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WRITING THE PHOTOPLAY

by

J. BERG ESENWEIN Editor of "The Writer's Monthly"

and

ARTHUR LEEDS Late Editor of Scripts, Edison Studio

The Writer's Library Edited by J. Berg Esenwein

Revised Edition

The Home Correspondence School Springfield, Mass. Publishers Copyright 1913 Copyright 1919 The Home Correspondence School All Rights Reserved

[Illustration: The Lasky Studio of the Famous Players Lasky Corporation, Hollywood, California]

Table of Contents

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CHAPTER I WHAT IS A PHOTOPLAY? 1

CHAPTER II WHO CAN WRITE PHOTOPLAYS? 5

CHAPTER III PHOTOPLAY TERMS 17

CHAPTER IV THE PHOTOPLAY SCRIPT: ITS COMPONENT PARTS 29

CHAPTER V A SAMPLE PHOTOPLAY FORM 34

CHAPTER VI THE MECHANICAL PREPARATION OF THE SCRIPT 55

CHAPTER VII THE TITLE 72

CHAPTER VIII THE SYNOPSIS OF THE PLOT 87

CHAPTER IX THE CAST OF CHARACTERS 111

CHAPTER X THE SCENARIO OR CONTINUITY 131

CHAPTER XI THE SCENE PLOT AND ITS PURPOSE 204

CHAPTER XII THE USE AND ABUSE OF LEADERS, LETTERS AND OTHER INSERTS 218

CHAPTER XIII THE PHOTOPLAY STAGE AND ITS PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS 245

CHAPTER XIV HOW TO GATHER IDEAS FOR PLOTS 255

CHAPTER XV WHAT YOU CANNOT WRITE 267

CHAPTER XVI WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT WRITE 282

CHAPTER XVII WHAT YOU SHOULD WRITE 304

CHAPTER XVIII THE TREATMENT OF COMEDY 324

CHAPTER XIX GETTING THE NEW TWIST 347

CHAPTER XX COMPLETE FIVE REEL PHOTOPLAY SCRIPT "EVERYBODY'S GIRL" 363

CHAPTER XXI MARKETING THE PHOTOPLAY SCRIPT 408

APPENDIX A 416

APPENDIX B 417

GENERAL INDEX 418

List of Illustrations

The Lasky Studio of the Famous Players Lasky Corporation, Hollywood, California Frontispiece

Page

Producing a Big Scene in the Selig Yard

Film Drying Room in a Film Factory 8

Essanay Producing Yard; Two Interior Sets Being Arranged for a Historical Drama

Players Waiting for their Cues in the Glass Enclosed Selig Studio 58

Paint Frame on Which Scenery is Painted

Checking "Extras" Used in Rex Beach's Photodrama, "The Brand" 108

View of Stage, Lubin Studio, Los Angeles, California

Wardrobe Room in a Photoplay Studio 158

The Reception of King Robert of Sicily by His Brother, the Pope

Same Set, with Players Getting Ready for Action 208

William S. Hart with Part of His Supporting Company

Harry Beaumont Directing Fight Scene in "A Man and His Money" 258

Arrangement of Electric Lights in a Photoplay Studio

An Actor's Dressing Room in the Selig Studio 308

Preparing to Take Three Scenes at Once in a Daylight Studio 358

CHAPTER I

WHAT IS A PHOTOPLAY?

As its title indicates, this book aims to teach the theory and practice of photoplay construction. This we shall attempt by first pointing out its component parts, and then showing how these parts are both constructed and assembled so as to form a strong, well built, attractive and salable manuscript... Continue reading book >>




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