The Art of the Short Fiction Film: A Shot by Shot Study of Nine Modern Classics

The Art of the Short Fiction Film: A Shot by Shot Study of Nine Modern Classics

by Richard Raskin
     
 

This work is the first of its kind to single out individual short fiction films for comprehensive presentation and close study. Two Men and a Wardrobe (Roman Polanski, Poland, 1958, 15 min.), Coffee and Cigarettes (Jim Jarmusch, USA, 1986, 6 min.), Sunday (John Lawlor, Ireland, 1988, 8 min.), Cat's Cradle (Liz Hughes, Australia, 1991, 12 min.), Eating Out (Pal

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This work is the first of its kind to single out individual short fiction films for comprehensive presentation and close study. Two Men and a Wardrobe (Roman Polanski, Poland, 1958, 15 min.), Coffee and Cigarettes (Jim Jarmusch, USA, 1986, 6 min.), Sunday (John Lawlor, Ireland, 1988, 8 min.), Cat's Cradle (Liz Hughes, Australia, 1991, 12 min.), Eating Out (Pal Sletaune, Norway, 1993, 7 min.), Come (Marianne Olsen Ulrichsen, Norway, 1995, 4.5 min.), Wind (Marcell Ivanyi, Hungary, 1996, 6 min.), Possum (Brad McGann, New Zealand, 1997, 14 min.), and The War Is Over (Nina Mimica, Italy, 1997, 7 min.) are the nine short fiction films studied.

The films represent a broad range of storytelling approaches and a number of very different film cultures. Each film has a chapter of its own, including a shot-by-shot reproduction of the film with a still from every shot. In most cases, an interview with the director and an original screenplay and storyboard is also included. The book also describes a new conceptual model, derived from the films studied in the work, which can be used both for analyzing the ways in which a short fiction film tells its story and as a set of guidelines for student filmmakers writing their own screenplays.

Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

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Das Kurzfilmmagazin
finally a book devoted exclusively to short film
Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison - David Bordwell
"What a pleasure to see an unjustly ignored form of cinema treated with such care and creative imagination! Blending careful analysis, historical background, and a rich array of archive materials, Richard Raskin reveals in unprecedented detail how short films tell their stories. Raskin's study should become the definitive work on the subject."
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Raskin (screenwriting and video production, U. of Aarhus, Denmark) examines and compares nine short fiction films representing a broad range of storytelling approaches. Each chapter is devoted to one film and includes a shot-by-shot reproduction of the film with a still from every shot. Some of the works analyzed include Roman Polanski's (Poland, 1958), Jim Jarmusch's (U.S., 1986), and Liz Hughes' (Australia, 1991). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786411832
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/29/2002
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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David Bordwell
What a pleasure to see an unjustly ignored form of cinema treated with such care and creative imagination! Blending careful analysis, historical background, and a rich array of archive materials, Richard Raskin reveals in unprecedented detail how short films tell their stories. Raskin’s study should become the definitive work on the subject.
—David Bordwell (Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison)

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