5Voice

Once a storyteller has moved past the idea of genre, they have most likely defined the film as far as story, setting, theme and general characterization goes. What’s left then is the refinement of those elements and the refinement of the screenplay itself. Specifically, how is the story going to be told?

In their fantastic book Alternative Screenwriting, Ken Dancyger and Jeff Rush discuss their collective approach to genre. In one section, they describe satire, docudramas and experimental films as being part of the same genre. They call these the Genre of Voice. I have the utmost respect for Dancyger and Rush. However, their use of the word “genre” in this instance seems a bit off the mark. Satire doesn’t define a set of stories—any set. ...

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