At A Glance
- Welcome to Raindance Lockdown Sessions
- Enjoy professional film education wherever you are
- An hour of short sharp advice from a leading professional
From Rear Window to Gravity to Knives Out, single (or limited) location whodunnits will always be classics (and cheap to produce!) Use your coronavirus stay-at-home time to kick start your next mystery, thriller or suspense!
Who is the session for?
Writers currently stuck in a single location
What you will learn?
- How to create a containment situation to build maximum suspense.
- How to populate your single location with the perfect characters.
- How to fashion the most perplexing clues, evidence, and forensic details.
- 11 Top crime/mystery story types & how to choose the best one for you!
About the tutor
Jennifer Dornbush – is a screenwriter, author, international speaker and forensic specialist. As she says, “I grew up around death”.
The television or movie screen is the closest most people will ever come to witnessing the forensic world. But Jennifer was raised in it. As the daughter of a small town medical examiner whose office was in their home. There were body parts in the fridge. She investigated her first fatality, an airplane crash, when she was 8 years old, picking up pieces of skull with her father who simply saw it as an anatomy lesson. The first of many coroner lessons she experienced over two decades.
After exploring journalism and high school teaching, Jennifer turned seriously to screenwriting where she began to connect her coroner world to her writing. She sought out a degree at the Forensic Science Academy in Los Angeles to gain more forensic training and earned a unique kinship with LA’s top CSIs, fingerprint specialists, DNA scientists, and detectives.
To share her love of forensics with the writing world, she authored the top selling non-fiction authoritative book, Forensic Speak, used by not only by show-runners and writers, but also crime investigators and law enforcement.
She created an Amazon top selling mystery novel series, The Coroner’s Daughter. The first book in the series, The Coroner, was released in 2018. The second in the series, Secret Remains, was released January, 2020. She is developing the series for TV.
She wrote the theatrically released film and novel, God Bless the Broken Road (2018). She has developed a TV crime drama series with Echo Lake and Hoplite Entertainment. She also adapted a popular YA novel to script, and sold a children’s show.
As a forensic consultant, she is frequently asked to consult with TV writers on shows such as: Bull, Conviction, Hawaii Five-O, Leverage, Suits, and Rectify. She teaches screenwriting and mentors aspiring writers.
Jennifer is a member of the Writers’ Guild of America, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, & FBI Citizen’s Academy Alumni.
And she has a great sense of humour.