All Things Horror: The Spooky Season Panel

Webinars ~ Genre Series
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Roadmap Writers

It's spooky season, which means it's time to grab some marshmallows and graham crackers and gather around the fire to tell our favorite scary stories. We all have our favorites, but what are the components of a successful horror? What's the correct balance of scares, tension, character development and twists? 

Tune in for this Spooky Season Panel to find out! 

This 90 Minute Panel Will Cover: 

  • The conventions of a horror film 
  • How to build and maintain tension 
  • Crafting characters we'll root for 
  • Live Q&A 
More about
Roadmap Writers

Roadmap Writers is a talent training and discovery platform for screenwriters ready for a guided path to success. Our programs are hosted by working industry executives and are designed to empower writers with actionable tools and insights to elevate your craft and cultivate relationships with industry professionals. Since 2016, we have helped hundreds of writers from all over the world sign to representation, staff on series, and option and produce their projects. Our writers have been staffed on BRIDGERTON, THE FLASH, CHICAGO PD, THE FIRST LADY, NIGHT COURT, THE GOOD DOCTOR, THE RESIDENT, REACHER, SUBJECT TO CHANGE, MAYANS and POKERFACE. Writers have sold, set up and been produced by Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, MGM, American High, New Republic Pictures, Maven Screen Media, Lifetime, Will Packer Studios and Roku. 

Kelly Gallagher
Dark Castle Entertainment

Born in suburban South Jersey to two mostly normal people who love a good drive-in B-movie, Kelly Gallagher attended Boston University, where she studied Film/TV and English, primarily focusing on Film Studies, Screenwriting, and Physical Production.  After graduating, she got her start in the business at management company Industry Entertainment working in the Television Literary Department, and as a Script Reader for the Paradigm Agency. She then joined the film and television development arm of indie comic book company Oni Press, where she worked on book-to-film projects such as David Leitch's ATOMIC BLONDE and Co-Produced the Chris Hemsworth hit EXTRACTION, Netflix's most-watched original film.  Since joining the rebooted Dark Castle, Kelly has been able to fulfill her blood-and-guts dreams working with the iconic horror brand.  She recently Co-Produced Simon Barrett's directorial debut SEANCE starring Suki Waterhouse and Inanna Sarkis (RLJE/Shudder), Mary Harron's THE EXPECTING starring AnnaSophia Robb and Rory Culkin (Quibi/Roku), and Dark Castle's upcoming prequel to 2009's cult hit ORPHAN, ORPHAN:FIRST KILL, which stars Julia Stiles and Isabelle Fuhrman reprising her iconic role. 

Joe Russo
Joe Russo Films

Producer/writer/director Joe Russo has been recognized for his work with writers, developing many acclaimed screenplays over the last several years — including his own — which have been selected by film and television executives for the Young & Hungry List, The Blood List, The Hit List, and The Black List.

As a producer, Joe has several upcoming projects in development, including the “HULK HOGAN” biopic at Netflix starring Chris Hemsworth from Academy Award Nominee Todd Phillips (JOKER).


In 2021, Joe had three feature films go into production, including producing upcoming releases like THE GREATEST BEER RUN EVER for Apple and Skydance, directed by Peter Farrelly (GREEN BOOK), starring Russell Crowe and Zac Efron, and THE LOCKSMITH, starring Ryan Phillippe, Kate Bosworth and Ving Rhames. He also wrote the upcoming Netflix horror movie THE LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF CHARLES ABERNATHY.

In 2020, Joe's feature directorial debut, THE AU PAIR NIGHTMARE, an independent thriller which he co-wrote, debuted on Lifetime as their Sunday Night Movie of the Week. Joe's action screenplay, HARD KILL, starring Bruce Willis, from the Academy Award nominated producers of THE IRISHMAN, Emmett Furla Oasis, charted at the top of Netflix's Top 10, reaching #1 in the UK and #2 in the United States over the Thanksgiving holiday.

In 2019, Joe produced the Shudder horror anthology feature NIGHTMARE CINEMA starring Academy Award Nominee Mickey Rourke (THE WRESTLER), featuring segments directed by acclaimed filmmakers like Joe Dante (GREMLINS), David Slade (HARD CANDY) and more. The Certified Fresh horror film was the second most-watched movie debut on Shudder in 2019, nominated for Best Limited Release by Fangoria Magazine and selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of "2019’s Best Horror Films”. 

Joe began his career at Level 1 Entertainment under producer Bill Todman, Jr. (X-MEN, WILD WILD WEST), working his way up to Director of Development, where he managed a slate of feature films and television series, working hand-in-hand with major motion picture studios and television networks such as Fox, MGM, Showtime, SyFy, History and Amazon. Joe then served as a Development Consultant for Christina Aguilera and Matthew Rutler’s MX Productions, advising the company on their feature film division and their first-look television deal with Lionsgate Entertainment, where they produced the pilot TRACKS for Spike TV.

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