The Tyranny of Story - Audience Expectations and the Short Screenplay

Overview offers a unique perspective on the art of storytelling, regardless of format. For writers intending to craft a successful short screenplay, this book offers a detailed and incisive presentation of the particular demands of the short screenplay form. It includes references to major Hollywood feature length screenplays, as well as numerous short screenplays in their entirety. The Tyranny of Story is both a useful analytical tool for the shaping of any story, and an unmatched aid in the drafting of a short screenplay. This book will assist individua See more details below
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Overview

offers a unique perspective on the art of storytelling, regardless of format. For writers intending to craft a successful short screenplay, this book offers a detailed and incisive presentation of the particular demands of the short screenplay form. It includes references to major Hollywood feature length screenplays, as well as numerous short screenplays in their entirety. The Tyranny of Story is both a useful analytical tool for the shaping of any story, and an unmatched aid in the drafting of a short screenplay.

This book will assist individuals and film students with the special challenges of writing short narrative screenplays.

The book was written because of the absence of any comprehensive text on the subject and the demand from Vancouver Film School's own students to provide formal reference materials related to the creation of story in short films.

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Claudia Casper
...years of teaching experience make this book eminently comprehensible, comprehensive, grounded , and intellectually exciting without being academic. Because the thinking behind this book is so solid, it fires in the reader a desire for the work of creating something excellent, authentic, arresting; it caused one to look forward to each step of that work with confidence and pleasure.
—Claudia Casper Novelist, book critic, The Vancouver Sun
Mark Harris
Because it dares to suggest that the short fiction film is a worthy artistic medium in and of itself, Ric Beairsto's The Tyranny of Story: Audience Expectations and the Short Screenplay is an invaluable addition to the small library of books on the screenwriters craft. It belongs on every aspiring scenarist's 'how to' shelf.
&#151Mark Harris, PhD, Film Critic, The Georgia Straight
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780968421307
  • Publisher: Vancouver Film School
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Pages: 255

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