DC 205 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: True Life, Script Doctor

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11 Feb 2017
DC 205- Lecture 2- Screenwriters and Adaptations
o Origins of ideas
Short stories
True life stories
Other movies
Comic books
Graphic novels
Video games
o “pitch”- idea presented at a studio meeting
o “treatment”- short story version of a screenplay
o Outline/ “spec” (speculative)
o Average screenplay
110 pages (1 page per minute of screen time)
o “punch up” screenplay as script doctor
o Manty screenwriters are also producers
Story Departments
o First stop before the script becomes a feature film
o Story analysts, or “readers”, read and evaluate submitted material
The Adapted Screenplay (Adaptations)
o Not as detailed as a book
o Visuals don’t always match
o Certain things that might be important are eliminated by the editor
o Some books are just not meant to be movies
o Problems of length and depth
o Films can’t show everything that a book can
Plays v. Films
o Lengths are about the same
o Films use close-ups and plays do not
o Films also have more options
Camera angles
Less space on stage
More words on stage
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