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Alternative Scriptwriting: Rewriting the Hollywood Formula

Alternative Scriptwriting: Rewriting the Hollywood Formula
Author: Ken Dancyger - Jeff Rush
ISBN 13: 9780240808499
ISBN 10: 240808495
Edition: 4
Publisher: Focal Press
Publication Date: 2006-09-12
Format: Paperback
Pages: 424
List Price: $35.95

* Examines a wider variety of genres than ever before, including extreme forms such as the melodrama and the thriller
* Includes a discussion of alternative film in the context of DVD technology
* New study of adaptation from contemporary literature
Going beyond the conventional three-act structure and exploring more inventive approaches, Alternative Scriptwriting challenges readers to take creative risks with genre, tone, character, and structure. It explores mainstream, personal, and experimental narrative forms, surveying both American and international films. In a field where novelty often equals commercial success, scriptwriters frequently strive to create screenplays that are innovative and exceptional.
Alternative Scriptwriting links scriptwriting to other forms of storytelling, and discusses issues including the three-act structure, working with and against genre, character identification, and the implications of screenplay form. Key issues, examples, and case studies demonstrate what works, what doesn't, and why. Exercises encourage writers to explore new ways of viewing their work and to test the limits of their skills.


Surpasses the conventional three-act structure to explore more inventive and creative approaches to writing screenplays, challenging readers to take risks with genre, tone, character, and structure. Includes examples, case studies, and exercises. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)