Storytelling for Film and Television is a theory and practice book which offers a definitive introduction to the art of storytelling through writing, directing, and editing. Author Ken Dancyger provides a comprehensive explanation of the tools that underpin successful narrative filmmaking and television production.
The book takes a unique approach by connecting the different phases of the creative process of film and television production. It shows how writing, directing, and editing all contribute to the process of storytelling and function together to advance the narrative goals of a screenplay, to tell the best story. A case study approach provides numerous examples of effectiveness and brings together the core areas of aesthetics and production to make these concepts more accessible. Case studies include classic and modern films, foreign films, limited and series television, with examples including Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Revenant, and Son of Saul.
This is the ideal text for film and television production students at all levels. It is written in a style which makes it accessible to anybody interested in learning more about the storytelling process and is written for a global audience addressing a global industry.
‘Ken Dancyger has done the impossible – synthesizing decades of insight about the power of screenwriting, directing, and editing into one volume. Classic and modern examples, from both film and television, precisely illustrate his unified theory. I can’t imagine a more comprehensive vision of the art and craft storytelling.’
Eric R. Williams, Screenwriter, Author, and Director of the MFA in Communication Media Arts program, Ohio University
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION I Narrative
SECTION II Directing
SECTION III Editing
SECTION IV The Storytelling Experience from Beginning to End