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October 1995, Week 5


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"D.S.Pestle" <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 31 Oct 1995 05:49:22 GMT
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The Public Library is a great place to gather bits and peices of
dialogue, action and spectacle from a variety of film scripts available
there. From Preston Sturges' to Neil Simon, it isn't hard to find
appropriate comedy and drama material to read, discuss and compare to
the film version. My students like "fishing" for the differences; a
good "catch" warrants a "rewind" session and a talk about why what we
see on the screen is different from what the author had written.
-->Finding "infant" scripts is hard, but the following works to let
students experience the process. All students write a basic scene,
rewrite it following the basic beginning-middle-end format then
collaborate on the peice with a student who has been assigned to film
his scene. Actors from my Drama class are selected by a third person in
the group - the Director of the video. From that point on, the writer
has no say in the rest of the production. While they begin a new scene,
the cameraman, director and actors go off into the building to complete
the video. The end product, while it doesn't surprise the production
group, usually generates questions from the writers about changes in
dialogue, action and settings.
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