Listen in as Pen Densham, Hollywood producer, writer, and director, talks about the right way to initiate contact with people as the start to getting your book onto the screen.
Morris Ruskin, CEO and Founder of Shoreline Entertainment, discusses how animated films (a fast growing segment of the Hollywood scene) offer enormous flexibility when telling a story because you can do things in animation that can't be done in live action films. Writers should not overlook this segment of Hollywood as a possible means to adapting their stories for larger audiences.
Pulitzer winning science author Deborah Blum discusses the topic of writing a thriller, and what it means when your murderer uses poison.
Forensic RN and author Serita Stevens talks about the differences between writing for a book and writing for television and film.
The key to writing dialogue in any format is to make it believable and consistent. Dialogue is critical to both character and plot development, so it must be relatable. Writer and producer, Annelise Dekker, advises that at the core of every story is a human story, and writers need to capitalize on this, especially if their goal is to have their book adapted to a film. The audience wants to connect, whether relating to emotions or experiences - it's up to the writer to create that connection.
The entire process of looking for, and adapting material for screen is considered "development" in the film and television industry. Writer and producer, Annelise Dekker, explains that once material is identified for adaptation, it enters into a long process of translating it to a screenplay. The source material can really come from anywhere - as long as there is a good story line it can potentially translate well to the screen. Books can be great source material, but the development process often involves determining what needs to change to make it ready for screen.
Bestselling mystery writer Cara Black shares why she loves writing mysteries that explore the social and emotional impact related to the tragedy of murder. She also describes her approach to structuring a murder mystery. Do you know who your villain is at the beginning of your project? What is the role of the villain in storytelling? Do you write from the start of the story or the end? This is an amazing interview full of detailed insights from a bestselling author. You won't want to miss this segment.
Media Arts Instructor, Dan Wantanabe, talks about adapting a book into a screenplay and discusses details that make for a great novel versus a film.
Books and films are two very different mediums, which is why the process of story editing is so important when adapating a book to screen. As screenwriter, Brian Dillon, explains, adapting a book to screen may require drastic changes in the story line when all of the content and details will not translate well to a screenplay. The story editing process typically involves identifying the heart of the story and what matters most to the story line. Eliminating elements or merging characters can sometimes be challenging, but necessary for a successful translation.
Books and films are two very different mediums and serve different purposes for their audiences. The adaptation process from book to screen usually involves paring down the story to make it palatable for a viewing audience, as writer and producer, Annelise Dekker, explains. This may involve merging characters, eliminating characters or scenes, or making the story arc more precise.
Forensic RN and author Serita Stevens discusses how her background of forensic nursing helped shape her writing career.
Mystery author Serita Stevens explains how a background in forensics shaped her writing career.