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Alternative Scriptwriting

Successfully Breaking the Rules

Book • Fourth Edition2007

Authors:

Ken Dancyger and Jeff Rush

Alternative Scriptwriting

Successfully Breaking the Rules

Book • Fourth Edition2007

 

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Authors:

Ken Dancyger and Jeff Rush

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    Chapter 1 - Beyond the Rules

    Pages 1-15

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    Chapter 2 - Structure

    Pages 16-28

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    Chapter 3 - Critique of Restorative Three-Act Form

    Pages 29-37

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    Chapter 4 - Counter-Structure

    Pages 38-47

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    Chapter 5 - More Thoughts on Three Acts: Fifteen Years Later

    Pages 48-57

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    Chapter 6 - Narrative and Anti-Narrative: The Case of the Two Stevens: The Work of Steven Spielberg and Steven Soderbergh

    Pages 58-75

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    Chapter 7 - Working with Genre I

    Pages 76-96

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    Chapter 8 - Working With Genre II: The Melodrama and the Thriller

    Pages 97-119

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    Chapter 9 - Working Against Genre

    Pages 120-141

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    Chapter 10 - Genres of Voice

    Pages 142-153

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    Chapter 11 - The Non-Linear Film

    Pages 154-163

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    Chapter 12 - Refraining the Active/Passive Character Distinction

    Pages 164-176

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    Chapter 13 - Stretching the Limits of Character Identification

    Pages 177-189

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    Chapter 14 - Main and Secondary Characters

    Pages 190-199

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    Chapter 15 - Subtext, Action, and Character

    Pages 200-212

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    Chapter 16 - The Primacy of Character Over Action: The Non-American Screenplay

    Pages 213-226

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    Chapter 17 - The Subtleties and Implications of Screenplay Form

    Pages 227-246

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    Chapter 18 - Agency and the Other

    Pages 247-267

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    Chapter 19 - Character, History, and Politics

    Pages 268-288

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    Chapter 20 - Tone: The Inescapability of Irony

    Pages 289-310

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    Chapter 21 - Dramatic Voice/Narrative Voice

    Pages 311-318

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    Chapter 22 - Digital Features

    Pages 319-334

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    Chapter 23 - Writing the Narrative Voice

    Pages 335-343

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    Chapter 24 - Rewriting

    Pages 344-351

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    Chapter 25 - Adaptations from Contemporary Literature

    Pages 352-364

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    Chapter 26 - Personal Scriptwriting: The Edge

    Pages 365-380

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    Chapter 27 - Personal Scriptwriting: Beyond the Edge

    Pages 381-390

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    Index

    Pages 391-409

About the book

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Description

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 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.

Key Features

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

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

Details

ISBN

978-0-240-80849-9

Language

English

Published

2007

Copyright

Copyright © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved

Imprint

Focal Press

Authors

Ken Dancyger

Jeff Rush