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Screen Adaptation, 2nd Edition by Kenneth Portnoy

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Principles of Dramatic Writing

It is essential for the potential scriptwriter to understand the principles of dramatic writing. Each subject has its own vocabulary; the same can be said for scriptwriting (see Terms to Know at the end of this chapter). Therefore, it is important to understand this terminology as we look at the adapting process.

Commercial Possibilities and Ideas

Every script begins with a basic idea. Whether the idea is original or comes from a novel or short story, it must have the potential for being dramatic. But what is drama? The clash of powerful ideas? The conflict between two powerful characters in a story? The rising suspense of a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and surprises you with an unusual ending? ...

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