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Cinema Craftsmanship


Cinema Craftsmanship

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    Frances Taylor Patterson
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER VII WRITING :A SYNOPSIS FOR THE PHOTOPLAY MARKET The word " synopsis" when applied to the photoplay has a highly specialized meaning. Continuity writing in the last few years has become a profession in itself, and the writer thereof needs long and careful training before he can handle a script successfully. Not every chance person can write out a plot of action. But precisely because everyone was attempting it, because scenario writing was becoming the most popular form of " indoor sport," because the companies were swamped with bits of script from the butcher, the baker, the candle-stick maker, who had absolutely no idea of the technique, of the form, of the camera, or of the procedure in the business of making a photoplay, because even the school children sent in dog-eared scraps of paper narrating stories laboriously copied out of library books, the companies delivered the ultimatum that scenarios were no longer acceptable. Writers must submit their ideas in synopsis form, and if they were purchased the company would farm out the continuity to scenarioists whose skill had been tried and proved. This ultimatum still holds good, but it is a protective measure, however, of which prospective writers of the photoplays need not complain. Although the writercannot sell his continuity he can market his ability to write continuity. If he can become a trained and clever scenarioist he will never find any difficulty in getting work from the companies as a staff continuity writer. But if the author finds no interest in that phase of the work, if he prefers to write original stories rather than to adapt the creations of other peoples' brains to screen needs, the " extended synopsis" offers all the opportunity he needs for marketing his story. If he is wise he will use th...  
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