The Art of Screenwriting : Adaptation
With Phil Alden Robinson (Sneakers, Field Of Dreams) & Robert Nelson Jacobs (The Shipping News, Chocolat) & Eric Roth (Lucky You, Ali, The Horse Whisperer, Forrest Gump, The Postman)
This program teaches highlighting the good parts and trouble spots, research, visualizing and dramatization, non-fiction vs. fiction, the echo effect, online reasearch vs. physical, changing directions, genre material, staying fresh and externalizing characters' thoughts. Subjects covered include: What to include. How to avoid the 200 page screenplay. How faithful should you be to the original? Is it easier to adapt fiction or non-fiction, trash or art? Which books, plays and stories will make good movies. How to rectify problems without alienating a book's fans?