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Ken Dancyger

Ken Dancyger is the author of numerous books on screenwriting, editing, and production. He conducts screenwriting forums and workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia. A past chair of Undergraduate studies in the Department of Film and Television at NYU, he is currently Professor of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Jeff Rush

Jeff Rush is an associate professor at Temple University's Department of Film & Media Arts. He has served as director of the MFA program and as Department Chair in Film & Media Arts. He received an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from the American Film Institute and an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop. In addition to teaching, Jeff has worked as a freelance screenwriter and has published numerous articles and books. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Alternative Scriptwriting : Beyond the Hollywood Formula

Focal Press, 2013

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... W orking with Genre I O ne of the most observable characteristics of American fi lm is the continuing strength of genres or story forms. Genre is more than formula. More often, it is a type of story that has a visceral appeal to its...

Let Me Tell You a Story

Barry Braverman

Barry Braverman is a cinematographer with over thirty years experience in television documentaries and feature films. His credits include Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), as well as National Geographic TV Specials, HBO's 'First Look' and CBS News' Sunday Morning. Braverman is a member of the Hollywood Cinematographer Guild and conducts regular 2D and 3D camera workshops around the world. He lives in Studio City, California. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Video Shooter : Mastering Storytelling Techniques

Focal Press, 2014

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... L et Me Tell You a Story 2 P ressing a camera to your eye and framing a good story is no different from relating a tale around a campfi re or writing the great American novel. Fundamentally, we are embarking on the same journey...

The Director

Clifford Thurlow

Clifford Thurlow is a writer and independent filmmaker. He co-produced Salvador Dali: A Biography and co-produced and presented The Dali Triangle for Yellowbay Films. The winner of a screenwriting award from EMDA, the European Media Development Award, his screenplay Zeitgeist is in development with Hub Media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Max Thurlow

Max Thurlow is a journalist who has written for a number of publications including the Daily Mail and the Independent. He has shot, edited and screened a number of travel and short films. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Making Short Films : The complete guide from script to screen

Bloomsbury, 2013

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... The Director The writer has labored over his ten, descriptive, lively but tightly-written pages, and the producer hands this precious object to the director. It is hardly surprising that writers want to direct their own work...

War Stories & Advice From the Trenches

Danny Draven

Danny Draven is an award-winning independent producer/director/writer who has directed over six horror features. From slasher movies to supernatural thrillers, his films have gained a cult following worldwide. His movies include Horrorvision, Hell Asylum, Cryptz, Stuart Gordon Presents: Deathbed, Darkwalker, and Ghost Month. His first film, Horrorvision, appeared on the Sci-Fi channel's William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night. Draven also won the Best Director award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival for his film Ghost Month. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead : A Mortal’s Guide to Making Horror Movies

Focal Press, 2016

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... WAR STORIES & ADVICE FROM THE TRENCHES “A film is a boat which is always on the point of sinking—it always tends to break up as you go along and drag you under with it.” —fRANçOIS TRUffAUT Independent filmmaking can be stressful...

Back from the Dead

Danny Draven

Danny Draven is an award-winning independent producer/director/writer who has directed over six horror features. From slasher movies to supernatural thrillers, his films have gained a cult following worldwide. His movies include Horrorvision, Hell Asylum, Cryptz, Stuart Gordon Presents: Deathbed, Darkwalker, and Ghost Month. His first film, Horrorvision, appeared on the Sci-Fi channel's William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night. Draven also won the Best Director award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival for his film Ghost Month. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Genre Filmmaking : A Visual Guide to Shots and Style

Focal Press, 2013

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... What does it look like? It’s any unexpected moment when a character is presumed dead but jumps back to life for one last attack. How’s it done? It’s shot and framed in a way that sets up the attack for maximum surprise. The “back...

Bonus Interview With Danny Draven

Danny Draven

Danny Draven is an award-winning independent producer/director/writer who has directed over six horror features. From slasher movies to supernatural thrillers, his films have gained a cult following worldwide. His movies include Horrorvision, Hell Asylum, Cryptz, Stuart Gordon Presents: Deathbed, Darkwalker, and Ghost Month. His first film, Horrorvision, appeared on the Sci-Fi channel's William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night. Draven also won the Best Director award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival for his film Ghost Month. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead : A Mortal’s Guide to Making Horror Movies

Focal Press, 2016

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... BONUS INTERVIEW WITH DANNY DRAVEN Excerpts of this interview were used in Discovery Channel Magazine, issue 1408 (2014), for the cover story on horror called “Behind the Door: The Science Behind Horror” written by Daniel Seifert...

Fantasy, Childhood and Entertainment

James Walters

Tom Brown is Senior Lecturer in Film at King's College London, UK. He is co-editor, with James Bennett, of Film and Television After DVD (2008). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fantasy Film : A Critical Introduction

Berg, 2011

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...Questions of Value A significant strand of fantasy cinema features a close association with and strong investment in concepts of childhood. From Cecil Hepworth’s 1903 adaptation of Alice in Wonderland to Victor Fleming’s The Wizard of Oz...

Danger at the Door

Danny Draven

Danny Draven is an award-winning independent producer/director/writer who has directed over six horror features. From slasher movies to supernatural thrillers, his films have gained a cult following worldwide. His movies include Horrorvision, Hell Asylum, Cryptz, Stuart Gordon Presents: Deathbed, Darkwalker, and Ghost Month. His first film, Horrorvision, appeared on the Sci-Fi channel's William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night. Draven also won the Best Director award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival for his film Ghost Month. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Genre Filmmaking : A Visual Guide to Shots and Style

Focal Press, 2013

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... What does it look like? It’s any shot where the door is the only thing in between the character and the evil pursuing them. The shot is intensi- fied by the door slowly being broken apart by an object (e.g., knife, axe) or a human...

Jaws of Death

Danny Draven

Danny Draven is an award-winning independent producer/director/writer who has directed over six horror features. From slasher movies to supernatural thrillers, his films have gained a cult following worldwide. His movies include Horrorvision, Hell Asylum, Cryptz, Stuart Gordon Presents: Deathbed, Darkwalker, and Ghost Month. His first film, Horrorvision, appeared on the Sci-Fi channel's William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night. Draven also won the Best Director award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival for his film Ghost Month. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Genre Filmmaking : A Visual Guide to Shots and Style

Focal Press, 2013

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... What does it look like? This shot puts the camera inside of a person and/or crea- ture’s mouth. The shot usually has teeth in the foreground to emphasize the threat. The shot usually starts on black and opens to reveal a character...

Face Off

Danny Draven

Danny Draven is an award-winning independent producer/director/writer who has directed over six horror features. From slasher movies to supernatural thrillers, his films have gained a cult following worldwide. His movies include Horrorvision, Hell Asylum, Cryptz, Stuart Gordon Presents: Deathbed, Darkwalker, and Ghost Month. His first film, Horrorvision, appeared on the Sci-Fi channel's William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night. Draven also won the Best Director award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival for his film Ghost Month. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Genre Filmmaking : A Visual Guide to Shots and Style

Focal Press, 2013

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... What does it look like? It’s any shot where the main character and the creature “face off” in a prolonged moment of suspense. How’s it done? This shot is usually framed in a two-shot and the creature is usually at a higher eye line...