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Writing for the Screen: Creative and Critical Approaches. Craig Batty and Zara Waldeback. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

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"One of the most accessible – and yet comprehensive – books on screenwriting that I have ever read. It manages to be instructive without being academic, entertaining without resorting to entertainment, and pragmatic without being anecdotal. The result is a fully-dimensional approach to both the craft and the business of screenwriting that surpasses other, more singular-minded works – truly a revelation for neophyte writers and a useful brush-up tool for seasoned pros as well." Professor David Kukoff, Northwestern University, USA.

This fresh and lively approach to scriptwriting incorporates both creativity and critical appraisal as essential methods in writing for the screen. Offering a solid foundation in fundamental concepts, it enables students to develop practical writing skills and provides powerful tools to make script development an effective and satisfying process.

Innovative and accessible, this invaluable volume:
• Explores a wide variety of techniques, from detailed scene writing and visual storytelling, to non-linear structure and effective minor characters.
• Suggests a range of working practices, including giving and receiving feedback, interactive writing, exploring voice and establishing writing groups.
• Covers both mainstream industry conventions and alternative avenues emerging through changing production technologies.

Contemporary case studies, in-depth analyses and interactive writing exercises create a wealth of ideas, both for those wishing to work in the industry, and those who wish to deepen their study of the practice.

Now published: Craig Batty and Zara Waldeback (2008)Writing for the Screen: Creative and Critical Approaches Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

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