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Williams, Eric R. Screen Adaptation: Beyond the Basics. Techniques for Adapting Books, Comics, and Real-Life Stories into Screenplays. London, New York: Routledge, 2018. 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-138-94885-3
BibTeX citation key: Williams2018a
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Categories: General
Keywords: Adaptation, Film adaptation
Creators: Williams
Publisher: Routledge (London, New York)
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Abstract
Once you understand the basics of screenwriting, ideas for your next screenplay are everywhere. Whether it comes from a favorite children’s book, a summer novel you discover accidentally, a news story that catches your imagination, or a chapter from your own life — advanced screenwriting strategies should now guide you through your first adaptation. In Screen Adaptation: Beyond the Basics, award-winning screenwriter Eric Williams uses examples from award-winning screenplays to explain new storytelling techniques. His real-world examples illustrate a range of advanced approaches — including new ways to identify and craft tension, how to reimagine structure and character, and how to strengthen emotional depth in your characters and in the audience. Screen Adaptation: Beyond the Basics teaches readers new ways to engage with source material in order to make successful adaptation decisions, regardless of the source material.
The book offers:
  • Three detailed examples of award-winning adaptations by the author, including the complete short story and final scripts used in the Voices From the Heartland project;
  • Breakout boxes highlighting modern and historical adaptations and providing examples for each concept discussed in the book;
  • More than fifty charts providing easy-to-use visual representations of complex concepts;
  • New screenwriting techniques developed by the author, including the Triangle of Knowledge, the Storyteller’s Parallax, and the idea of Super Genres as part of a Screenwriters Taxonomy.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

SECTION ONE: BASIC PRACTICES
1. Beyond the Rules Adaptation
2. Fundamentals of Adaptation
3. Adapting Jim Day’s “Karelia”

SECTION TWO: INTERMEDIATE PRACTICES
4. Recognizing your Genre
5. Strengthening your Emotional Center
6. Utilizing your Characters’ Motivation and Dialogue
7. Adapting Jo Weiss’ “The Pool”

SECTION THREE: ADVANCED PRACTICES
8. Thematic Approaches
9. Reshaping Structure
10. Crafting and Honing Tension
11. The Triangle of Knowledge
12. Adapting Damion Armentrout’s “So the Young Enter the World”

Index
Bio


  
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