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Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know

Cinematic Storytelling by Jennifer Van Sijll Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know
Your Price: $33.95 CDN
Author: Jennifer Van Sijll
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 230
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 193290705X
ISBN-13: 9781932907056

About the Book:

Cinematic Storytelling by Jennifer Van Sijll unites all successful film artists who share a fluency in the sight, sound and motion of movies.

Dialog is one of the best known, and obvious, elements in a film. But the language of cinema is more subtle and sophisticated than dialog alone. From Metropolis to Kill Bill, this remarkable reference guide reveals 100 of the most potent storytelling tools of the medium, compelling cinematic devices beyond dialog for screenwriters and directors to pump up action, develop characters and energize a motion picture’s plot.

Here's what you’ll learn: 17 basic building blocks of cinematic language; 100 examples of cinematic techniques that create layering and more powerful scenes; 100 definitions of cinematic tools; how to use sound, picture and camera motion as storytelling devices; how to show character change without using dialog; and how filmmakers marry story and technique.

All this and more illustrated by over 500 frame grabs and 76 script excerpts from the most memorable moments in film history. If you want to take your screenplay or your film appreciation to a higher level, Cinematic Storytelling will get you there.

What people say:

"Here is a uniquely fresh, accessible, and truly original contribution to the field. Jennifer Van Sijll takes her readers in a wholly new direction, integrating aspects of screenwriting with all the film crafts in a way I've never before seen. She underscores cinema's collaborative nature, and celebrates the collective family of film artists who struggle together in the creation of worthy movies. It is essential reading not only for screenwriters but also for filmmakers of every stripe." — Prof. Richard Walter, UCLA Screenwriting Chairman

"A powerful and evocative guide for screenwriters and filmmakers alike." — Frank Beddor, Producer: There's Something About Mary

"Cinematic Storytelling shows you how story ideas are realized in script form and then transformed again when it moves from script to screen. It underscores how this process necessitates the collaborative relationship between writers and directors. Van Sijll has written an essential guide for aspiring writers and directors." — Mardik Martin, Screenwriter: Raging Bull, Mean Streets, and New York, New York, Senior Lecturer of Screenwriting at USC

"Wow! A screenwriting book with an original and insightful approach. Jennifer Van Sijll takes you step by step through the complex transfer from blank page to motion picture. I can finally show a book to my mother and say 'This is what I do for a living'." — Larry Karaszewski, Golden Globe-winning Screenwriter: Ed Wood and The People vs Larry Flynt

"Ms. Van Sijll breaks down years of film school into one magnificent book. Three cheers for this clear-cut and extraordinary work." Libby Hinson, two-time Emmy winner, Humanitas nominee and winner of the 2004 New York Film Festival Award

"A valuable contribution to the art of storytelling. A must read." — Michael MacMillan, former CEO Alliance Atlantis Communications and Producer: CSI: Miami, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

"For anyone serious about writing and directing." — P.J. Haarsma, writer of The Softwire Series

"Cinematic Storytelling, as its name implies, conveys, in visual images, the most essential, most effective cinematic techniques directors and cinematographers use to tell stories. Employing classic images and accompanying text from some of the most memorable scenes in some of the most innovative films in recent times, the book is an instructive visual feast for everyone who aspires to effectively tell great stories with compelling images. Highly recommended." — Jeffrey M. Freedman, Screenwriter, Author

"This is the preeminent text for any screenwriter who is seriously thinking about directing their own screenplay. By blending classic and contemporary references, Van Sijll plants the seeds for a new generation of auteurs." — Catherine Clinch, Creative Screenwriting

"Jennifer Van Sijll's book makes a direct hit in terms of concise information and perfectly chosen visuals, but it also searches out an emotional core that many books of this nature either miss or are afraid of… this book finds it." — Kirsten Sheridan, co-writer, In America, director, Disco Pigs

"A smart, analytical guide. Van Sijll understands what makes great movies work. A first-rate roadmap and a veritable tour de force of succinct writing." — Jake Eberts, Executive Producer: Hope and Glory, Driving Miss Daisy, Dances with Wolves, A River Runs Through It, Chicken Run

About the Author:

Jennifer Van Sijll teaches screenwriting at San Francisco State. She has an MFA from USC's Department of Cinema-Television. She has worked as a script analyst for Universal Pictures, independent producers, and pay television.