Writing Horror to Scare Up the Big Bucks

Hosted by Nick Waters

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Producer (Paramount Pictures, Komack Company)

Nick Waters is a Producer of the Paramount Pictures feature film MARGAUX starring Vanessa Morgan and Madison Pettis. Nick produced the horror feature SHELTER IN PLACE with The Komack Company - the producers of DEADPOOL and VAN WILDER. He continues to develop other projects to bring to Komack and looks for scripts that are ready for production. Even though he's produced a lot in the horror genre, Nick is looking to expand his slate to include new genres from indie dramas to slasher horror and everything in between. Some recent projects he has picked up include a top ballroom dancer docuseries and a comedy with Chloe Grace Moretz. Prior to transitioning into Producing, Nick was in front of the camera as an actor - bringing with him valuable relationships with talent and filmmakers. Full Bio »

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A New Exclusive Webinar

Learn How To Write A Successful Horror Script From The Writer/Producer Of Paramount's MARGAUX

With the recent success of horror films such as SMILE, BARBARIAN and NOPE, it is evident that horror remains one of the most consistently profitable and exciting genres in the industry.

This is because horror films can be made for a cost and still yield spectacular returns at the box office. Horror doesn’t rely on big IP, superheroes, or movie stars – what a horror movie needs to deliver is a compelling story, told well, packed with plenty of chills and thrills.

However, delivering on this is far easier said than done, and many writers miss important story elements that keep their horror scripts dead in the water.

In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Nick Waters, the writer/producer of Paramount's horror movie MARGAUX and a producer on the horror film SHELTER IN PLACE, will teach you what makes a horror film successful, from developing a marketable and commercial plot, to unique and scary set pieces, to properly structuring and formatting your script to tell the best story possible.

You will learn high-level story concepts, tips and tricks to help make your horror script scary and effective, and get an insider perspective on what concepts and types of horror films are currently selling in the marketplace.

You will leave this webinar with an understanding of not only how to make your existing scripts stronger, but how to develop and come up with the next big horror hit film!

What You'll Learn

Success in Horror: What Makes A Horror Film/Script Successful.

  • The storytelling elements that make horror films successful
  • The mareketing elements that make horror films successful

 

  • Horror Masters
  • A look at some of the great horror writers, directors, and producers
  • Learning from the masters to create something fresh.

 

  • Shades of Horror – The Different Types of Horror and How to Execute.
  • Thrillers, mysteries, supernatural, serial killers, slashers and more.
  • Sub-genres in the horror space.

 

  • The Cyclical Nature of Horror.
  • What is “working” and what is “selling”.
  • Case studies of successful past and current films
  • Predictions for successful future films

 

  • Delivering on Scares.
  • Tips and Tricks on making your script scary
  • Visual vs. psychological scares
  • The importance of well developed characters to achieving the scare

 

  • Introducing the reader to a dark and mysterious world.
  • The crucial role of the first act
  • Setting up the scares to come.
  • The importance of an effective “cold open”

 

  • How to Structure your Horror Movie.
  • The classic horror ‘formula’.
  • Employing the ‘formula’ for the most effective script possible

 

  • Looking forward in the industry
  • What makes a horror script sellable?
  • Horror subgenres that are selling and finding commercial success
  • Budget scale in the era of streamers

      Q&A with Nick

About Your Instructor

Nick Waters is a Producer of the Paramount Pictures feature film MARGAUX starring Vanessa Morgan and Madison Pettis. Nick produced the horror feature SHELTER IN PLACE with The Komack Company - the producers of DEADPOOL and VAN WILDER. He continues to develop other projects to bring to Komack and looks for scripts that are ready for production.

Even though he's produced a lot in the horror genre, Nick is looking to expand his slate to include new genres from indie dramas to slasher horror and everything in between. Some recent projects he has picked up include a top ballroom dancer docuseries and a comedy with Chloe Grace Moretz. Prior to transitioning into Producing, Nick was in front of the camera as an actor - bringing with him valuable relationships with talent and filmmakers.

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