Chapter 9

Writing Techniques for Long-Form Scripts

Key Terms

action

dramatic irony

realism

adaptation

gag

realistic

audience

hubris

running gag

character

key moment

scene

character as victim

mistaken identity

slapstick

comedy

narrative tense

storyline

cover-up

omniscient or third-person

title cards

cross-cutting

narrator

tragedy

deus ex machina

plot

verbal comedy

dialogue

point of view

visual narrative

disguise

public domain

 

So far we have outlined the broad process of developing and writing without going into the craft of how you do it. Many good books are dedicated to writing for the movies and for television that expound on techniques and share the tricks of the trade. This chapter is an introduction to ...

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