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Forming the Idea: Writing Exercises

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Why be scared? Or rather, why induce the feeling when it is not necessary? Because fear keeps us alive. When we are in danger we go into fight or flight, which stimulates the hypothalamus, the region in the brain responsible for maintaining...

Staging the Horror: Five Tropes

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Setting the mood for horror is deliciously fun and evocative. Darkness and night are obvious locations used in the Gothic tradition, in such early films as Nosferatu (Murnau 1922) and The Old Dark House (Whale 1932). What we know is there,...

Prequels, Sequels and Franchises

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...The rules for a horror-movie sequel are: One, The death total is always greater, and Two, The murder scenes are always much more elaborate, with more blood and gore. Three, Never, ever under any circumstance assume that the killer...

The Second Act: Modulating Fear, Terror and Horror

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...The Second Act is a complex unit, embodying the bulk of the action. It is often here that script readers comment that the pace ‘flags’ or the story has come adrift. Act One offers anticipation and Act Three resolution, but the Second Act...

Adaptation: From Page to Screen

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...From the beginnings of cinema, adaptation has been a feature of the horror movie. Both Frankenstein and Dracula were freely adapted from the novels even when permission had not been sought, as was R. L. Stevenson’s novella, Dr. Jekyll...

Horror Movie History

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Horror stories have been with us for centuries, fireside tales developed into stories and novels, plays, and now movies and games. The horror movie began with monsters, most especially the ‘undead’. The fear of what happens after death...

Low Budget Horror

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Writing and directing the low budget horror movie has traditionally been seen as the entry level to moviemaking. This has a creditable provenance. George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (Romero 1968) was shot on a shoestring, and so too...

Cross-Genre

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Genre blending has had varying results in horror, barring the successful vampire romance of the ‘Twilight’ series. The TV series Buffy and Angel were better suited to this, as their act and story arc structures are different...

Why Do We Like To Be Scared?

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...The first thing any writer needs to understand is ‘know your audience’. What is the attraction of horror? Why do we like to be scared? These questions have been addressed by myriad writers, philosophers and academics. The writer of horror...

Subgenres

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara Bailey

Sara Bailey is Course Leader for Screenwriting at Southampton Solent University, UK. She has worked as a screenwriter and is an experienced researcher and lecturer. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Horror Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Horror divides into several clear subgenres, and it is important that the writer approaching a horror project has an understanding of the tropes and the underlying aspects of each subgenre. At the time of writing, the mash-up has become...