school of fear
I get asked all the time how I’ve managed to put more horror in 2-4 minutes than many features manage in 90 minutes or more. I think, because I started out in long form (features and TV) and then created horror shorts, I felt the need to concentrate more storytelling into less time. It’s like a distillation process. I hook up a feature to a few tubes, put it over a Bunsen burner, and distill the bare essence of the thing into a tiny little decanter. That’s the short film. That’s how I think about it.
Writers are like everyone else. Doesn’t matter what genre they write in. And when it comes to working styles, even within the same genre (Horror, in my case), we’ve all got our habits and our mannerisms and our quirks. And those things change over time. For instance, I used to love to write in total solitude with just the right music going.
With all the shooting tragedies that have occurred this past year, there’s been a lot of finger pointing going on in our culture. To a degree, that’s healthy. When something that horrible happens we should reflect on what the fuck is wrong with us. But we have to decide on a plan of action based on reason, not fear. Think equally with our hearts and minds, not just our lizard brain in a state of terrified survival mode.