Film Genre for the Screenwriter

Film Genre for the Screenwriter

by Jule Selbo
Film Genre for the Screenwriter

Film Genre for the Screenwriter

by Jule Selbo


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Film Genre for the Screenwriter is a practical study of how classic film genre components can be used in the construction of a screenplay. Based on Jule Selbo’s popular course, this accessible guide includes an examination of the historical origins of specific film genres, how and why these genres are received and appreciated by film-going audiences, and how the student and professional screenwriter alike can use the knowledge of film genre components in the ideation and execution of a screenplay.

Explaining the defining elements, characteristics and tropes of genres from romantic comedy to slasher horror, and using examples from classic films like Casablanca alongside recent blockbuster franchises like Harry Potter, Selbo offers a compelling and readable analysis of film genre in its written form. The book also offers case studies, talking points and exercises to make its content approachable and applicable to readers and writers across the creative field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138020818
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/25/2014
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jule Selbo, Ph.D. heads up the M.F. A. in Screenwriting Program in the Radio-TV-Film Department at California State University, Fullerton. She is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter with work in theatre, feature film, network and cable television and animated series; produced credits include projects for Disney, Columbia Pictures, Paramount, and Universal.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Film Genre vs. Genre Film 2. Creating the Mental Space 3. Overview of Film Genres 4. The Uber Genres: Comedy and Drama 5. Romance and Romantic Comedy and Buddy 6. Speculative Genres 7. Horror 8. Science Fiction 9. Fantasy 10. Western 11. Thriller 12. Action and Adventure 13. Disaster and War 14. Coming of Age and Fish Out of Water 15. Balancing of Film Genres 16. Film Genre: A Practical Tool in the Screenwriter's Toolbox

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