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The Total Filmmaker: thinking of screenwriting, directing and editing as one role.

Knudsen, E., 2016. The Total Filmmaker: thinking of screenwriting, directing and editing as one role. New writing: the international journal for the practice and theory of creative writing, 13 (1), 109-129.

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DOI: 10.1080/14790726.2016.1142571


As screenwriting continues to establish itself as a discrete discipline in academia, either in alignment with creative writing departments or film and media practice departments, there is a danger that such developments may entrench a distancing of the craft from the cinematic form itself and that such a distancing may ultimately reinforce the screenplay's propensity for dramaturgy and the dramatic, rather than the sensory and experiential of the cinematic. Closely related creative stages in telling cinematic stories include directing and editing and this article seeks to argue, with reference to personal screen practice, that screenwriting, directing and editing are, in fact, three variations of the same thing. The article proposes the notion of the Total Filmmaker who embraces all three aspects of the cinematic storyteller. If the ultimate aim is to create a narrative that fully utilises the unique properties of the cinematic form in telling a story, rather than being dominated by the theatricality of dramatically driven classical narratives. How might one explore the relationship between screenwriting, directing and editing? Can an integrated approach to creating the cinematic blueprint change the way we think of pedagogy and screenwriting?

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Authorship; collaboration; creativity; pedagogy; writing; screenwriting
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:23174
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:01 Mar 2016 12:07
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:54

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