a course in Script Reading and Assessment.
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