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Constructing Dialogue

From Citizen Kane to Midnight in Paris

Axelrod, Mark

(Book - 2013)
Constructing Dialogue
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Unlike most screenwriting guides that generally analyze several aspects of screenwriting, Constructing Dialogue is devoted to a more analytical treatment of certain individual scenes and how those scenes were constructed to be the most highly dramatic vis á vis their dialogue. In the art of screenwriting, one cannot separate how the scene is constructed from how the dialogue is written. They are completely interwoven. Each chapter deals with how a particular screenwriter approached dialogue relative to that particular scene's construction. From Citizen Kane to The Fisher King the storylines have changed, but the techniques used to construct scene and dialogue have fundamentally remained the same. The author maintains that there are four optimum requirements that each scene needs in order to be successful: maintaining scenic integrity; advancing the storyline, developing character, and eliciting conflict and engaging emotionally. Comparing the original script and viewing the final movie, the student is able to see what exactly was being accomplished to make both the scene and the dialogue work effectively.
Publisher: New York ;, London ;, New Delhi ;, Sydney :, Bloomsbury Academic,, 2013
ISBN: 9781441108517
1441108513
9781441174253
1441174257
Branch Call Number: 808.23 A969c 2013
Characteristics: ix, 316 pages ;,23 cm

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This book focuses on dialogue, providing an analytical treatment of certain individual scenes. Each chapter deals with how a particular screenwriter approached dialogue relative to that particular scene's construction.


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