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Writing the Short Film, 3rd Edition by Ken Dancyger, Patricia Cooper

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10

Dramatic Strategies

You have an idea for your story, and the problem before you is to find the drama in your idea and shape it into a film script.

Something about the idea, which may have come from any one of the sources mentioned in Chapter 6, has captured your imagination and unlocked an emotional reaction. Whether it touches your unconscious or conscious synapses, the deed is done, and the idea seems to haunt you. It won’t go away until you convert it into a script, and from a script into a film that you can share with others. The film gives others an insight into you: it’s a gift to them and an invitation to join with you for the length of the film experience. These are the motivations for converting an idea into a dramatic story. We turn ...

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