Adapting for the Screen
April 12, 2018 — June 14, 2018
Thursdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m. / 10 Sessions
Want to turn a book or real-life story into a screenplay? Novels, short stories, comics, plays, and non-fiction all present unique challenges to screenwriters. Can a script be both entertaining and factually accurate? How can a work of literature be translated into a visual medium? Must the screenwriter be loyal to the originator? This class focuses on effective methods for navigating these tricky waters so the adaptation process is productive and rewarding. Class members will develop their own projects for discussion, review and instructor feedback. The takeaway is a solid start and a roadmap to finishing an adapted screenplay.
Topics will include:
Discerning Cinematic Elements
Fact vs. Fiction
What to Include and What to Leave Out
Biopics and Period Dramas
Poetic License and Embellishing
Public Domain and Public Figures
Optioning Source Material
Rights and Clearances
Prerequisites: None (though Screenwriting Fundamentals or knowledge of screenwriting will be helpful).