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Vale's Technique of Screen and Television Writing by Eugene Vale

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Selection of Information

We have learned by what means the motion picture reveals information. Now we can proceed to investigate the function of information.

It is necessary to understand that a story is a series of items of information. The storyteller informs the listener about persons and events.

Because of the differences in their forms, the novel, the stage play, and the motion picture handle their information differently. Though it is difficult to derive any rules for novels, because there are so many different kinds, it can safely be said that the novel has the possibility of giving total information with regard to a story. This means that the novel can — and frequently does — tell us all about its persons; it can inform us about their ...

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