Theory and technique of playwriting

Shaw says that the third act of this play, “however fantastic its legendary framework may appear, is a careful attempt to write a new book of Genesis for the Bible of the Evolutionists.”'*' He also describes this act as a discussion of ...

Author: J.H. Lawson

Publisher: Рипол Классик

ISBN: 9785882091117

Category: History

Page: 313

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Although many American playwrights took up this idea, John Howard Lawson's Theory and Technique of Playwriting brought the conflict theory to a peak of popularity in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s.

Author: Sam Smiley

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300128505

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

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The Classical Hollywood Cinema

For examples, see Elizabeth Woodbridge, The Drama: Its Laws and Its Techniques (Boston/Chicago: Allyn & Bacon, 1898), p. 77; Alfred Hennequin, The Art of Play Writing (Boston/New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1897), p.

Author: David Bordwell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134988099

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 791

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'A dense, challenging and important book.' Philip French Observer 'At the very least, this blockbuster is probably the best single volume history of Hollywood we're likely to get for a very long time.' Paul Kerr City Limits 'Persuasively argued, the book is also packed with facts, figures and photographs.' Nigel Andrews Financial Times Acclaimed for their breakthrough approach, Bordwell, Staiger and Thompson analyze the basic conditions of American film-making as a historical institution and consider to what extent Hollywood film production constitutes a systematic enterprise, in both its style and its business operations. Despite differences of director, genre or studio, most Hollywood films operate within a set of shared assumptions about how a film should look and sound. Such assumptions are neither natural nor inevitable; but because classical-style films have been the type most widely seen, they have come to be accepted as the 'norm' of film-making and viewing. The authors show how these classical conventions were formulated and standardized, and how they responded to the arrival of sound, colour, widescreen ratios and stereophonic sound. They argue that each new technological development has served a function within an existing narrational system. The authors also examine how the Hollywood cinema standardized the film-making process itself. They describe how, over the course of its history, Hollywood developed distinct modes of production in a constant search for maximum efficiency, predictability and novelty. Set apart by its combination of theoretical analysis and empirical evidence, this book is the standard work on the classical Hollywood cinema style of film-making from the silent era to the 1960s. Now available in paperback, it is a 'must' for film students, lecturers and all those seriously interested in the development of the film industry.

New Playwriting Strategies

The synergies of conceptualization, stamina, and craft equal chops. In music, chops have to do with the player's musical concept, sound presence, and, of course, confidence and facility of technique. In playwriting, chops separate the ...

Author: Paul C. Castagno

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136630811

Category: Drama

Page: 272

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New Playwriting Strategies has become a canonical text in the study and teaching of playwriting, offering a fresh and dynamic insight into the subject. This thoroughly revised and expanded second edition explores and highlights the wide spread of new techniques that form contemporary theatre writing, as well as their influence on other dramatic forms. Paul Castagno builds on the innovative plays of Len Jenkin, Mac Wellman, and the theories of Mikhail Bakhtin to investigate groundbreaking new techniques from a broad range of contemporary dramatists, including Sarah Ruhl, Suzan Lori-Parks and Young Jean Lee. New features in this edition include an in-depth study of the adaptation of classical texts in contemporary playwright and the utilizing new technologies, such as YouTube, Wikipedia and blogs to create alternative dramatic forms. The author’s step-by-step approach offers the reader new models for: narrative dialogue character monologue hybrid plays This is a working text for playwrights, presenting a range of illuminating new exercises suitable for everyone from the workshop student to the established writer. New Playwriting Strategies is an essential resource for anyone studying and writing drama today.

A Philosophy of the Screenplay

When you have completed it you are sure of the play and not before.32 In his 1915 manual, The Technique of Play Writing, Charlton Andrews includes a 14-page “Specimen Scenario” of Cyrano de Bergerac. Presumably, Andrews himself wrote ...

Author: Ted Nannicelli

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135085414

Category: Philosophy

Page: 278

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Recently, scholars in a variety of disciplines—including philosophy, film and media studies, and literary studies—have become interested in the aesthetics, definition, and ontology of the screenplay. To this end, this volume addresses the fundamental philosophical questions about the nature of the screenplay: What is a screenplay? Is the screenplay art—more specifically, literature? What kind of a thing is a screenplay? Nannicelli argues that the screenplay is a kind of artefact; as such, its boundaries are determined collectively by screenwriters, and its ontological nature is determined collectively by both writers and readers of screenplays. Any plausible philosophical account of the screenplay must be strictly constrained by our collective creative and appreciative practices, and must recognize that those practices indicate that at least some screenplays are artworks.

Playwriting from Formula to Form

Covering everything in the playwriting process from the initial concept through production, PLAYWRITING: FROM FORMULA TO FORM presents a workable method for anyone interested in the craft.

Author: William Missouri Downs

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: IND:30000063939007

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 335

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Structure is how a play logically fits together and can be archived through formula or form. To understand the complexities of structuring with form, the beginning playwright must first learn the fundamentals of formula. Covering everything in the playwriting process from the initial concept through production, PLAYWRITING: FROM FORMULA TO FORM presents a workable method for anyone interested in the craft. Exercises and techniques are presented to help students master the fundamental principles of good playwriting, giving them the freedom to be creative. Chapters on film and television writing as well as how to market a finished script and to select an agent, provide "real world" information on surviving as a writer in today's market.