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Global Scriptwriting by Ken Dancyger

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EXPERIMENTS IN VOICE

 

Voice, the editorial prism through which writers and writer-directors filter narrative characters and events, creates a uniqueness of story; voice also can echo similarity to other stories. At one extreme, the writer-director who involves us in a genre according to genre expectations submerges his voice. At the other extreme, the writer-director who distances us from character structure and story form elevates her voice. In Chapter 5, “Tone,” for example, I discussed how the use of docudrama, hyperdrama, and satire exemplified the most overt set of devices to create a direct line between the writer-director and the audience. Numerous writer-directors have experimented between these two extremes, and those ...

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