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Screen Adaptation, 2nd Edition by Kenneth Portnoy

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Appendix

What follows are suggestions and answers for some of the writing exercises in the chapters. Instructors may want to assign some other exercises to those students who intend to go beyond the normal range of the course. Some instructors also may want to supplement these answers with handouts of specific scenes or story excerpts.

Chapter 2: Principles of Dramatic Writing

1.   Finding act breaks can be difficult unless one is viewing the movie for the second and third time. Usually the first act break is easy to find. By the time we reach the second act break, we are so deeply into watching the movie that we forget to look for the act break. Watch a movie for the first time for enjoyment. Watch it a second or third time for analysis. Good ...

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