Movie genre is one of the most crucial tools for filmmakers.
As well helping audiences to identify the films they’ll enjoy and financiers and
distributors to estimate the potential popularity of projects, it gives filmmakers
starting points for new stories and ways to devise narratives which mix the familiar
with the new and startling.
Many writers don’t realise that the ‘serious social drama’ they’re working on could be transformed into something much more memorable, original (and saleable) with a deeper understanding of genre.
The Movie Genre Foundation Workshop will supercharge your grasp of genre, showing how a full understanding of the concept can make stories stand out from the crowd and become truly cinematic.
Raindance is proud to present the Movie Genre Foundation Certificate. In these five evening classes with experienced tutor Ian Long. Together, you’ll explore the ways that you can use and combine genres to bring freshness and power to your stories.
The classes can be taken individually or can be taken together at a saving of 20%.
They will also be available live online.
About the tutor
Ian Long is a script writer, editor and teacher. He has presented screenwriting workshops at the BFI, Central Film School, London Screenwriters’ Festival, and at film Festivals in Finland, Latvia, Belfast, Dublin, and for Euroscript. He began his career as a graphic artist, and still does a lot of drawing.
He is Euroscript’s Head of Consultancy.
Movie Genre 1: Making Genre Work For You, February 26th 2018
This movie genre workshop will show how the ‘mask’ of genre can transform stories and themes, bringing out their latent qualities and making them attractive to producers and audiences.
We’ll see how identifying the appropriate genre for a story can be the crucial step towards getting it on screen; identify the themes and ideas that can benefit from various genre treatments; and demonstrate how genre can open up stories to wider audiences.
We’ll also see how a firm knowledge of pre-existing stories in a given genre is of vital help with the creation of new ones.
Movie Genre 2: Rite-of-Passage Stories: March 26th 2018
Our lives are a constant process of flux and change. As we move from one stage of life to another, we must cross certain boundaries and become different people, with new expectations and responsibilities. And each transition has its own particular rewards and dangers.
Many of the greatest stories zero in on these emotionally fraught times, showing what’s gained if we make the passage – and the disasters that can occur if we fail.
Because it crops up in so many types of story, looking at rite-of-passage in detail is a great way to understand how genres work, as each tackles the theme in its own distinctive way.
Movie Genre 3: Science Fiction April 23rd 2018
Science fiction is a sprawling mega-genre which continues to galvanise cinema.
Many of the most successful contemporary films are some variant of SF. But these stories don’t have to be cripplingly expensive! Contrary to general belief, there’s a great tradition of low-budget science fiction, which thrives on great ideas.
This workshop will show you how to make sense of a genre which includes so many and varied strands – post-apocalyptic stories, tales of robots and aliens, time-travel, smart drugs, etc – and suggest where you can find the novel ideas which are its stockin-trade, and which will challenge and entertain audiences.
Movie Genre 4: Horror May 21st 2018
Cinema is a way of accessing dream-states and seeing things which we couldn’t encounter in normal life: that’s one of its appeals.
By embodying our deepest fears, horror and supernatural films evoke a visceral response, tapping into both our dreams and our nightmares. Horror cuts to the chase, dealing with the primal issues that other types of story merely skate around.
For all these reasons, producers are keen to find good horror scripts. And as well as feature films, some of the most popular recent TV series have strong horror aspects (think of Hannibal, Being Human, Dexter, etc).
We’ll find out how to devise new variations on the characters, scenarios and ideas which comprise the genre.
Movie Genre 5: Thrillers and Neo Noir June 25th 2018
Do you find antiheroes and flawed, conflicted or damaged protagonists intriguing? Are you attracted to stories that resist the easy certainty of happy endings and neat resolutions? Do you suspect that human psychology is more twisted and disturbed than many people are willing to admit?
Then neo noir is probably the genre you should be writing.
Many of the best ‘thrillers’ (a catch-all term which needs to be broken down to make any real sense) are actually neo noirs – stories which take their themes from the classic noirs of the 40s and update them for a modern audience.
If you want to write a story that gets to the heart of the modern world’s darkness, you need to know about the principles of neo noir.
Who Should Attend
Writers, directors and producers seeking a deeper understanding of genre to make their scripts and films more saleable.
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