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FILM 422: Business of Film

Essential resources for finding articles and considerations for adapting texts for film.

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Considerations for Adapting Stories

What's the story?

  • What are the most important aspects of the story?
  • Will events unfold chronologically?
  • How much additional research will you need to conduct for context and character development?

Who are the main characters?

  • From whose perspective will the story be told?
  • Who are the protagonist(s) and the antagonist(s)?
  • Who are not crucial to the telling of the story?

What is the theme or moral of the story?

  • What should your audience learn from the adaptation?
  • Will your intended audience connect with the story?
  • Why is the story worth telling today?

What is the tone or mood?

  • How should the audience feel about the story?
  • What aesthetic choices will best convey the theme?
  • Will it be necessary to commercialize the style?
  • What is the pace of the adaptation?