Writing the Short Film

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Overview

This book takes the student or novice screenwriter through the storytelling process - from conception to visualization, dramatization, characterization and dialogue - in order to demonstrate how best to write a narrative screenplay that is both short (under half an hour in length) and complete. Exercises, examples of both short and short-short screenplays, as well as examinations of useful genres serve to round out the discussion.
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"...for the more technically minded this weighty tome is invaluable." - Black Filmmaker

"It is a tough call to sell the script of a short film to a film production company, and your script needs to be outstanding both in concept and execution. If you are a scriptwriter who aims to tackle this tough brief, then here is the book to help you." - Writing Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240801650
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/15/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 203
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Fundamentals : breaking ground 7
Ch. 1 Storytelling in general 9
Ch. 2 Telling a story in images 17
Ch. 3 Using sound to tell the story 29
Ch. 4 Discovering and exploring a main character 37
Ch. 5 Telling the dramatic story 47
Ch. 6 Writing an original short screenplay 65
Ch. 7 On revision : substance and style 79
Pt. II Moving forward : writing strategies 87
Ch. 8 The need for storytelling 89
Ch. 9 Visualization strategies 101
Ch. 10 Dramatic strategies 113
Ch. 11 Characterization strategies 127
Ch. 12 More on dialogue strategies 141
Pt. III Genres : forming the story 151
Ch. 13 The melodrama 153
Ch. 14 The docudrama 171
Ch. 15 The hyperdrama 187
Ch. 16 The experimental narrative 205
Pt. IV New directions 221
Ch. 17 The opportunity for renewal 223
App. A Short short screenplays 233
Vincent 235
Sob story 241
Pigeon 249
App. B Short screenplays 257
Another story 259
The lady in waiting 270
Sleeping beauties 297
The wounding 308
Dead letters don't die 323
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