2nd Edition

Film Scriptwriting A Practical Manual

By Dwight V Swain, Joye R Swain Copyright 1988
    434 Pages
    by Routledge

    440 Pages
    by Routledge

    This second edition of the widely acclaimed Film Scriptwriting is a truly practical manual for the working writer. It provides all the clear, step-by-step guidance you need to script both fact and feature film and video - from getting and developing ideas to the writing of master scene or shooting script.

    Featured in this new edition are annotated excerpts from some of today's most successful films, selected to point up principles and techniques discussed. Interviews with working film specialists reveal the things professional directors, producers, story editor, and analysts look for in appraising the scripts that come across their desks.

    Film and You
    Part One: The Fact Film
    The Proposal Outline
    The Film Treatment
    The Sequence Outline
    The Shooting Script
    Writing Narration
    Part Two: The Feature Film
    The Film Story
    The Film Character
    The Story Treatment
    The Art of Confrontation
    The Step Outline
    Dialogue Devices
    The Master Scene Script
    Part Three: The Tricks of the Trade
    Adaptation and Its Problems
    Surviving Story Conferences
    The Scriptwriter as Businessperson
    What You Should Know About ...
    Lessons from the Pros
    The Other Side
    You and Film
    The Storyboard
    Judging Screen Time
    For Further Reading
    Terms You'll Use
    Writers' Guild of America
    Writers' Guild of Great Britain


    Dwight V. Swain