Quick Book Review: “Writing the Short Film” by Pat Cooper and Ken Dancyger

If you are a short film fan like me, you are probably curious as to how to they are made. One book that’s a great introduction into the short film world is ‘Writing the Short Film’ by Pat Cooper and Ken Dancyger (published by Focal Press, 2005).

http://www.focalpress.com/books/details/9780240805887/

In this 359-page book, we learn the principles of story writing and telling for the short film format. The authors cover the different story types (melodrama, docudrama, hyperdrama and experimental narrative). References are made and examples are used by previous short film makers, including the authors’ own students. Throughout the book, actual film scripts are reprinted so that the reader has a better idea of formatting.

This was a good read. All the concepts were explained very well and the film examples were interesting, as well. After reading the book, I felt very motivated to take a film making course or even just to buy my own little camera and apply the concepts that way. Either way, I recommend ‘Writing the Short Film’ to all fans of short films.

 

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