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Alternative Scriptwriting Rewriting the Hollywood Formula

ISBN-10: 024052246X
ISBN-13: 9780240522463
Edition: 5th 2013 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $21.99
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Publication date: 3/16/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Alternative Scriptwriting 4E is an insightful and inspiring book on screenwriting concerned with challenging you to take creative risks with genre, tone, character, and structure. Concerned with exploring alternative approaches beyond the traditional three-act structure, Alternative Scriptwriting first defines conventional approach, suggests alternatives, then provides case studies. These contemporary examples and case studies demonstrate what works, what doesn't, and why. Because the film industry as well as the public demand greater and greater creativity, one must go beyond the traditional three-act restorative and predictable plot to test your limits and break new creative ground. Rather than teaching writing in a tired formulaic manner, this book elevates the subject and provides inspiration to reach new creative heights. Alternative Scriptwriting 4E covers:* The melodrama and the thriller* Adaptations from contemporary literature* Writing non-fictional narratives for the feature documentary* An in-depth exploration of point-of-view and perspective as expressive of the film writer's voice* Voice-oriented genres--docudrama, the fable and experimental narrative* Non-linear storytelling-the narrative strategies that are necessary to make an open-architecture story work* Considerations for writing for DV that speak to the flexibility and improvisation this medium allows

Preface
Acknowledgments for the Fifth Edition
Introduction
Beyond the Rules
Structure
Structure
Critique of Restorative Three-Act Form
Counter-Structure
More Thoughts on Three Acts: Fifteen Years Later
Narrative and Anti-Narrative: The Case of the Two Stevens
Multiple Threaded Long-Form Television Serial Scripts
Genre
Why Genre?
Working with Genre I
Working with Genre II: The Melodrama and the Thriller
Working Against Genre
The Flexibility of Genre
Genres of Voice
The Non-Linear Film
The Fable: A Case Study of Darkness: The Wizard of Oz and Pan's Labyrinth
Character
Reframing the Active/Passive Character Distinction
Stretching the Limits of Character Identification
Main and Secondary Characters
Subtext, Action, and Character
The Primacy of Character Over Action: The Non-American Screenplay
Form, Tone, and Theory
The Subtleties and Implications of Screenplay Form
Agency and the Other
Character, History, and Politics
Tone: The Inescapability of Irony
Dramatic Voice/Narrative Voice
Digital Features
Writing the Narrative Voice
Rewriting
Adaptations from Contemporary Literature
Conclusion
Personal Scriptwriting: The Edge
Personal Scriptwriting: Beyond the Edge
Index

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