Film Genre For The Screenwriter

Film Genre For The Screenwriter

Film Genre for the Screenwriter

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.


"The author identifies 30 genres and further subdivides many by character types or setting treatment. Beyond these delineations, she discusses the endless permutations and combinations of genre, each discussion amply accessorized with film titles--from many nations and across the...

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