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The Art of Adaptation: Turning Fact and Fiction Into Film

The Art of Adaptation: Turning Fact and Fiction Into Film

Linda Seger

ISBN: 9780805016260

Adaptations have long been the mainstay of Hollywood films--not only books, but also short stories, plays, musicals, and true-life experiences. This comprehensive, step-by-step handbook for both aspiring and already established screenwriters draws on examples from well-known adaptations and includes interviews with some of today's top screenwriters.

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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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