Focal Press Book: Alternative Scriptwriting: Beyond the Hollywood Formula

Focal Press Book: Alternative Scriptwriting: Beyond the Hollywood Formula

Focal Press Book: Alternative Scriptwriting: Beyond the Hollywood Formula

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  • Authors: Ken Dancyger, Jeff Rush
  • Paperback, 486 Pages
  • Fifth Edition
  • Date Published: February 2013
  • Alternative Approach to 3-Act Structure
  • Case Study on Wizard of Oz
  • Case Study on Pan's Labyrinth
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The 5th edition of Alternative Scriptwriting: Beyond the Hollywood Formula from Focal Press takes the approach of learning to write original screenplays by learning how to break the established screenwriting rules and conventions. The authors, Dancyger and Rush, expand their previous approach of writing against conventional formulas beyond just the 3-act story structure. This edition includes chapters on popular genres such as feature documentary, long-form television serials, non-linear stories, satire, fable, and docudrama. The authors also tackle character development and take you through case studies of both The Wizard of Oz and Pan's Labyrinth.

Ken Dancyger is a Professor of Film and Television at Tisch School of the Arts - New York University as well as the author of numerous books on screenwriting, editing, and production. Jeff Rush is an Associate Professor at Temple University's Department of Film & Media Arts as well as the author of numerous articles on screenwriting and narrative theory.


  • Beyond the Rules
  • Critique or Restorative Three-Act Form
  • Counter-Structure
  • More Thoughts on Three Acts: 15 Years Later
  • Narrative and Anti-Narrative: The Case of the Two Stevens (Spielberg and Soderbergh)
  • Multiple Threaded, Long Form Television Serial Scripts
  • Why Genre? 
  • Working with Genre I
  • Working with Genre II: The Melodrama and the Thriller
  • Working Against Genre
  • The Flexibility of Genre 
  • Genres of Voice
  • The Non-Linear Film
  • The Fable: A Case Study of Darkness: The Wizard of Oz and Pan's Labyrinth 
  • Reframing the Active/Passive Character Distinction
  • Stretching the Limits of Character Identification
  • Main and Secondary Characters
  • Subtext, Action and Character
  • The Primacy of Character Over Action: The Non-American Screenplay
Form, Tone, and Theory
  • The Subtleties and Implications of Screenplay Form
  • Agency and the Other
  • Character, History and Politics
  • Tone: The Inescapability of Irony
  • Dramatic Voice, Narrative Voice
  • Digital Features
  • Writing the Narrative Voice
  • Rewriting
  • Adaptations from Contemporary Literature
  • Personal Screenwriting: The Edge
  • Personal Screenwriting: Beyond the Edge
  • Index
Table of Contents
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Focal Press 9780240522463 specs

Subject Screenwriting
Author Ken Dancyger
Jeff Rush
Edition 5th
Hard/Soft Cover Soft
Pages 486
ISBN Number 9780240522463
Publisher Focal Press
Date Published February 2013

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