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Adaptation The conceit of adaptation is that the hard work of story can be avoided by optioning a literary work and simply shifting it into a screenplay almost never the case Three Media Strengths prose novel, short story –The dramatization of inner conflict –Stream of Consciousness Theater plays, musicals, opera, ballet –The dramatization of personal conflict –Dialogue Screen film, television, internet –The dramatization of extra-personal conflict – Larger than life images First Principle of Adaptation purer the novel purer the play worse the film –If the original work is successful because it relies on the strength of its distinct medium, it makes a successful adaptation virtually impossible.
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Unformatted text preview: Adaptable Works –Look for stories where conflict is distributed on all three levels inner personal extra-personal emphasis on the extra-personal ● Many of William Shakespeare’s plays have been adapted in various forms. –Romeo and Juliet –Hamlet –Much Ado About Nothing –Taming of the Shrew The Second Principle of Adaptation ● be willing to reinvent –Turn what is mental into physical –Be willing to cut scenes, and add new ones. –Don’t worry about critics saying it’s not like the original. Adaptation & Hollywood •Producers •Being true to the author may not be a concern •Profitable film...
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