Academic journal article Journal of Film and Video

From the Script Editor

Academic journal article Journal of Film and Video

From the Script Editor

Article excerpt

Screenwritng is an art form in its infancy. Film itself is a toddler struggling for intellectual respect in a family of ancient siblings. Prose, poetry, theater, dance, sculpture, and painting have been around for so much longer than cinema, no wonder film is often shrugged off as mere entertainment. But even among artists and scholars who are convinced of film's righteous place among the arts, the screenplay falls short of receiving the respect given the film its words help to create. Screen authors themselves often refer to screenwriting as a craft, dodging the "art" label altogether. They, too, expect the worth of a screenplay to be proven by the film its words inspire or, worse, by the box-office gross. An unproduced screenplay can be likened to a cocoon that fails to generate a butterfly.

Nonetheless, without a cocoon, there can no butterfly.

SCRIPT is a caucus of writers and professors within UFVA who list screenwriting as chief among their creative and pedagogical points of view. Suzanne Regan, editor of the Journal of Film and Video, has invited us to raise the profile of screenwriting with our academic community by submitting reviews, articles, brief script excerpts, and interviews that explore the multifaceted dimensions of this newest of writing forms. …

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