Overview

This edition has been expanded to include a chapter on character development, plus a new section that includes chapters on melodrama, docudrama, hyperdrama, and experimental drama - genres well suited to the short film.

Audience: Students of screenwriting, beginning filmmakers/writers.

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Writing the Short Film

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Overview

This edition has been expanded to include a chapter on character development, plus a new section that includes chapters on melodrama, docudrama, hyperdrama, and experimental drama - genres well suited to the short film.

Audience: Students of screenwriting, beginning filmmakers/writers.

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Editorial Reviews

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Cooper and Dancyger (both film, New York U.) characterize the short film as a unique narrative art form that lends itself to experimentation but requires tremendous discipline. They lead student and novice screenwriters through the storytelling process from conception through visualization, dramatization, and characterization to dialogue. The goal, they say, is to be both brief and complete. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780080492476
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 10/26/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 312
  • File size: 416 KB

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

Part 1: Storytelling in General; Telling a Story in Images; Using Sound to Tell the Story; Finding a Main Character for Your Story; Writing an Original Short Screenplay; Rewriting Your Script
Part 2: Storytelling Strategies; Visualization Strategies; Dramatic Strategies; Characterization Strategies; Dialogue Strategies;
Part 3: The Melodrama; The Docudrama; Hyperdrama; Experimental Drama;
Part 4: New Directions; A Redefined Future; Appendix: Short Screenplays
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