Ronald Shusett, co-writer of 'Alien,' shares invaluable tips on adding suspense to your screenplays, elevating the quality to get a better shot at being greenlit.
Eliciting an emotion is just one of the 14 things that a great opening needs to accomplish. Danny Manus talks about the first 10 pages of a screenplay and horror films.
The best horror/suspense films offer lessons for all writers on compelling character, simmering tension, and killer endings. Whether you prefer a classic freak fest or a modern scare, Script's editors and contributors have some recommends for your holiday.
The job of the screenwriter is to conceive an interesting and entertaining story, devise a workable dramatic structure for it, and then provide the action and dialogue required to tell that tale. This is a lot for a writer to do, but is it ALL the writer should do?