School of Fear

Emmy-nominated writer/director and founder of the Daywalt Fear Factory, Drew Daywalt explores what terrifies us and why, and the anatomy of translating those collective nightmares into the on-screen scares we love. Follow him on Twitter @DrewDaywalt.

04/12/2012 - 12:10pm
Film is fashion. I'm not sure which filmmaker said it first, but many have said it since, and it's as true today as it's ever been. The look, the style, the pacing, the flow... it's all fashion. What was cool in MORE
04/02/2012 - 6:54pm
Just saw The Hunger Games last week and I gotta say, I really enjoyed it. I never read the books, so for me it was a purely cinematic experience. I wasn't sitting there taking notes on differences in the film and MORE
03/07/2012 - 2:54pm
Fun. Funny. Smart. Entertaining. Tongue-in-cheek. Quirky. Charming. Campy. A romp... A great night of TV... These are the words and phrases that have been buzzing around my head for 5 months, and thank GOD they' MORE
02/22/2012 - 5:38pm
I recently had a conversation with a modern "master of horror" who came at me baring fangs and claws, telling me I didn't know what I was doing with one of my creature designs. After looking at the thing with MORE
02/07/2012 - 1:53pm
One of the hardest things to do as a director is make sure everyone on your team is making the same film that you are. Sounds like a strange thing to say, but if you've ever made a film and ended up with a wonky MORE
01/19/2012 - 5:19pm
Hey everyone. I've been gone a while, but fear not, I haven't abandoned you. On the contrary I've been cooking up something dark and delicious for you guys. See, I haven't blogged for a couple months because I've MORE
11/03/2011 - 8:22pm
Story first. Period. No exceptions.If there's one sin that genre films and TV shows seem to commit daily, it's that they don't pay homage to story. Ridiculous right? Sounds simple doesn't it? It's like step one, MORE
10/12/2011 - 6:54pm
Well, I found it. I found a place where fear is not welcome...... and that's in the creative process. I've known it inherently for years as a screenwriter, but only recently have I sat and contemplated it and MORE