Journal of Film and Video

Journal of Film and Video is a magazine focusing on Film and Video

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 3, Fall

Course File for 'Narrative Film: Theory and Practice'
"Narrative Film: Theory and Practice" is a graduate-level seminar designed to help students gain command of the conventions and nuances of narrative filmmaking, while at the same time encouraging them to critique these conventions as they begin developing...
Introduction
It has been more than 13 years (Summer 1984) since the Journal of Film and Video published its first screenwriting issue (36.3), which concentrated on mainstream scriptwriting. This was followed by a second issue on screenwriting, in the fall of 1990...
Language as Narrative Voice: The Poetics of the Highly Inflected Screenplay
This article explores the way inferential or evocative language functions to determine meaning and focus in screenplays. It will demonstrate that although shooting scripts might be read as denotative blueprints or instructions, screenplays can be understood...
Presidents Forum: What Should UFVA Bring Forward from the Past to the Future?
During the UFVA conference in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in 1997, 15 presidents of the association read short statements in answer to the question "What should UFVA bring forward from the past to the future?" As the instigator and moderator of this forum, my...
Scripting for a Viewer Response: Woolrich, Truffaut, and the Bride Wore Black
The search for theories to help explain literature-to-film adaptations has led scholars through a complex and often frustrating maze. The most recent and most promising avenues seek to acknowledge and allow each medium its artistic integrity and rightly...
Story Sense: Writing Story and Script for Feature Films and Television
Lucey, Paul. Story Sense: Writing Story and Script for Feature Films and Television. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1996, 398 pp., $20.50 (paper). Learning how to write effectively for the screen is like learning a foreign language: what works in a novel or...
The Politics of Paradoxes of Censorship: Miss Lonelyhearts in Hollywood
In May 1933, Darryl F. Zanuck bought the rights to Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts for Twentieth Century Pictures. By Hollywood standards at least, the novel did not appear to be a very promising acquisition. And with good reason. For one thing, the...
Three Scripts
Screenwriting classes traditionally focus on teaching writing for dramatic, fictional films. We teach students how to write stories, with characters for actors to embody, using scripted action and dialogue. But as any fan of experimental film is aware,...
Writing for Mulitmedia: Entertainment, Education, Training, Advertising, and the World Wide Web
Garrand, Tim. Writing for Multimedia: Entertainment, Education, Training, Advertising, and the World Wide Web. Boston: Focal Press, 1997, 329 pp., $34.95 (paper with CD-ROM). Multimedia may be the most overused term in the arena of new technologies....

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