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The short film is growing in popularity as distribution opportunities (festivals, movie theaters, even cell phones) and interest increase. The short film is a unique narrative art form that, while lending itself to experimentation, requires tremendous discipline in following traditional filmic considerations. This book takes the student and novice screenwriter through the storytelling process- from conception, to visualization, to dramatization, to characterization and dialogue- and teaches them how to create a dramatic narrative that is at once short (approximately half an hour in length) and complete. Exercises, new examples of short screenplays, and an examination of various genres round out the discussion. Ken Dancyger is also the author of two other very successful titles for Focal Press: The Technique of Film and Video Editing 3/e and Alternative Scriptwriting 3/e.

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