Thematic workshop
If you love thrilling films and want to write scripts that will keep viewers in suspense, this workshop will help you achieve it!

 

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Intensive workshop

One 10-hour meeting

Small workshop groups

6–10 people

Thriller – thematic workshops

Viewers love the cinema genre. Unfortunately, however, in Poland for many years there were no classes on the specifics of writing genre screenplays. BAHAMA FILMS decided to fill this gap and introduced thematic classes in writing genres particularly liked by Polish viewers.

Thrillers are very popular among viewers; they are one of the most-chosen genres. Why? Because we like it when the cinema evokes strong emotions in us. During the workshops, participants will learn what elements to include in the script to achieve this.

How does the workshop look?

Full-day thriller classes are up to 10 hours of intense watching, analysing and discussing the most successful films in this genre. At the meeting, we will consider what the success of the best thrillers is really based on (e.g. Seven, Three Days of the Condor, The Silence of the Lambs, Zodiac, The Exorcist and Michael Clayton).

There are many of stories around us that can be turned into a good box-office movie. Thrillers are quite a schematic genre, so with the right workshop, a light pen and an open mind, you can efficiently tell your story, turning it into a successful script.

During the classes, we do not work on the Participants’ projects but instead thoroughly analyse the specifics of the thriller genre, referring to examples of at least a dozen films.

Workshop programme

Workshop trainer and mentor

Wiktor Piątkowski
Screenwriter, producer, lecturer and owner of Bahama Films.

Wiktor Piątkowski created and co-wrote HBO’s first original series produced in Poland (Wataha) and the first Polish romantic comedy produced by Netflix (Squared Love). Over the last 11 years he has worked as showrunner, head writer, screenwriter and producer on various shows (crime series, soap operas, scripted reality, period dramas, sitcom), with more than 1000 hours of TV produced). A sitcom he co-created and co-wrote, Just Push Abuba, premiered in 2018 on ZDF. Wiktor is the head writer of the first Polish TV series produced by Viaplay (Murderesses), the first co-production between Canal+ and Polsat (Sortownia) and the first political thriller series produced by Polsat (Vote of no Confidence). Wiktor’s filmography includes, among others, the feature films Heart Parade (Netflix) and Holidays Backwards (which he also produced), and the TV series War Girls.

Wiktor graduated from the Polish National Film School in Łódź, the Warsaw School of Economics, and Warsaw University (psychology), and is an alumnus of Serial Eyes (organized by the Deutsche Film and Fernsehakademie Berlin, and the London Film School), European TV Drama Series Lab, European Showrunner Training, and Racconti and Berlinale Talents. He has participated in many screenwriting courses, led by, among others Syd Field, John Truby, Robert McKee, Linda Seger, Dov Simens, Glen Benest and Sammy Montana. The list of his mentors includes James V. Hart (Dracula, Hook, Contact), Frank Spotnitz (The X Files, The Man in the High Castle), Graham Yost (Speed, Justified) and Jeff Melvoin (Northern Exposure, Designated Survivor, Killing Eve).

Wiktor Piątkowski is also a member of SEAN, the Dirty Dozen Collective, the Polish Filmmakers Association (SFP) and the Polish Screenwriters’ Guild. He has a PhD in television marketing, runs screenwriting workshops in Poland and abroad, and manages Bahama Films, an independent production company based in Warsaw.

Program terms:​

Sunday, 12.02.2023, 10.00-20.00.

Place of the meeting:

Thriller

Thematic workshop

600 pln

Attention! Signup slots are allocated according to the order of payments received. In the case of a larger number of applications than available places in the group, we reserve the right to carry out an additional selection of participants.