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Screenwriting: History, Theory and Practice
by Steven Maras
Working across contemporary histories of film and screenwriting, and US screenwriting manuals from the 1910s and 1920s, this volume breaks new ground in thinking about the nature of scripting, and how screenwriting took shape as a particular kind of practice.
Paperback, 227 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Wallflower Press
(first published 2008)
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A useful investigation of the nature of screenwriting and the idea of the screenplay, heavily informed by theoretical and historical considerations and perspectives. The author makes clear that a lively debate about the function and position of screenwriting in the filmmaking process has been going on since the 1910s. He offers perspectives on how this debate continues into the digital age. Extensive bibliography. Is a bit of a slog to read, though; comes off as a PhD dissertation.