Mastering Genre: The Thriller Screenplay - Raindance Toronto


Mastering Genre: The Thriller Screenplay Toronto

Date: Tuesday January 26, 7-10pm EST
Location: Online Only

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At a glance

The Art & Craft of the Thriller

That shiver… That tingle up your spine… The unbearable tension as the unthinkable closes in on you. The thriller has long been one of the most reliably profitable and successful movie genres of all time and has launched or elevated the careers of countless revered directors.

Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days, Christopher Nolan’s Memento, the Coen Brothers’ Blood Simple, Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs

From Psycho to Se7en… from Silence of the Lambs to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo… when a thriller captures the public imagination, the result can be box-office gold and career-making (or redefining) success for all involved.

Micro-budget-friendly, not always needing “name actors” to find success, often requiring few special effects or demanding locations, the thriller can be an aspiring screenwriter or filmmaker’s best friend.

But what drives the popularity of thrillers? What makes thriller screenplays work? And how do you create the next breakthrough thriller hit?

Whether you stick to the conventions or bend them, your ability to write a thriller  screenplay that sells requires a deep understanding of the style and structure of the genre as a foundation to make your script exceptional.

This evening class is available separately or as part of the Mastering Genre Workshop Series.

What you’ll learn:

  • Explain and demystify what “genre” is and what exactly makes a story “genre?”
  • Defining the thriller genre and its many related blended and sub-genres
  • Structural and story conventions of thriller genre scripts
  • Style and thematic conventions of thriller 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.

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

Mastering Genre Workshops: | Mastering Horror  | Mastering Thriller  | Mastering Sci-Fi

About the instructor, Randall C Willis

Randall C willis

Randall C Willis is an award-winning screenwriter based in Toronto. Randall is part of the writing team that produced the sketch comedy TV special Some TV!, and co-wrote several theatrical comedy shows staged across Toronto. Randall’s specialty is story and his ability to help writers develop both their ideas and their unique voices. He has brought those skills to bear with the Austin Film Festival, where he has served as Second Round Reader, and more recently, in his story analysis business So, What’s Your Story?

Mastering Genre Workshops: | Mastering Horror  | Mastering Thriller  | Mastering Sci-Fi


Did you know?

  • Raindance is Europe’s largest independent film festival
  • This class is free for Raindance Higher Education students – book a free 1-1 tutorial Here
  • Raindance members get a 20% discount on this class. Join HERE and start saving today.
  • Raindance does not teach filmmaking. Raindance makes filmmakers.

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