Writing Dialogue for Scripts by Rib Davis
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Writing Dialogue for Scripts
By Rib Davis

Writing Dialogue for Scripts

Effective Dialogue for Film, TV, Radio and Stage 3rd Revised edition

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Writing Dialogue for Scripts by Rib Davis

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Writing Dialogue for Scripts provides expert insight into how dialogue works. It shows what to look out for in everyday speech, and how to apply dialogue in scripts for dramatic effect. Writers learn, on the whole by trial, error and practice, and this book will help guide them on their journey. A highly practical guide, the book includes much analysis and many examples of scripted dialogue from across different media: from Pulp Fiction to Goodfellas, The English Patient and The Constant Gardner, playwrights Arthur Miller, Caryl Churchill, Michael Frayn, Alan Bennett, Alan Ayckbourn to name just a few, as well as documentaries, TV and radio shows. Chapters deal with how conversation works, naturalistic and stylised dialogue, pace and variation, scripted narration, comic dialogue and presentation. Updates to this edition includes a look at recent films including The Constant Gardener, and Transamerica, TV shows such as Extras and the award winning play The History Boys. Extended material on storytelling style narration within scripts (such as Desparate Housewives) and documentary style dialogue (David Hare's The Permanent Way) and a new section on 'Highly Stylised Dialogue' dealing with the trend toward dialogue in fantasy sequences. 'An undisputed must-have for any student of writing' David Lane, Creative Writing Lecturer, City University

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781408101346
ISBN-10: 1408101343
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 135mm x 16mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: A & C Black Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 30-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Writing Dialogue for Scripts by Rib Davis Writing Dialogue for Scripts, Paperback (October 2016)

"Including new case-study examples from shows and films such as Breaking Bad, Girls and In Bruges, this is a fully updated new edition of the bestselling guide to writing dialogue for stage, television, radio and film"--

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Author Biography - Rib Davis

Award-winning writer, Rib Davis, has had over 50 scripts performed on screen, radio and stage and has worked as a script reader for both the BBC and Arts Council of Great Britain.

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