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Reading and Writing a Screenplay

Fiction, Documentary and New Media, 1st Edition

By Isabelle Raynauld


224 pages | 53 B/W Illus.

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Reading and Writing a Screenplay takes you on a journey through the many possible ways of writing, reading and imagining fiction and documentary projects for cinema, television, and new media. It explores the critical role of a script as a document to be written and read with both future readers and the future film it will be giving life to in mind.

The book explores the screenplay and the screenwriting process by approaching the film script in three different ways: how it is written, how it is read, and how it can be re-written. Combining contemporary screenwriting practices with historical and academic context, Isabelle Raynauld provides key analytical tools and reading strategies for conceptualizing and scripting projects based on the impact different writing styles can have on readers, with various examples ranging from early cinema to new platforms throughout.

This title offers an alternative, thought-provoking and inspiring approach to reading and writing a screenplay that is ideal for screenwriters, students and aspiring screenwriters, and readers interested in understanding how an effective screenplay is created.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Screenplay as Text

1. What Constitutes a "Good" Screenplay?

2. The Screenplay as Text

3. Ideas, Writing in Stages and Types of Film Scripts

4. What Does the Screenplay Share With Editing Principles?

5. Structures

6. Point of View: Telling a Story From a Certain Perspective

7. The Scene

8. Writing Character(s)

9. Writing Sound

10. Writing Documentary Projects for Film, Television, and Digital Platforms

11. Reading the Screenplay: Styles and Ways of Reading, Analyzing and Writing Feedback


About the Author

Isabelle Raynauld is an award-winning screenwriter and director of fiction and documentary films. She is also Professor in Cinema at the University of Montreal, Canada and Fellow at the Open Documentary Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She recently directed her first VR film Poetry in Motion and is currently in production with her feature documentary Music and the Brain, produced by Oscar winning company Bunbury Films, in Montreal.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Screenwriting