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Cinematic Storytelling

Jennifer Van Sijll

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
  • How filmmakers marry story and technique

Illustrated by over 500 frame grabs and 76 script excerpts.

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Cinematic Storytelling
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Pages: 257
ISBN: 1-932907-05-X


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