GENRE Seminar


GENRE Seminar Outlines

Each GENRE Day event runs from 9:00am and ends at 8:00pm

9:00 – 10:50 Lecture
10:50 – 11:10 MORNING BREAK – Q&A with Robert McKee
11:10 – 1:00 Lecture
1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH BREAK
2:00 – 3:50 Lecture
3:50 – 4:10 AFTERNOON BREAK – Q&A with Robert McKee
4:10 – 6:00 Lecture
6:00 – 6:20 EVENING BREAK – Q&A with Robert McKee
6:20 – 8:00 Lecture

Thriller Day:
The Art of Suspense


I. A Brief History of the Crime Genre

II. The 12 Subgenres of Crime

III. Seven-Step Creative Process.

IV. Clueing

V. Interest Strategies

VI. The Psychological Thriller.

VII. Creating the Antagonist

VIII. Protagonist/Antagonist relationship

IX. Story Structure and Sequence

X. Psychological content

XI. Going to the End of the Line

XII. Twelve Shades of Thriller Endings

XIII. Scene conventions of Crime/Thrillers

XIV. What thrills in the Thriller?

XV. Screening and Analysis of the film SEVEN.

Comedy Day:
The Angry Art


I. The Love of Comedy

II. The Comic Vision of life

III. Comic Structure Vs. Dramatic Structure

IV. The Comic Character

V. Comic Turning Point

VI. The Comedy Genre – three grand conventions

VII. The Comedy Sub-genres

VIII. Mixed Genres

IX. What is Laughter?

X. Structure of a Joke

XI. The Substance of Jokes

XII. Comic Timing

XIII. Comic Devices

XIV. Screening and Analysis of the film A FISH CALLED WANDA

Love Story Day
The Love of Love Stories


I. Introduction

II. History of Love

III. The Nature of Love

IV. The 6 Sub-Genres

V. The Cast

VI. Ten Love Story Conventions

VII. The Telling

VIII. Screening and Analysis of the film THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

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