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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 ...
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Overview

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.

Audience: Beginning and professional filmmakers/writers; students of screenwriting, especially in graduate courses.

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Surpasses the conventional three-act structure to explore more inventive and creative approaches to writing screenplays, challenging readers to take risks with genre, tone, character, and structure. Includes examples, case studies, and exercises. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136053696
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/20/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 1,224,743
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Ken Dancyger is the author of numerous books on screenwriting, editing, and production. He conducts screenwriting forums and workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia. A past chair of Undergraduate studies in the Department of Film and Television at NYU, he is currently Professor of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Jeff Rush is an associate professor at Temple University's Department of Film & Media Arts. He has served as director of the MFA program and as Department Chair in Film & Media Arts. He received an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from the American Film Institute and an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop. In addition to teaching, Jeff has worked as a freelance screenwriter and has published numerous articles and books.
Ken Dancyger is the author of numerous books on screenwriting, editing, and production. He conducts screenwriting forums and workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia. A past chair of Undergraduate studies in the Department of Film and Television at NYU, he is currently Professor of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Jeff Rush is an associate professor at Temple University's Department of Film & Media Arts. He has served as director of the MFA program and as Department Chair in Film & Media Arts. He received an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from the American Film Institute and an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop. In addition to teaching, Jeff has worked as a freelance screenwriter and has published numerous articles and books.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Beyond the Rules 1
2 Structure 17
3 Critique of Restorative Three-Act Form 30
4 Counter-Structure 39
5 Working with Genre 50
6 Working Against Genre 71
7 Reframing the Active/Passive Character Distinction 95
8 Stretching the Limits of Character Identification 109
9 Main and Secondary Characters 124
10 Subtext, Action, and Character 134
11 The Primacy of Character Over Action: The Non-American Screenplay 149
12 The Subtleties and implications of Screenplay Form 164
13 Character, History, and Politics 185
14 Tone - The inescapability of Irony 208
15 Dramatic Voice/Narrative Voice 232
16 Writing the Narrative Voice 241
17 Rewriting 251
18 Personal Scriptwriting - The Edge 259
19 Personal Scriptwriting: Beyond the Edge 276
Index 287
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