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The Insider View: Live with Writer-Director Todd Lincoln

Final Draft, A Cast & Crew Entertainment Company

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM (PDT)

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  Live Interview with
Todd Lincoln
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Learn horror and thriller writing secrets from a working writer-director in this in-depth and informative discussion on the craft of screenwriting. 

Todd Lincoln loves the horror and thriller genre. Right out of high school he moved to L.A. and got a PA job on the set of From Dusk Till Dawn to learn the craft from the bottom up. He attended two years of USC then decided to dive in, writing and directing everything from music videos to commercials and finally feature films. All the while he was honing his approach to storytelling and screenwriting, with a special passion for the macabre.

His upcoming film The Apparition draws on his depth of knowledge and his love for the horror and thriller genres. His other upcoming films include The Nye Incidents for RKO and Twittering from the Circus of the Dead for Mandalay Pictures, which he is also producing.

If you write horror, thrillers, or you want to ratchet up the tension or drama in any script, you can't miss this in-depth discussion with a writer devoted to the craft.

During this informative webinar, we will ask Todd Lincoln questions that will cover topics screenwriters need to know like:

  • What kinds of stories are being produced in the horror and thriller market today?
  • How do you use the story to create the tension and fear instead of special effects?
  • What methods can you use to develop horror and thriller characters while still keeping the script exciting?
  • What has being a director taught you about writing a better horror script?
  • What are your tips for creating a "good scare"?
  • How do you develop your basic concept from idea to screenplay? 
  • How can writers handle a "slow boil" script where the tension builds throughout the first and part of the second act, but the real scares are for later?
  • How do you know a scene is as exciting/scary as it can be?
  • As director, how much do you change about your own script, and why?
  • What real-world advice can you give aspiring screenwriters for improving their horror or thriller scripts?
  • and so much more!

As an aspiring screenwriter, you've asked these questions on message boards, at conferences, and to consultants. But now is your chance to ask an experienced and award-winning screenwriter what you need to know about succeeding in today's industry.

Don't miss this opportunity to find out what Todd Lincoln has learned about the craft of screenwriting, and how you can use his knowledge to make your script even better.

Register now to ensure your spot at the live webinar event for only $29. You will receive an email with instructions on attending this event.

There will also be a live question-and-answer session during the last 15 to 20 minutes of the webinar where all attendees can chat questions to Mr. Lincoln live. These questions will be chosen at random. You may also submit questions in advance to attention Todd Lincoln Questions. These submissions will be considered for the Q&A as well.

If you miss the scheduled time, you will receive an email the morning after the event has closed with a link to watch the video at your convenience.

Register now and spend some quality time with one of the best screenwriters working today, courtesy of the leading software for screenwriters in the business, Final Draft.

About Todd Lincoln:

Writer/director/producer Todd Lincoln is an award-winning filmmaker who makes his feature film debut with the horror/thriller The Apparition, due in theaters from Warner Bros. this August 24.  Starring Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan and Tom Felton, the film follows a young couple, Kelly and Ben (Greene and Stan), haunted by a presence that was unleashed during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition relentlessly feeds on their fear. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural, Patrick (Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force.

In the spirit of classic horror films, Lincoln relied on in-camera effects and a suspenseful anticipation of potential terrors, rather than a preponderance of CGI. His inspirations were Poltergeist, Flatliners, Twilight Zone, and The Strangers, among others.

Upcoming projects for Lincoln include The Nye Incidents, which he will direct and produce for RKO Pictures. The Nye Incidents is the feature film adaptation of the graphic novel by Whitley Strieber (The Hunger, Communion, Wolfen).  Lincoln will also direct and produce Twittering from the Circus of the Dead, a feature film adaptation for Mandalay Pictures of the short story by best-selling author Joe Hill (Horns, Locke & Key, Heart-Shaped Box).

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lincoln got hooked on movies at a young age. Several features shot near his home, notably Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumblefish and The Outsiders. His father served as sports director and anchor for the local ABC affiliate and ran his own production company that produced original sports programming for ESPN. Consequently, Lincoln’s production education began early, as he grew up around film and video equipment, cameramen, directors and live remote shoots. His mother worked on some of the first made-for-video horror movies, such as Blood Cult and The Ripper.

As a teenager, Lincoln began making his own Hi-8 videos, mostly in lieu of writing papers in high school. He served as a production assistant on local independent films and documentaries. During his junior year, he attended USC’s Short Film Summer Workshop in Los Angeles where he wrote, directed and edited his first Super 8 and 16mm films.  The day after he graduated high school, he packed up, drove to Los Angeles and secured a PA job on From Dusk Till Dawn, after reading in Fangoria Magazine that Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino were starting production. His experience working in multiple departments on From Dusk Till Dawn was invaluable, as he soon discovered when he entered USC that fall. He took as many film classes as he could, and after two years, he left USC and shot several short films which earned awards and positive reviews at festivals worldwide. He soon moved on to commercials, music videos, and ultimately feature films.

As a writer-director, he developed a reimagining of The Fly for Fox Searchlight and adapted the popular comic book Hack/Slash for Rogue/Universal. His affection for horror and all things macabre led him to co-write the graphic novel Road To Hell for IDW Publishing, about friends on a rescue mission in a savage dystopian world. 

He also paid homage to his hometown and to the short film format that gave him his start when he co-founded the Tulsa Overground Film Festival, an annual event showcasing the world’s most innovative short films.

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