Writing and Selling Thriller Screenplays

Writing and Selling Thriller Screenplays : From TV Pilot to Feature Film

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Writing and Selling Thriller Screenplays has the lowdown on how to get your thriller feature script on to the page, and how to get it in front of producers and investors.
First published in 2013, this new edition offers an all-new resources section and a host of new case studies that map the considerable changes of the past decade. With marketplace disruptors such as Netflix and the first phases of The Marvel Cinematic Universe leaving their mark, new opportunities have been created for screenwriters and filmmakers who are keen to get their stories in front of industry professionals.
This time around, Lucy V Hay doesn't just guide you through the writing of movies, but spec TV pilots too. Putting iconic, mixed-genre projects under the microscope -such as Stranger Things (horror thriller), Brooklyn 99 (comedy thriller) and Lost (sci fi thriller) - she considers what writers can learn from these shows.
She also argues that the lone protagonist in a thriller has had its day and looks at how the genre is moving into a space beyond 'The Hero's Journey'. Case studies to support this include The Hunger Games, Captain Marvel, Iron Man and many more.
Finally, the book considers how the screenplay might be sold to investors, exploring high concept ideas, pitching, packaging and the realities of film finance - all updated for the 2020s - and lays out alternative routes to sales and production, including transmedia such as novels and adaptation, and immersive storytelling online.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Creative Essentials
  • Harpenden, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857305522
  • 9780857305527
  • 530,693

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Trust Lucy Hay on the film and TV business. In her trademark cut-to-the-chase style, she meticulously sets out what the public likes and the industry wants and crucially, concludes with invaluable in-depth career strategies for getting your scripts read and you into the industry. The go-to book on thrillers. Keep one on your desk -- Linda Aronson
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About Lucy Hay

Lucy V. Hay is an author, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. She is the associate producer of Brit thrillers Deviation (2012) and Assassin (2015), both starring Danny Dyer, and has consulted on a huge number of award-winning films over the past decade. Lucy is head reader for the London Screenwriters' Festival and has written several novels, including her crime fiction debut The Other Twin (2017, Orenda Books) and two other books for the Creative Essentials series: Writing & Selling Drama Screenplays and Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays. She lives in Devon with her husband, three children, five cats and a bunch of African Land Snails.
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