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Author Dancyger, Ken.

Title Alternative scriptwriting : successfully breaking the rules / Ken Dancyger and Jeff Rush
Edition Fourth edition
Published Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier/Focal Press, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 409 pages) : illustrations
Contents Ch. 1. Beyond the rules -- Ch. 2. Structure -- Ch. 3. Critique of restorative three-act form -- Ch. 4. Counter-structure -- Ch. 5. More thoughts on three acts : fifteen years later -- Ch. 6. Narrative and anti-narrative : the case of the two Stevens : the work of Steven Spielberg and Steven Soderbergh -- Ch. 7. Working with genre I -- Ch. 8. Working with genre II : the melodrama and the thriller -- Ch. 9. Working against genre -- Ch. 10. Genres of voice -- Ch. 11. The non-linear film -- Ch. 12. Reframing the active/passive character distinction -- Ch. 13. Stretching the limits of character identification -- Ch. 14. Main and secondary characters -- Ch. 15. Subtext, action, and character -- Ch. 16. The primacy of character over action : the non-American screenplay -- Ch. 17. The subtleties and implications of screenplay form -- Ch. 18. Agency and the other -- Ch. 19. Character, history, and politics -- Ch. 20. Tone : the inescapability of irony -- Ch. 21. Dramatic voice/narrative voice -- Ch. 22. Digital features -- Ch. 23. Writing the narrative voice -- Ch. 24. Rewriting -- Ch. 25. Adaptations from contemporary literature -- Ch. 26. Personal scriptwriting : the edge -- Ch. 27. Personal scriptwriting : beyond the edge
Summary Alternative Scriptwriting 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.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Motion picture authorship.
Motion picture plays -- Technique.
Genre/Form Literature.
Form Electronic book
Author Rush, Jeff.
ISBN 0080475221 (electronic bk.)
9780080475226 (electronic bk.)
9781136053702 (electronic bk.)