- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (30 Sept. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240802187
- ISBN-13: 978-0240802183
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,477,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alternative Scriptwriting: Writing Beyond the Rules Paperback – 30 Sep 1995
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"I was pleased with the topics and their progression. I particularly liked the movies suggested and the comments about the films." Bill Neff, Montana State Univ.
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Additions to the third edition include:* a comparative study of how two very different filmmakers handle different types of film.* a look at ways in which narrative tension, story structure, and perspective can be used when writing for the digital film * a study of adapting contemporary literature for film EDITIONNUMBER: 21 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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To give a few examples of the errors that I spotted:
They call the main character in Hitchcock's Vertigo by two different names (it's Scottie not Johnny); misspell Nabokov, Clouzot, Joe Mantegna, Dovzhenko; call Robert De Niro's character in The King of Comedy Rupert Popkin (it's actually Pupkin); confuse the director of Muriel's Wedding P.J. Hogan with Crocodile Dundee actor Paul Hogan; think Louis Malle's Murmur of the Heart is a "classic war film" (they must mean Malle's Lacombe Lucien); and finally (on page 216) can't quite decide whether Yojimbo and Seven Samurai are remakes of classic Westerns or inspired them. To quote: "Kurosawa made a gangster film, High and Low, as well as two films remade from classic Westerns, The Seven Samurai remade as The Maginificent Seven, and Yojimbo, remade as A Fistful of Dollars." I think they mean remade INTO but it would leave most people scratching their heads. Surely a moment checking these things wouldn't be too much trouble.
Once Focal Press properly copy-edit this book for the next edition I would certainly recommend it but until then it might be better to stick with Syd Field, Robert McKee or one of their many colleagues.
What Alternative Scriptwriting by Ken Dancyger and Jeff Rush does is to show the rules so you can break them. They give a detailed breakdown of 14 genres and how they use the individual building blocks before discussing such things as how to:
* mix and match genres and what works and what doesn't;
* change structures so 4 Act or two Act stories;
* reframe the roles of passive/ active characters; and
* use tone or narrative voice.
Its not done in a dry way as the discussion is linked to case studies or comparisons of different Directors and international styles but it does help if you have seen the films or have them on DVD! The important thing is that they argue that screenwriting is part of the tradition of storytelling/writing and so need to draw on the full range. Its not a book to read if you want a how to layout a film script but it is one if you want to explore the narrative force of a book.
An interesting alternative take on genres and the film narrative is The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler.Read more ›
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No book in the Universe will teach you how to write, or how to tell a story. The intention of this book is to compell the reader to think about many common places of the story... Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 1999
I already had the earlier edition of this book, but bought the update, thinking that it could even help my writing by osmosis. My god, I was right. Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 1998