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.
By Eric R. Williams Routledge 308 pages Paperback: 9781138948860 pub: 2017-07-26
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments Dedication Preface SECTION ONE: BASIC PRACTICES
- Understanding Adaptation
- Fundamentals of Adaptation
- Adapting Jim Day’s "Karelia"
- Recognizing your Genre
- Strengthening your Emotional Center
- Utilizing your Characters’ Motivation and Dialogue
- Adapting Jo Weiss’ "The Pool"
- Thematic Approaches
- Reshaping Structure
- Crafting and Honing Tension
- The Triangle of Knowledge
- Adapting Damion Armentrout’s "So the Young Enter the World"
Reviews"As a professional screenwriter and professor of film and media arts for the past 20 years, Eric Williams has been involved in the adaptation process many times over. Using his own personal experiences along with examples of well-known adapted works, Mr. Williams has crafted an invaluable guide to the screen adaptation process." —Rob Levine, Grateful Films
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