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2nd Edition

Film Scriptwriting
A Practical Manual

ISBN 9780240511900
Published August 24, 1988 by Routledge
432 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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