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Join me as I enter into that screenplay world. As you read about my experiences, please keep in mind that the industry and format expectations constantly evolve. You’ve decided to adapt your story into a screenplay. You’ve studied books that have been successfully remade for the big screen. Are you ready to take the next step? Preparation makes the adaptation process go more smoothly. If you are adapting another author’s work, seek rights first. Consider the budget, audience, and attached stars (if you are lucky enough to have them lined up). Whether it’s your work or someone else’s, here are several early steps to take. 1) Read the book several times until you are infused with its spirit. 2) What is the story is about? 3) What scenes stick in your mind and why? (Ted Tally who adapted The Silence of the Lambs says he tries to latch on to six or seven scenes). 4) Reduce each event to a one- to two-sentence statement. 5) Who’s the main character? You may change the point of view (POV)—The Silence of the Lambs had three additional POVs, but Tally considered it Clarice’s story. 6) What’s the ending? Can you make it more ... Read More »