By Steven Price (auth.)
The screenplay is at present the focal point of in depth serious re-examination, notwithstanding, as but there was no accomplished research of its old improvement. overseas in scope and putting emphasis at the improvement and diversity of screenplay texts themselves, this ebook should be an incredible and leading edge addition to the present literature.
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Appointing the Explorers and Servants Farewell. Scene 3. The Workshops: Constructing the Projectile. Scene 4. The Foundries. The Chimneystacks. The Casting of the Monster Gun. Scene 5. The Astronomers Enter the Shell. Scene 6. Loading the Gun. Scene 7. The Monster Gun. March Past the Gunners. Fire!!! Saluting the Flag. Scene 8. The Flight Through Space. Approaching the Moon. Scene 9. Landed Right in the Eye!!! Scene 10. Flight of the Shell into the Moon. Appearance of the Earth from the Moon. Scene 11.
This in itself is unremarkable: intertitles would be created in postproduction, need not correspond to those in the scenario, and could be omitted or added at will. The problem is that the scene in the ﬁlm is performed in pantomime: no words (in intertitle or otherwise) are exchanged, and instead the Landlord indicates with a resigned parting of the hands that he has no room available, followed with a gesture to indicate the direction in which Joseph should go to ﬁnd lodgings. Consequently, neither the scene text nor the dialogue text of the scenario corresponds satisfactorily to what is seen on the screen.
Dickson began preparations for a version of Rip Van Winkle, based on a stage adaptation by Joseph Jefferson of Washington Irving’s story. 20 This certainly makes Rip Van Winkle of historical interest and, although it is pushing the claim a little far, one might even accept that Jefferson’s play ‘survives—if not as a true screenplay—then certainly as an important ﬁlm-related production text from 1896’. But Jefferson’s work was written for the stage; there is no evidence that he intended to translate it to another medium, or that either he or Dickson produced a new, written text from which Dickson worked in creating the ﬁlm.
A History of the Screenplay by Steven Price (auth.)