Mastering Genre: The Horror Screenplay

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Mastering Genre Storytelling for Screenwriters & Filmmakers

Horror has consistently been one of the most profitable and successful movie genres of all time, and many emerging filmmakers feel it’s a good genre to cut their teeth on — especially as a genre to write for micro-budget. But what makes horror screenplays work? And how do you create the next great horror hit?

This one-evening course — part of the Mastering Genre series — provides an overview of genre and helps you understand the conventions and tropes of specific genre storytelling. Whether you stick to the conventions or bend them, your ability to write a horror screenplay that sells requires a deep understanding of the style and structure of the genre as a foundation to make your script exceptional.

What you’ll learn:

  • Explain and demystify what “genre” is and what exactly makes a story “genre?”
  • Defining the horror genre and its many sub-genres
  • Structural and story conventions of horror genre scripts
  • Style and thematic conventions of horror genre scripts
  • How and where to bend and play with these conventions in the script
  • How understanding “genre” can enable you to improve not just your storytelling but your chances for success

In this fun, high-energy seminar, award-winning playwright and screenwriter Todd McGinnis will also show you how to identify the audience you want and how to write and create for that audience.

Whether your passion is to create an award-winning short film, the next viral web series or feature screen gem, this master class will help provide a road map for your script.

About the Instructor

todd mcginnisTodd McGinnis is an award-winning professional playwright, actor and screenwriter. He has worked as a script/story consultant and penned several screenplays as a writer-for-hire, including most recently The Never Man and Dirty Diamonds. His plays and monologues have been performed throughout North America, the UK and Australia, and he has worked for more than 20 years in most aspects of stage and screen production, learning the art and craft of storytelling from every possible angle. In 2016 Blur which he co-scripted for Director George D’Amato, premiered at Cinequest, took a Best Film award at Manhattan Film Festival, and screened at Raindance UK and Worldwide Berlin. His short film Shelly directed by Eric Johnson (The Knick, Fifty Shades Darker) took Audience Favorite at Toronto’s 48 Hour Film Competition. His online home is www.playingafterdark.com.


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