A textbook, essentially, by the director of Sweet Smell of Success Alexander Mackendrick. This caught my interest because of the matter-of-fact talk about film grammar in the second half, but the first half was almost more interesting: I didn’t expect much new from the chapters on constructing narrative, but there’s lots of good practical advice with a different emphasis from what you find in most fiction textbooks. Recommended.
Welcome to my site — I'm glad you're here. I’m a writer, editor, translator, traveler, web designer, photographer, critic, storytelling consultant, and social entrepreneur. I’ve published two novels and a book of film criticism, launched Germany's first online literary journal, founded the writers' community Fictionaut, and started West Africa's first vegetarian food service. I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Ph.D. in English. I've lived in New York City, New Orleans, Mississippi, Wiesbaden, Germany, and the Dominican Republic, and currently divide my time between Dakar and Berlin.