224 pages | 53 B/W Illus.
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.
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?
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