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Adaptation: from Page to Screen

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Skriva Writing School

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

25 Palmerston Place

Edinburgh

EH12 5AP

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Saturdays 10.00am to 4.00pm January/February/March/April/May (last Saturday of each month)

Nearly 50% of all films and television productions are adaptations from another source. Filmmakers and screenwriters get a story ready-made but have to tackle what belongs on screen and what will work for a viewing audience.

Perhaps you have completed some of our prose workshops or have a short story or novel that you are interested in adapting. Need to know if it will work on film? And how do you go about translating it from the page to the screen?

In this course, we will look at the challenges of turning a short story, a novel, even a poem into a story that will work on screen. We’ll look at examples that have worked and even some that haven’t. And turn our hands to adapting your projects.

We will look at:

  • Let's be filmmakers: What’s the difference between a book and a film? What are the challenges of taking a story from one medium to another? We will workshop a couple of short literary works as films. Just how easy or difficult is it?
  • The Storyteller’s Voice: Finding the angle on source material is the first important step in any successful adaptation. Working with different sources, you will be shown how to identify the protagonist, point of view in the story and how to deal with narration.
  • Should it stay or should it go? Some book sources are 500 pages long; others are just a few pages or a few paragraphs of a news story. Some exist as an interactive audio-visual game. You will workshop different ways of shortening and lengthening material while retaining the essence of the story.
  • Writing for the screen: in this session we will learn to look at scenes from the source material the way the camera does. What can setting, mood and pace do for you? And how do you turn a character’s interior journey inside out?
  • Writing synopses, treatments, step outlines and script: these are the mechanics of presenting your source material in its new screen form

Students will work up ideas and, over the course of 5 months, develop a project of their own in a supportive workshop environment.

Classes will be a combination of tutor led workshop, reading of work, and peer critique. You must be willing to do your own writing outside of the classroom meetings.

Workshop dates:

  • Saturday 27 January 2018

  • Saturday 24 February 2018

  • Saturday 24 March 2018

  • Saturday 28 April 2018

  • Saturday 26 May 2018

Who’s the course for? Both prose writers and screenwriters are welcome.

Tutor: Douglas Dougan began his career writing for series television at BBC, Channel Five & ITV (Casualty, Family Affairs, Doctors, River City, The Bill). In 2006, he set up Fluid Eye Productions, an independent production company based in Edinburgh. Among their credits are the BAFTA award-winning Run, Tony, Run! and BBC Three Award winner Mono. He has also created the CITV series Zoe’s Point of View. Douglas works regularly as a script editor and script consultant on UK film and television productions including the multi-BAFTA award winning dramas Margaret, Small Island, Five Minutes of Heaven, Occupation, Sex ‘n’ Drugs ‘n’ Rock & Roll and '71. Douglas is currently scripting an adaptation for BBC America.

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