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Television Production, 16th Edition by Jim Owens

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Chapter 5The Script and Production Plan

“Stories can take us places of which we can only dream. An audience will suspend their disbelief in order to be swept into a story. We have to put aside the idea that ‘men can’t fly’ to enjoy Superman.”

—Barry Cook, Director (Mulan and Arthur Christmas)

“The stage loves words; television and the cinema love movement. The goal is to say what you want to say in the briefest way possible. If that means taking out an entire speech and replacing it with an arched eyebrow, do so. If you have to choose between the two, the arched eyebrow probably packs the greatest punch. A nod speaks volumes; a facial tick can bring down an empire. This approach can guide writers to write more effective dialogue in all genres. ...

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