Alternative Scriptwriting: Successfully Breaking the Rules

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CRC Press, Aug 21, 2012 - Performing Arts - 424 pages
Alternative Scriptwriting 4E is an insightful and inspiring book on screenwriting concerned with challenging you to take creative risks with genre, tone, character, and structure. Concerned with exploring alternative approaches beyond the traditional three-act structure, Alternative Scriptwriting first defines conventional approach, suggests alternatives, then provides case studies. These contemporary examples and case studies demonstrate what works, what doesn't, and why.

Because the film industry as well as the public demand greater and greater creativity, one must go beyond the traditional three-act restorative and predictable plot to test your limits and break new creative ground. Rather than teaching writing in a tired formulaic manner, this book elevates the subject and provides inspiration to reach new creative heights.
 

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Contents

1 Beyond the Rules
1
2 Structure
16
3 Critique of Restorative ThreeAct Form
29
4 CounterStructure
38
Fifteen Years Later
48
The Case of the Two Stevens The Work of Steven Spielberg and Steven Soderbergh
58
7 Working with Genre I
76
The Melodrama and the Thriller
97
The NonAmerican Screenplay
213
17 The Subtleties and Implications of Screenplay Form
227
18 Agency and the Other
247
19 Character History and Politics
268
The Inescapability of Irony
289
21 Dramatic VoiceNarrative Voice
311
22 Digital Features
319
23 Writing the Narrative Voice
335

9 Working Against Genre
120
10 Genres of Voice
142
11 The NonLinear Film
154
12 Reframing the ActivePassive Character Distinction
164
13 Stretching the Limits of Character Identification
177
14 Main and Secondary Characters
190
15 Subtext Action and Character
200
24 Rewriting
344
25 Adaptations from Contemporary Literature
352
The Edge
365
Beyond the Edge
381
Index
391
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Ken Dancyger is the author of numerous books on screenwriting, editing, and production. He conducts screenwriting forums and workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia. A past chair of Undergraduate studies in the Department of Film and Television at NYU, he is currently Professor of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Jeff Rush is an associate professor at Temple University's Department of Film & Media Arts. He has served as director of the MFA program and as Department Chair in Film & Media Arts. He received an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from the American Film Institute and an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop. In addition to teaching, Jeff has worked as a freelance screenwriter and has published numerous articles and books.

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