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Horror Conventions: What Makes a Scary Movie

At a Glance

  • During this webinar you’ll learn how to Master the full range of Scary Movie conventions, both old and new
  • You’ll increase your understanding of how Scary Movie Conventions are used to create a truly terrifying experience for the audience
  • create a truly terrifying experience for the audience • You’ll learn how Filmmakers in various Sub-genres have employed and transformed Horror Conventions to elevate their own movies to classic status

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

From the earliest days of cinema filmmakers have explored the emotion of fear. Along the way they’ve developed Horror Conventions—the “rules of fear”—that have come down to us in the present day. Over the decades, new horror genres have emerged, from the Slasher Film to the “Found Footage” Genre, each one bringing its own new set of Conventions that create an unspoken language of expectation between the filmmaker and the audience.

From the slow-moving monster that always overtakes the rapidly-fleeing victim, to the group of friends that always seem to “split up” to conduct a search with inevitably lethal results, to the camera that never runs out of power in the Found Footage movie, Horror Conventions seem to transcend logic. How do these Horror Movie Conventions develop? What dramatic and emotional purpose do they serve? Most importantly, why do audiences so eagerly accept them?  

This webinar, taught by horror pro Neal Marshall Stevens (13 Ghosts, Hellraiser:Deader), will explore the uses of Horror Movie Conventions, from their origins in the early days of the Scary Movie, showing how they’ve developed historically, how new Horror Conventions have emerged, and how the screenwriter can use Horror Conventions, both to meet the expectations of the audience, but also to turn those expectations upside down.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • What is a Horror Movie Convention?
  • How a screenwriter can master the “Rules of Fear”
  • The Origin of Horror Movie Conventions
  • How Screenwriters use and misuse Conventions  
  • How a screenwriter can use Horror Movie Conventions to connect to the audience
  • Horror Movie Conventions and sub-genres
  • The difference between conventions and clichés

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Writers who are want to learn more about the Horror Conventions
  • Writers who want to learn more about the fundamentals of Screenwriting
  • Writers who want to understand how and why scary movies work
  • Writers who want a better chance at getting their Horror screenplays sold
  • Writers who need help realizing their ideas in the Horror/Paranormal Genre
  • Writers looking to expand their writing tool kit
  • Writers looking to master the “Art of the Scare” in fields outside of Horror
  • Writers who want to challenge themselves

Product Details

  • Date available: 09/10/2014
  • Publication date: 09/10/2014
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

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Meet the Author: Neal Marshall Stevens

Neal Marshall Stevens has been a working professional in the motion picture and television industry for over twenty-five years, getting his start writing multiple episodes and serving as the creative consultant/story editor for Laurel Entertainment on their syndicated anthology series, Monsters (1988-1990).

Subsequently, Neal worked extensively in the field of Direct-to-Video features, mostly for Charles Band’s Full Moon Entertainment where, under the house pseudonym Benjamin Carr and other names, he contributed to well over twenty-five DTV features in a variety of genres, ranging from Horror to Science Fiction to Children’s Fantasy including s...

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