Creature Screenwriting: How to Write Memorable Monsters

Learn to write monster movies with horror screenwriters Juliet Snowden and Stiles White (Boogeyman, Knowing, The Possession).

Description

Creating Characters that live and breathe on the page is the first step if you want to make a monster movie that works.

Screenwriting character creators, Juliet Snowden & Stiles White will take you through the process of how to create memorable creatures in your special effects horror script using examples from the most well-crafted monster movies in Hollywood history.

Lesson Highlights:

  • Creating original monsters on the page
  • Basic monster movie story structure
  • Defining your creature character's "rules"
  • Deciding the creature's strengths & weaknesses
  • The stages of the monster "reveal"

 

Approximate Runtime is: 01:05:29

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  1. Title - 00:00:00
  2. Introduction - 00:00:38
  3. Why We Write Creatures - 00:03:18
  4. What If? - 00:06:23
  5. The Other - 00:10:27
  6. The Building Blocks - 00:12:09
  7. Creature Type - 00:12:59
  8. Every Creature Needs A Hero - 00:14:31
  9. Reinvention - 00:17:46
  10. Motivation - 00:21:23
  11. Conflict - 00:24:36
  12. Environment - 00:25:50
  13. Structure - 00:29:17
  14. The Teaser - 00:31:11
  15. Defining the Creature - 00:34:21
  16. Rules - 00:40:02
  17. The Link - 00:41:55
  18. The Reveal - 00:46:38
  19. The Defeat & The Departure - Spoiler Alert - 00:52:31
  20. In Closing - 01:04:23

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Juliet Snowden & Stiles White

Horror Screenwriters, THE POSSESSION, KNOWING, BOOGEYMAN

Snowden and White's writing career began when director Wes Craven optioned their supernatural thriller script...

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