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The Elements of Subtitles: A Practical Guide to the Art of Dialogue, Character, Context, Tone and Style in Subtitling [Paperback]

D Bannon

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6 Oct 2009
Good subtitles don't just transfer words from one language to another. They are as funny, scary, witty and compelling as the original. The Elements of Subtitles is a practical guide on how to get subtitling right. Translators working from any language into English will learn how to write vibrant dialogue, develop character profiles, find dramatic and comic equivalents, use dialect and slang, avoid common mistakes, and understand tone, style and context in film. Filled with examples from the best screenplays across the globe, this is an indispensable reference on the nuts and bolts of creating accurate and exciting subtitles.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for All Literary Translators 7 Nov 2009
By Steven S. Bammel - Published on Amazon.com
D. Bannon's insights into subtitling are applicable in many areas, not just translation and movies. Even though his background is in Korean, the book covers many situations faced by a literary translator in any language. I expect this book will be a valuable reference in my translation work for years to come.

Steven S. Bammel, Korean Consulting & Translation Service, Inc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Elements of Subtitles 17 Feb 2010
By D. Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
This is a fascinating look into what a person has to do to write subtitles. It is an excellent guide for someone wishing to enter the profession. Actually anyone who does any kind of writing, either professionally or personally, can gain from reading this book. The writer understands the language and culture of his audience. His writing speaks with authority and also with humor. It's an easy read. This is the book for anyone considering a career in translation or just wanting to know more about movies, languages and how to build bridges between the cultures and people of the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone who wants to get into the world of translation 16 Jan 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Language is a hard thing to show through text alone, especially when you have dialogue and nothing else. The Elements of Subtitles discusses translating and subtitling modern media and explains that subtitles need to be more than literal translations, and need to truly grasp the nature of the subject. The Elements of Subtitles is a must for anyone who wants to get into the world of translation or simply gain an understanding of why things are done the way they are with foreign media. Practical, user friendly, and replete with illustrative examples, The Elements Of Subtitles will prove to be of immense and practical value for anyone engaged in translating written expressions from other languages into English.
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