Thursday, January 26, 2012

Slasher gag

A good gag for my slasher would be that the killer rigs a shotgun to go off when a character opens a door. Then have that character dancing all around the door during a scene. Could be a very effective finger-peeker moment.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Scary

What is scary in films?

-Waiting for something bad to happen
-Knowing that something bad will happen
-Thinking you know what that bad thing will be
-Knowing what the character does not
-Preconceived notions of horror (the mirror scare, for example, or the silhouette in the foreground/background)
-Giving and withholding: the occasional jump scare is good, but it can't be what they expect. Like the magicians always say, use one hand to distract them from the other.
-Repetition: a recurring "bump in the night". The girl walks by the closet where the killer is over and over.
-Punctuation: The firecrackers in Boogie Nights, the camera flash in Saw...

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Life updates

1) Tom liked AOTLITW, and wants another draft. I'm going to cut out 2-3 characters and try to smooth out the pacing a little bit, and send it back, and if its up to snuff, he's gonna show it to his manager. My deadline is Feb. 5th.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Script Idears

Slasher concept: a young woman is taunted and humilated by her schoolmates. On halloween (or whenever) they harrass her. She is pushed to the edge! She thinks they might actually hurt her! She grabs her daddy's shotgun to defend herself and accidently shoots one of them. But it turns out to be her brother (or somebody)! In her grief, she tries to kill herself but only succeeds in blasting half of her head off. She survives, but is half retarded and all pissed. We now follow her one-time agressors as a vengeful killer stalks them.

The point is, is it possible to tell a good story that also happens to be a slasher? More on this later.


Seacrest out

Script Idears

Slasher concept: a young woman is taunted and humilated by her schoolmates. On halloween (or whenever) they harrass her. She is pushed to the edge! She thinks they might actually hurt her! She grabs her daddy's shotgun to defend herself and accidently shoots one of them. But it turns out to be her brother (or somebody)! In her grief, she tries to kill herself but only succeeds in blasting half of her head off. She survives, but is half retarded and all pissed. We now follow her one-time agressors as a vengeful killer stalks them.

The point is, is it possible to tell a good story that also happens to be a slasher? More on this later.


Seacrest out