The Art of Adaptation: Turning Fact And Fiction Into Film

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Macmillan, Feb 15, 1992 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 238 pages
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Adaptations have long been a mainstay of Hollywood and the television networks. Indeed, most Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning films have been adaptations of novels, plays, or true-life stories. Linda Seger, author of two acclaimed books on scriptwriting, now offers a comprehensive handbook for screenwriters, producers, and directors who want to successfully transform fictional or factual material into film. Seger tells how to analyze source material to understand why some of it resists adaptation. She then gives practical methods for translating story, characters, themes, and style into film. A final section details essential information on how to adapt material and how to protect oneself legally

 

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Contents

WITH MANY THANKS
7
Whats the Problem?
11
Creating the Second Original
75
Exploring the Theme
138
Creating and Shading Style Mood and Tone
156
Twice ToldTwice Sold
175
Writing a Docudrama for Television
206
Afterword
219
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About the author (1992)

Linda Seger has been a script consultant since 1981, working with writers, directors, producers, and companies throughout the world, including Tony Bill, William Kelley, TriStar Pictures, and the New Zealand Film Commission. She has given seminars for ABC and CBS television networks, Embassy Television, the "MacGyver" series, and for producers and writers in Rome, London, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Dr. Seger is the author of Making a Good Script Great and Creating Unforgettable Characters.