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Forensic Speak: How to Write Realistic Crime Dramas

Forensic Speak: How to Write Realistic Crime Dramas

by Dornbush Jennifer


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Crime stories have always intrigued viewers and storytellers. Today, crime shows rule the airwaves and there is truly a procedural drama out there for every personality — and every writer. Born out of the author’s real-life experiences growing up around death investigation, Forensic Speak unlocks the secrets of forensic science for writers and fans alike. With a filmography of 100 film and TV examples and 80 additional resources, the book provides writers direct access to hundred of ways to make their crime writing more authentic.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615931316
Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 10.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Dornbush is a TV and film writer, crime scribe, forensic science maven, and writing instructor. When not making visits to the coroner’s office or hanging out with CSIs, Jennifer is penning scripts. Jennifer and her two co-writers were awarded Humanitas’ New Voices Prize and are presently developing their half-hour comedy pilot, Home Bodies. Her TV drama pilot, The Coroner’s Daughter, was a second-round pick at the Austin Screenplay Competition. Prior to that she was a semi-finalist in NBC’s Writers on the Verge with a one-hour procedural spec. Her family feature script, Mulberry Lane, is currently optioned with Fools Errand Films.

Table of Contents


How to Use This Book

Who This Book is For

Chapter 1: Chewing the Fat with CSIs
    36 terms and exercises

Chapter 2: Coroner Chat
     47 terms and exercises

Chapter 3: Toxicology Tete-a-tete
    38 terms and exercises

Chapter 4: Fingerprint Talk
    24 terms and exercises

Chapter 5: DNA Lingo
    24 terms and exercises

Chapter 6: Blood Spatter Speak
    38 terms and exercises

Chapter 7: Gabbing About Guns
    53 terms and exercises   

Chapter 8: Courtroom Confabulation
    41 terms and exercises

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