How to Survive a Horror Movie by Seth Grahame-Smith

By Seth Grahame-Smith

Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.
From ghosts, vampires, and zombies to serial killers, cannibalistic hillbillies, and haunted eastern videocassettes, How to outlive a Horror motion picture shows find out how to defeat each main issue present in frightening movies. Readers will discover:
     •  How to accomplish an Exorcism
     •  What to Do should you Did whatever final Summer
     •  How to cajole the Skeptical neighborhood Sheriff
     •  How to conquer a Murderous Doll
     •  How to outlive an Alien Invasion
     •  How to inform If You’ve Been lifeless because the starting of the Movie
and masses, even more. whole with important directions, insane illustrations, and an inventory of a hundred vital motion pictures to check, How to outlive a Horror motion picture is crucial interpreting for promenade queens, jocks, teenage babysitters, and an individual hired by way of a summer season camp.

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Chicken on the dinner table or beef stew? Down and dirty brawl or stylized fight? A thousand extras or isolation? Moody lighting or sunlight? At that first concept meeting, you may not yet have all the answers, and it’s okay to say that. You can say, “I’ll have more specific information about that later, but for now, the general direction we’re heading in is . . ” Nevertheless, at the very beginning of prep, the director provides literal direction; that is, in which direction in the universe of choices do you want your department heads to go?

When you picture a character in your imagination, what do you see? See that image as a title card, or poster, for a movie. If you were the advertising and marketing director for this character, what physicalities would you focus on? Is the character alone or in a crowd? Is it a silhouette or a color close-up? What expression is on her face? What accessories does she have? ’s walking stick as Sherlock Holmes, or the cane that Hugh Laurie uses as Dr. House.  Johnson, Reed, “The Unconquered Lions of ‘Invictus,’” Los Angeles Times, December 6, 2009, sec.

15 16 Prep FIGURE 2-1 Mary Lou sets up her COW chart like this. A very easy way to break down each character is to examine the script line by line and outline the information in these categories. You’ll find the information for the first two questions in the dialog and the last question in the stage directions, in which the writer describes the action or describes the state of the character physically and emotionally. The interesting thing you’ll notice is that the first two questions may not always lead to the truth because characters often lie about themselves, and others always have opinions that will color their truth about a character.

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