adapting a book to a movie script

Adapting Book to Screenplay

Notes from the Margins: Adapting a Book Into a Screenplay

Writing novels and writing screenplays require two very different skill sets, both learnable with time and practice. And with the flourishing amount of books turned into films these days, it’s something you should probably look into. Before you try adapting a book into a screenplay – your own book or someone else’s – you need to...

Adaptation- Never Come Morning

Script Gods Must Die: Adaptation, Never Come Morning

Some time ago I worked on a project, Never Come Morning, Nelson Algren’s second novel about Polish youths gangs in 1940’s Chicago. Some history: I adapted the book into a play. This had a five-month run with Prop Theater, Chicago. It won awards. Never Come Morning was the complete package. World—story—characters, all were intact....

Public Domain

Legally Speaking, It Depends: What Is Public Domain?

By Christopher Schiller It might surprise some people to learn that for creative works, public domain is the default state. Copyright is a relatively recent aberration (in the grand timeframe of written history) granted for limited time and purposes in only certain, predefined cases. If there isn’t a specific statutory stipulation for the subject...

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Adaptations: The Yellow Brick Road to An Academy Award?

Many beloved films have come from adaptations throughout the years. This is more common in Hollywood than you may think. Some think of using adaptations for screenplays as fodder for the “lazy writer” who couldn’t come up with an idea of his or her own. Contrary to this belief, adaptations have been prevalent among...

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Adapting for the Screen: Heaven and Hell

Adapting a novel to a screenplay can be heaven or hell, and it’s usually a little of each. Why is adapting a joy?  For most screenwriters, the problems of adapting a book are outweighed by the joys of working with very rich source material. Novelists put in so much work to create vivid characters,...