Modern Photoplay Writing, Its Craftsmanship; A Manual Demonstrating The Structural And Dramatic…

Paperback | January 11, 2012

byHoward T. Dimick

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1922. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Modern Photoplay Writing Its Craftsmanship Chapter XXII Practicability, Expense And Commercialism* Commercialism is regarded as the bane of all arts, but commercialism is a safety-valve, a regulator, which, while it may set a low standard, prevents much distorted and fantastic work from reaching the screen in the name of photodrama. Just think what would happen if commercialism were suddenly to be removed from the industry! Think of the invasion of incompetents, the "futurists" or "free versifiers" of the screen! The public would not get what it wants, but what these new arbiters adjudged it should have. There is a serious doubt that the art would, on the whole, be any the better off. For there are as many inferior or misshapen mentalities engaged in trying to write photoplays as there are engaged in their production. All this is, in no sense, a defense of commercialism PER SE; for what has been said of commercialism is said solely in relation to standards. Since, when we consider that it sets a mark, a standard, we cannot deny it an advantage. On the other hand, it has grave drawbacks in the case of the photoplay. The photoplay author is compelled 'Several books treat of photoplay ART, but often are erroneous in certain aesthetic premises. to have his work passed on by the producers themselves. There are no EDITORS in the true meaning; Mr. Woodenhead, who invests the money for production, is the final thumbs-up or thumbsdown in the fate of any submitted script. Sometimes a stock-holding star may have a voice; often not. The trouble with this system is that the producers are usually not authors or actors; they know the art of buying or selling but not the art of authorship. They do NOT know what the public wants; they do not know how to evaluate a really origina...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1922. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Modern Photoplay Writing Its Craftsmanship Chapter XXII Practicability, Expense And Commercialism* Commercialism is regarded as the b...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217317782

ISBN - 13:9780217317788

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