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Writing the Short Film
     

Writing the Short Film

by Patricia Cooper, Ken Dancyger
 

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The short film is a unique narrative art form that, while lending itself to experimentation, requires tremendous discipline in following traditional filmic considerations. This book takes the student and novice screenwriter through the storytelling process- from conception, to visualization, to dramatization, to characterization and dialogue- and teaches them how to

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The short film is a unique narrative art form that, while lending itself to experimentation, requires tremendous discipline in following traditional filmic considerations. This book takes the student and novice screenwriter through the storytelling process- from conception, to visualization, to dramatization, to characterization and dialogue- and teaches them how to create a dramatic narrative that is at once short (approximately half an hour in length) and complete. Exercises, new examples of short screenplays, and an examination of various genres round out the discussion.

NEW TO THE THIRD EDITION: new screenplays, a chapter on rewriting your script, and a chapter on the future of short films

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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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"...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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136048579
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/10/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
312
File size:
2 MB

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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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