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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
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
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
Writing the Narrative Voice
Adaptations from Contemporary Literature
Personal Screenwriting: The Edge
Personal Screenwriting: Beyond the Edge
Table of Contents
Ken Dancyger Jeff Rush
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