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Adaptation: What Turns a Great Book into an Award-Winning Movie or TV Show?

Date:
Friday, August 3
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
St. Helen’s D

Ever finished reading a great book and thought to yourself… this would make an awesome movie or television show? Or maybe you’ve written a book that Hollywood executives would love? Or perhaps you’ve written a fantastic spec script, but you’re wondering if it might find more of an audience as a novel? In this seminar, we’ll dive into the process of adapting books-to-film from the writer’s perspective. We’ll compare & contrast the two different artistic mediums of books & films by breaking them down into their most basic elements and unpacking their content. We’ll talk about the challenges and creative opportunities inherent in adapting a piece of material from a literary property into a visual one, or vice versa. We’ll also discuss strategies, tactics, and cinematic devices that are available in the writer’s toolkit when adapting a book for film.



Instructor

Allison Reid

Allison Margaret Reid is a producer, screenwriter, and script consultant. Most recently, she served as the Director of Development on the feature film side of Ridley Scott’s production company, Scott Free, where she participated in the development of a number of projects during her four-year tenure, including Golden Globe winner THE MARTIAN (2015). Prior to joining Scott Free, she was a Story Editor for producer Beau Flynn (SAN ANDREAS, HERCULES) and gain valuable production experience on the film TWO NIGHT STAND (2014). Originally from Atlanta, GA, she holds a BA in Critical Studies from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and in currently pursuing her MFA in Writing for Film & Television at Emerson College.

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