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The Healthy Edit by John Rosenberg

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Chapter 13

Genetics

Story Problems Inherent in the Screenplay

Film is a translation process. Each of the main creative participants has his or her approach to the material. The writer envisions the story from a blank page. She populates it with characters tormented by deep needs and overwhelming obstacles. She drives the plot toward an exciting climax and resolution. She gives birth to the beast. The director and director of photography transform the writer’s words into performance and images through well-conceived camera work. The actors and settings bring life to the dormant words upon the page. And the editor takes all those images, all the action and dialog, and shapes them into a compelling structure propelled by a strong pace and rhythm. ...

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