Jump-Scares! Writing Effective Horror & Thriller Conventions with VP of Development

You’re reading a Webinar blurb when you feel like something scary is about to happen… boo! Did that scare you? No? Well, it wasn’t a very effective jump scare. Many writers struggle with how to insert the right amounts of suspense and terror in the written word to give their reader the chilling image they imagine on the screen.

Joan Mao is here to discuss what makes a jump scare translate on the page and will dissect examples of some of the best-executed jump scare scenes out there! She will also cover the horror and thriller formula and how to make your script as suspenseful as the final vision on film.

This 90-Min. Webinar Will Cover:
  -The difference between horror and thriller conventions, stereotypes, and tropes
  -What is a jump scare and what setup is required to make it effective
  -How to take something traditional and make it ‘fresh’ in this popular genre
  -The formula of a good horror or thriller script

About Your Host:

JOAN MAO is the Vice President of Production and Development at The Safran Company (TSC), a leading Hollywood production company, in which their supernatural thrillers THE CONJURING and ANNABELLE were huge hits for New Line. THE CONJURING was named one of the most profitable films of 2013 and earned $330 million at the box office on a budget of only $20 million. Meanwhile ANNABELLE has earned $230 million at the box office on a budget of only $6.5 million. The sequel to THE CONJURING is due out in theaters on June 10th, while the sequel to ANNABELLE will begin principal photography this summer. Prior to working at TSC, Mao worked at Millennium Films for almost seven years where she started assisting the Head of Creative Affairs & Production and ended as Director of Development. Mao was involved in Millennium’s successful franchise THE EXPENDABLES. Born in Taiwan and raised in Minnesota, Mao graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in English Literature.



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