This workshop covers the following topics:
- Writing a thriller with the Story-Type Method: Structural tips and advice
- Thriller Subgenres: What do they all have in common?
- How to use story-types and Maslow in a thriller
- Developing a Plot-Led Thriller
- Case Study: Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón) or Minority Report (Steven Spielberg)
- Developing a Character-Led Thriller
- Case study: Falling Down (Joel Schumacher) or The Girl on the Train (Tate Taylor)
- Developing a Theme-Led Thriller
- Case study: Traffic (Steven Soderbergh)
- Developing a Thriller as a Hybrid or an Exception
- Case studies: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (Curtis Hanson), Memento (Christopher Nolan) and Gone Girl (David Fincher)
What's in it for you?
Feeling bored, confused or constrained by the old paradigms? Yet you’d like to write a tightly structured thriller that sells? You’ve come to the right place!
Based on the innovative Story-Type Method®, this two-day workshop explores essential tools for developing a successful thriller, either for Film or TV.
For example, we'll explain how Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs applies to thrillers specifically. We’ll explore the many sub-genres, as well as one of the most important aspects of thriller writing, which is the management of information / audience POV through the use of mystery, surprise and dramatic irony. To write a great thriller, it’s essential to be aware of the difference between a whodunit and a suspense story. We’ll also discuss Cold Starts and Encore Twists, which are often used in this popular genre.
From creating edge-of-the-seat tension to crafting a satisfying ending, your thriller writing skills will greatly improve with a clearer understanding of these tools.
Using clips, examples and detailed case studies from successful thrillers such as Misery, Minority Report, Se7en, Gravity, The Silence of the Lambs, Taken, Falling Down, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Children of Men, The Fugitive, Hidden, Heat, Mute Witness, The Bourne Trilogy, Breakdown, Jaws, North by Northwest, Memento and many others, we’ll look at the storytelling tools and techniques needed to master this very popular genre.
ACE Producers (NL)
Cologne International Film school - Production department (G)
Creative Europe Ireland
Creative Europe Belgium
Ealing Studios (UK)
FAS / Screen Training Ireland
Film I Väst - Svenska Filminstitutet (SE)
FilmLab Norge (NW)
Film Kolevtiv (CZ)
Ideal Audience / Kaleo Films (F)
Jim Henson's Creature Shop (UK)
Media Desk Galway (IR)
Medienboard Berlin Brandebourg (G)
Mitteldeutsche MedienForderung (G)
NEM Zagreb (CR)
Pipedream Pictures (UK)
Screen Skills Ireland
Screen West Midlands (UK)
Swedish Film Institute (SE)
UK Film Council - Development Fund (UK)
Zephyr Films (UK)