Writing the Break-In Horror Script



Nashville Film Festival Sat, Mar 30 11:00 AM
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Screenwriter:Alvaro Rodriguez


     Horror is one genre that still produces original material and presents a great opportunity for new writers to get produced. The film Get Out garnered writer/director Jordon Peele an Oscar for "Best Original Screenplay" and brought in more than $250 million at the box office. Films like Hereditary and A Quiet Place captured the imagination of a growing audience looking for chills and thrills.

     The Nashville Film Festival is proud to present this interactive screenwriting workshop with Alvaro Rodriguez and learn the basics of writing in the horror genre or fine-tune what you already know to take your script to the next level. From craft to business, the Q&A will offer a chance to gain valuable insights from a celebrated screenwriter.

We'll explore:

  • Importance of structure
  • Genre elements that are expected in horror films
  • How to craft scenes that create rising tension
  • How to refine your concept to create a marketable story
  • Develop characters that the audience will root for


Alvaro Rodriguez is the co-creator and executive producer of the upcoming Netfilx adult-animated series Seis Manos (2019).  He is also the co-screenwriter of Robert Rodriquez's Machete (2010) and Last Rampage (2017).  He was a writer on the TV series From Dusk Till Dawn and his short fiction has appeared in the Bram Stoker Award-winning anthology After Death, among others.  

A frequent panelist at the Austin Film Festival, Rodriguez has been a guest speaker for writing courses across the country from Nashville to Scottsdale to Seattle to New York. He has led several Save the Cat beat sheet workshops and is a featured judge in the 2019 Save the Cat Screenplay Competition.

Sign up now to reserve your seat at this workshop!