Robert McKee, perhaps the best known and most respected of todayís screenwriting teachers, is offering a series of genre classes in New York City this weekend, including one on fright films. McKee, who was portrayed by Brian (MANHUNTER) Cox in the Oscar-nominated film ADAPTATION, teaches ďthe essential principles of screenwriting and story design that studios, production companies and publishers demand from their writersĒ in his popular seminars. On May 12-15, McKee will teach courses in Horror (on the 12th), Thriller, Comedy and Masterpiece scripting. These classes, which McKee touches on in his book STORY, are invaluable for anyone who wants to learn the inner workings of different types of film, and take place in the Gold Ballroom at Manhattanís Hotel Pennsylvania (401 Seventh Avenue at 33rd Street). Horror Day will touch on such themes as The Psychology of Horror, Horror Story Patterns, Creating the Horror Antagonist and Protagonist, Tapping the Subconscious and many more, with clips from the likes of THE EXORCIST, THE SHINING and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET shown, plus a complete screening and analysis of the original ALIEN.
The classes run from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. each day. You can choose any combination of the four courses; fees start at $225 for one day, with discounted rates for multiple days. For more information and to register, visit www.McKeeStory.com.