WRITING THE HEIST THRILLER
Many filmmakers have made their names with Heist thrillers - Quentin Tarrantino with Reservoir Dogs, for instance, or Stanley Kubrick with The Killing.
The futility of human plans is at the heart of Heist or Caper film.
In such stories we see a group of people creating a meticulous plan to do something (usually violent and criminal) which almost always goes wrong.
It’s a way of anatomising human motives and the problems which occur when people try to work towards a supposedly common goal. It speaks about the many ways in which plans can be thwarted. What causes problems to appear?
But the basic template of the Heist can be applied to many different scenarios. War films, comedies, stories about musical groups can all benefit from knowledge of this genre.
In Heist films, each character has a different personal agenda, a different reason for being involved. They are at varying stages of their lives, and their motives vary similarly: maybe they have a higher good in mind? Maybe they’re wholly selfish? Or something in between?
This workshop will take you through
You'll end it with comprehensive notes towards your own
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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. .