Alternative Scriptwriting Writing Beyond the Rules

ISBN-10: 0240802187
ISBN-13: 9780240802183
Edition: 2nd 1995 (Revised)
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Description: In a field where novelty often equals commercial success, scriptwriters often strive to create screenplays that are innovative and exceptional. Going beyond the conventional three-act structure and exploring more inventive approaches, Alternative  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 6/28/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 0.63" wide x 0.93" long x 0.67" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

In a field where novelty often equals commercial success, scriptwriters often strive to create screenplays that are innovative and exceptional. Going beyond the conventional three-act structure and exploring more inventive approaches, Alternative Scriptwriting, second edition, challenges readers to take creative risks with genre, tone, character and structure. Examples and case studies demonstrate what works, what doesn't and why, and exercises encourage writers to explore new ways of viewing their work and test the limits of their skills. Ken Dancyger has taught screenwriting for twenty years and is head of undergraduate studies for the Department of Film and Television at New York University. He has written numerous dramas and documentaries for radio and television. Jeff Rush is a professor in the Department of Radio, TV and Film at Temple University. He has written numerous screenplays. Includes updated case studies and exercises. A wide variety of film examples are used. Goes beyond the standard methods of screenwriting

Beyond the rules
Structure
Critique of restorative three-act form
Counter-structure
Working against genre reframing the active/passive character distinction
Stretching the limits of character identification
Main and secondary characters
Subtext, action and character
The subtitles and implications of screenplay form
Character, history and politics
Tone - the inescapability of irony
Dramatic voice/narrative voice
Writing
Rewriting
Personal scriptwriting

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