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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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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


1. Beyond the Rules Adaptation
2. Fundamentals of Adaptation
3. Adapting Jim Day’s “Karelia”

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

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”


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