Alternative Scriptwriting: Rewriting the Hollywood Formula by Ken Dancyger

By Ken Dancyger

Replacement Scriptwriting 4E is an insightful and encouraging booklet on screenwriting curious about hard you to take inventive dangers with style, tone, personality, and constitution. desirous about exploring substitute ways past the conventional three-act constitution, substitute Scriptwriting first defines traditional method, indicates choices, then presents case reviews. those modern examples and case reports display what works, what does not, and why. as the movie in addition to the general public call for higher and bigger creativity, one needs to transcend the normal three-act restorative and predictable plot to check your limits and holiday new inventive floor. instead of educating writing in a drained formulaic demeanour, this publication elevates the topic and offers suggestion to arrive new artistic heights.

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A scriptwriter also has to be concerned with the issue of stimulation for the viewer. Audiences go to movies to enjoy themselves. Whether stimulation comes from a complex plot or witty dialogue, there is an element of charm and stimulation that is necessary in relating the screen story to the audience. What happens to this element when you begin to challenge screenwriting conventions? It begins to fade. Therefore, you have to include stimulation in some other form. Spike Lee challenges conventional structure in She’s Gotta Have It, but his additional charm comes from the dialogue.

The story’s motivational force would be medical rather than dramatic. Instead, the second act ends when, after losing his friends and his childhood, Henry decides to retire from professional baseball so that he can experience his life. His arm has to be brought back to normal for the story to end, but that happens in the third act after the key second act character decision has been made. Either/or character tension is central to restorative three-act structure. In Wall Street, the cold-hearted tycoon Gekko, without this binary character tension (or possibly with more complex tension), would never destroy himself in this way.

Rather, the narrator is implied, in large part, through dramatic structure. This is why we say that restorative three-act ilms reveal themselves through their structure—the structure itself functions as the narrator. Structure modulates our interest and gives signiicance and meaning to events without calling attention to itself, as though the story just happened, as though the characters really control their own fates. It is critical that we understand the narrative role of the restorative threeact structure.

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