Adaptations: Holding On To The Heart Of The Book

 

Pictured above are the two men who wrote Ready Player Onedefinitely one of my favorite films of the year. On the left is Zak Penn (writer of the adaptation)and on the right is Ernest Cline (writer of the novel). I’ve read the book, and watched the movie, and I love them both.

These are two very different experiences, and if you’ve been through the book and the movie you’ll understand just how vastly different they are. This brings me to my point, as long as the heart and soul of the story transferred from the book to the movie I believe it will be a successful adaptation. A lot can change in an adaptation, scenes can be moved around, characters can be taken out or changed, a story that can be told in years can be told in weeks, etc.

I used to think adaptations were a problem, and that they were ruining television and film. The film industry was flooded with them when I was in high school, and less and less original stories have been coming to the big screen. Sometimes I miss movies just being made for theaters, but we’re in a different age. I’m now under the belief that if they are done well, and they are being done very well, then they are certainly worth a watch and can become favorites and classics. I think Ready Player Oneis a perfect example of a great adaptation, so I found an article that explains why it is very well. It’s written by Perri Nemiroff at Collider: Ready Player One’ Book vs. Film: Spielberg Doesn’t Cover It All but Nails the Best Part

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Writing A Novel

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This week, I’m posting up about something pretty cool. Books! I know I mostly post about film and television, because that’s mainly my background. I love books too, and may be posting some interviews for them from time to time. I found a great article on the best resources for writing a novel. Check it out if you feel you could use some help.

Jerry Jenkins: The 12 Best Books on Writing I’ve Ever Read

The Best Horror Movies Of 2018

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It’s October, and that means scary movie time! I haven’t seen all of these, but I can without a doubt attest to the quality of the top pick, A Quiet Place. I posted a great in-depth interview a while back you can find here: Bryan Woods and Scott Beck On Writing. We’ll keep this one short and sweet so you can get straight to the list!

Here’s the link: Rotten Tomatoes: BEST (AND WORST) HORROR MOVIES OF 2018 BY TOMATOMETER

Tips On Writing Your Screenplay With A Writing Partner

6B8040F3-10CB-4815-A5E6-3B17CE98E089If you’re a writer, and aren’t doing it professionally yet, it’s time to understand that film and television are highly collaborative. I’ve done posts explaining that you have to give away your baby at some point, but never explored what it’s like to partner up with another writer. This is huge, and very important. There are many things that can go wrong in teaming up, but your screenplays can also end up better than ever in a collaboration. There are trade offs, but the point is that you can create something better with multiple minds on the job.

A few things this wonderful article goes over:

  • Choosing the right partner:
    • Someone who is honest.
    • Someone who does their share of work, and on time.
    • You can write faster as a team.
    • And more!

Check out the full article, written by Laurie Donahue at Movie Maker: Secrets of Successful Screenwriting Teams: How to Avoid Bloodshed When Writing a Script With a Partner

Writing Comedy Gold

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How do you write a good comedy? Don’t try! Just get someone else to write it for you!

Okay, you want to actually do it for yourself, and learn and grow as a person? I’ve got some great news for you. I’m providing an article based off of The Hangover that will give you some great tips on how to do just that.

Writing a good comedy is actually much easier than you think once you know the rules. A few tips from this great article by H. R. D’Costa over at Scribe Meets World :

  • Employ reversals
  • Create a big build up
  • The importance of locations
  • and more!

Make sure to check out this wonderful article: How to Write a Comedy Script: Screenwriting Tips from The Hangover

Jerry Seinfeld’s Unbeatable Writing Method – Don’t Break The Chain

Today is a very simple, but very effective post. We’re going to share a writing method called “Don’t Break the Chain.” The idea is simple as can be. Write every day, and make sure to make your progress very visible. Jerry uses a big calendar that goes right on his wall, and marks a big “X” through the calendar when he’s done writing for the day. When you break that chain you feel bad, and you don’t want to feel bad do you?

More on the psychology of why this is such a great help: The Writer’s Store – Don’t Break the Chain – Jerry Seinfeld’s Method for Creative Success

Setting Good Writing Goals

Setting the proper writing goals can be incredibly challenging, especially if you don’t know what works for you. What works for some writers very well may not work for you at all, leaving you scratching your head. Some writers say it’s best to count words, others say it’s best to count pages, and other writers say they sit down for a certain amount of time each day. There is no one method, which is great news, because if one way doesn’t work another will.

Here’s a great article about setting proper writing deadlines: Script – BALLS OF STEEL: 5 Lessons on Getting Real with Your Writing Goals

Try setting a writing goal for yourself to see if it works. If it does, that’s wonderful, but if not try something else. If you truly want to be a writer, you’ll find a way. This article is full of great tips to get you going.