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    Posted: 24 Jul 2006 at 6:53am
Curious to meet some of my competition.  So anyone who is in this group feel free to give me a shout out...introduce yourself...give me a story...tell me about your pets...give me an ending...tell me how your life is going...forfiet...or if you just want to tell me how your prgress is going...that would be cool.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote wenonah Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jul 2006 at 7:01am
LOL... I have thriller too, but I have the 'Dying wish' one and I'm done - but good luck! I have some great notes about what separates a thriller script from the other genres if you're interested.

looks like you should have gotten comedy Wink
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Originally posted by wenonah wenonah wrote:

I have thriller too, but I have the 'Dying wish' one and I'm done.
 
I hate you. You overachiever you. Smile
 
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Originally posted by Chris Messineo Chris Messineo wrote:

 
I hate you. You overachiever you. Smile
 
Chris


Can I copy and quote you on that and send it to my mother... she could use a good laugh today.

I have other things I need to write so I had to get this short out of the way, otherwise that stuff just looms and eats away at you. I've never written a 16 page short before, so I must have been in the zone. Wacko


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Originally posted by wenonah wenonah wrote:

LOL... I have thriller too, but I have the 'Dying wish' one and I'm done - but good luck! I have some great notes about what separates a thriller script from the other genres if you're interested.

looks like you should have gotten comedy Wink
 
I saw the posts in the other topic about Thriller the audience knows there a bomb under the table but suspense they dont...kinda thing...but anything else would help.  I think the story i have is good, but i dont know if its gonna fit the genre...itll be close...so any info you can give is cool.  Trust me im sure its not going to be a top ten placer...maybe top 25  :)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote wenonah Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jul 2006 at 9:00am
Actually... I bought a book a couple months ago called "Writing the thriller film" - alas it has come in handy. They do mention that bomb under the table example, but not as a thriller ... they were illustrating the difference between suspense and surprise. Two people sitting at a table, a bomb goes off - surprise. Two people sitting at a table, the audience can see the bomb with the clock ticking down - suspense.

A thriller is basicall someone being chased. This someone should be an "ordinary joe" thrown into extraordinary circumstances with all of his known resources all of a sudden unavailable to him to help him, therefore he must find the strength help himself out of the situation at hand. This protag needs to be someone that you and I can root for, identify with and he has to do things that you and I would do (ie: he's not a super hero or a four star bomb specialist) The antagonist is someone who is morally different from the protag, he's willing to do things that protagonist isn't (killing people on a whim for instance) This makes the "showdown" rely on the protagonist to out-wit the antagonist and hopefully win in the end.

Does that help?

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Not only are you an overachiever, Wenonah, you are a nice person.  Wish I had "thriller" now, that was a great explanation.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote richke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jul 2006 at 9:27am
Originally posted by wenonah wenonah wrote:

 
Does that help?

wenonah
 
Yeah it lets me know im heading down the wrong path  :)
 
....mine has suspense in it but i can through in some thrilling parts, but man...this sucks...do you think they would disqualify for that?
 
Can it have multiple genres i guess...like a horror that has comedy points in it.
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Give your protag a time limit before something bad happens and you've got yourself a thriller/suspense story.

Cross-cutting is another useful tool for building suspense.

IMO, it's a fine line between thriller and suspense. I can't think of a thriller that isn't built around suspense.
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Originally posted by Requiem Requiem wrote:

Give your protag a time limit before something bad happens and you've got yourself a thriller/suspense story.

Cross-cutting is another useful tool for building suspense.

IMO, it's a fine line between thriller and suspense. I can't think of a thriller that isn't built around suspense.
 
I guess that's why they call them suspense-thrillers
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