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  • ISBN: 9780240803494
  • ISBN10: 0240803493

Screen Adaptation: A Scriptwriting Handbook

by Portnoy, Kenneth A

  • List Price: $50.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 0002
  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Publish date: 09/01/1998
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This book examines the challenge screenwriters face when adapting novels, plays, and short stories for the screen. Thoroughly updated to include examples from current films, this book provides practical, usable information on how to find the best plot line for a script, choose key characters, and understand the goals and formats of different genres. The book also provides many new writing exercises for students and beginning writers. Topics include: determining which characters and events are most valuable on developing the main story; expanding short novellas and condensing long novels; using dialog to advance the story and reveal character; comparing the formats of plays, short stories, and novels vs. those of screenplays; approaching the marketplace
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