If you’re a fan of horror, you’re likely familiar with the work of Leigh Whannell, the writer/producer of the Saw and Insidious franchises. Now he’s written and directed the new monster film, The Invisible Man, starring Elisabeth Moss.
Leigh chats with me about strengthening your horror protagonist by making your antagonist as vicious as possible, keeping your antagonist mysterious to create suspense, and how Elisabeth Moss helped him write less dialogue and less exposition. We also discuss the difference between creating scares and suspense and why he likes to procrastinate when it comes to writing.
The Invisible Man is currently playing in theaters.
Listen to the podcast below.
Shanee Edwards graduated from UCLA Film School with an MFA in Screenwriting and recently won the Next MacGyver television writing competition to create a TV show about a female engineer. Her pilot, Ada and the Machine, is currently in development with America Ferrera’s Take Fountain Productions. You can follow her on Twitter: @ShaneeEdwards