Based on Emmanuel Oberg’s bestselling book Screenwriting Unchained, this new thriller module is an extension of his internationally acclaimed 3-day Advanced Development Workshop.
What’s In It for You?
Feeling bored, confused or constrained by the old paradigms? Yet you’d like to write a tightly structured thriller that sells? It’s time to reclaim your creative freedom and master story structure!
In this two hour session we will explore essential tools for developing successful thrillers, either for Film or TV. After a brief introduction revealing how Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs applies to thrillers specifically, we’ll focus on one of the most important aspects of thriller writing, which is the management of information / audience POV through the use of mystery, surprise and dramatic irony. We’ll also discuss Cold Starts and Encore Twists, which are often used in thrillers. From creating tension and suspense to designing a satisfying ending, your thriller writing skills will greatly improve with a clearer understanding of these tools.
Using clips and examples from successful thrillers such as Misery, Se7en, Gravity, The Silence of the Lambs, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The Call, Children of Men, Heat and The Bourne Trilogy, we’ll look at some of the storytelling techniques needed to master this very popular genre.