Writing and Selling Thriller Screenplays with Lucy V Hay (Nov 28th and 29th)

with Lucy V Hay

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The Thriller consistently remains the easiest genre to get your first big production credit on, both in film and on TV.

Thrillers also remain one of the most popular genres for audiences. But… it’s also one of the most misunderstood genres in the spec script pile. All too often writers end up writing a ‘drama … with a bit of action’, or worse, they can end up recycling stories that have already been told.

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In this intensive two day genre workshop, Lucy V Hay brings to bear her experience as producer on two features films, a decade of script editing and her analytical insight as the author of ‘Writing and Selling Thriller Screenplays’.

We will also explore in detail the sub and cross genres, the structure, the dramatic context, the conventions, the characters, the clichés and MORE…

When: Sat 28th – Sun 29th November 2015
Where: Ealing Studios, Ealing W5 5EP
How much: £139

Key elements of this course will include:

  • WHO the target audiences are for your stories and concepts
  • WHAT “flight to fight” means for your thriller
  • WHERE the distinction between “small” and “big” lies and which you should write
  • WHEN to use a deadline in your story to make your Thriller “a race against time”
  • WHY the lone protagonist is so frequently the focus of the thriller

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During the class we will work directly on your story, your pitch and help focus and fine tune it through feedback.

We’ll also be covering:

  • Identifying marketable concepts and spinning a unique view of our own
  • Loglines and pitching
  • How to make your thriller screenplay a page-turner
  • How to make your thriller visual to the reader and producer
  • The lone protagonist versus the group
  • Avoiding cliché characterisation
  • The differences between genres that appear like ‘thrillers’ but are not
  • How to avoid making your script seem like a theatre play, even in a contained Thriller
  • Finding producers and filmmakers
  • All about packaging your screenplay & attaching stars

ASSASSIN-new-posterWhy write a Thriller?

  • Genre-busting thrillers are in constant demand from producers and filmmakers, especially the all important first credit in the low budget features and shorts arena.
  • There is a lack of outstanding AND produceable thriller screenplays in the spec pile. What’s the magic formula of story and production scale / resources you should write for?
  • Just because it’s low budget, doesn’t mean it isn’t high concept – a great low budget thriller screenplay demonstrates the breadth of a writer’s imagination.
  • Writers such as Stuart Hazeldine (EXAM), Rian Johnston (BRICK) and James DeMonaco (THE PURGE) and of course titans like Steven Spielberg (DUEL) and Christopher Nolan (MEMENTO), all started in low budget thriller and have gone on to amazing things!
  • Well-written thriller screenplays routinely place well in American screenplay competitions like The Nicholl Fellowship, Shore Scripts, Bluecat and The PAGE Awards acting as a springboard to a career.
  • A brilliantly written Thriller spec screenplay can act as an outstanding sample script that displays your potential for agents, producers and TV execs.

Lucy V Hall_Final_140615_013WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS is an intense and interactive workshop designed to ensure that you come away with a clear roadmap to take your story and career to the next level.

When: Sat 28th – Sun 29th November 2015
Where: Ealing Studios, Ealing W5 5EP
How much: Early Bird – £89 / Standard – £139

About Lucy


Lucy V Hay is the author of WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS (published by Creative Essentials), as well as associate producer of Brit Thrillers DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN (2015). As a script editor, Lucy has read countless spec Thriller screenplays and has what it takes to guide you towards a GREAT concept for your own! www.bang2write.com

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