Jesse King, Inclusive Screenwriting for Film and Television, Routledge, 2022.
Breaking down the traditional structures of screenplays in an innovative and progressive way, while also investigating the ways in which screenplays have been traditionally told, this book interrogates how screenplays can be written to reflect the diverse life experiences of real people.
Author Jess King explores how existing paradigms of screenplays often exclude the very people watching films and TV today. Taking aspects such as characterization, screenplay structure, and world-building, King offers ways to ensure your screenplays are inclusive and allow for every person’s story to be heard. In addition to examples ranging from Sorry to Bother You to Portrait of a Lady on Fire, four case studies on Killing Eve, Sense8, I May Destroy You, and Vida ground the theoretical work in practical application. The book highlights the ways in which screenplays can authentically represent and uplift the lived experiences of those so often left out of the narrative, such as the LGBTQIA+ community, women, and people of color. The book addresses a current demand for more inclusive and progressive representation in film and TV and equips screenwriters with the tools to ensure their screenplays tell authentic stories, oﬀering innovative ways to reimagine current screenwriting practice towards radical equity and inclusion.
This is a timely and necessary book that brings the critical lenses of gender studies, queer theory, and critical race studies to bear on the practice of screenwriting, ideal for students of screenwriting, aspiring screenwriters, and industry professionals alike.
Jess King is an Instructor of Screenwriting and Cinema Production at DePaul University, USA. Jess is an educator, scholar, and interdisciplinary filmmaker, teaching courses in screenwriting, independent television, and ﬁlm analysis. King’s creative scholarship revolves around frameworks for reimagining screenwriting for inclusion and social justice.
Table of contents
Part One: Towards a Critique of Screenwriting
Chapter One: Screenplay Manuals and the Homogenization of the Imagination
Chapter Two: Reimagining Character
Chapter Three: Rethinking the Role of Conflict
Chapter Four: Changing the Narrative (Structure)
Chapter Five: On World-building
Part Two: Towards an Inclusive and Intersectional Practice of Screenwriting
Chapter Six: From Killing Eve to an Eve Who Kills
Chapter Seven: Queer and Trans World-Building in Sense8
Chapter Eight: The Explicit and Specific Politics of Vida
Chapter Nine: The Generative Power of Paradigm Destruction in I May Destroy You
Conclusion: A Way Forward