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: The Bourne Trilogy (Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass) 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?
The aim of the workshop is to equip filmmakers with a detailed understanding of the principles involved in developing a screenplay in the Thriller genre.
Participants are expected to have either attended our 3-day Advanced Development Workshop or read Screenwriting Unchained, as this 2-day module is based on the innovative Story-Type Method® introduced in the book/main workshop.
Using clips, examples and detailed case studies from films such as Misery, Room, Minority Report, Tell No One, Se7en, Gravity, Victoria, The Silence of the Lambs, 24, The Next Three Days, Taken, Falling Down, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Children of Men, The Fugitive, One-Hour Photo, Black Swan, Hidden, The Wages of Fear, Heat, The Raid, Jagged Edge, Mute Witness, Date Night, The Bourne Trilogy, Zero Dark Thirty, Fatal Attraction, Insomnia, Breakdown, Enemy of the State, The Terminator, Collateral, Jaws, Prisoners, 127 Hours, The Game, All The President’s Men, Saving Private Ryan, North by Northwest, The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, Memento, Children of Men, Face/Off, Single White Female, Dead Calm, Speed, High Noon, The Matrix, Cape Fear (1962), and many others, we’ll look at the storytelling tools and techniques needed to master this very popular genre.
ACE - Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (F)
Cologne International Film school - Production department (G)
Cornwall Film (UK)
Creative England (UK)
Ealing Studios (UK)
FAS / Screen Training Ireland (IR)
Film I Väst - SVT - Svenska Filminstitutet (SW)
FilmLab Norge (NW)
Ideal Audience / Kaleo Films (F)
Jim Henson's Creature Shop (UK)
Media Desk Galway (IR)
Medienboard Berlin Brandebourg (G)
Mitteldeutsche MedienForderung (G)
Pipedream Pictures (UK)
Screen West Midlands (UK)
Swedish Film Institute (SW)
UK Film Council - Development Fund (UK)
Zephyr Films (UK)