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Global Scriptwriting by Ken Dancyger

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THE HOLLYWOOD MODEL

 

In this chapter we will focus on the Hollywood model of screen story. Our purpose is to understand the various options that are available to the writer. On a deeper level, we also want to understand why the Hollywood screen story has become so dominant as a form worldwide.

Hollywood has been global from its begnnings. One reason for this is that from its outset, the Hollywood film industry has been a private as opposed to a public industry.1 A second reason is that the Hollywood film saw itself as one of the popular arts and aligned itself with the popular arts—theater, burlesque, comic books, popular radio plays and players, and later television. Popular novels were the basis for many films. Margaret Mitchell's ...

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