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Lucha Scribre
11-27-2010, 11:11 AM
I just took a break and decided to edit the title page before I forget.

I am doing something with characters of an old public domain story. It's not a re-visioning, but a whole new twist that occurs 15-20 years later. 5-7 of the characters from the original are used in my script.

Credits to the story author -- How are they done?

Example

Characters Credit : L. Frank Baum ?

Characters by L. Frank Baum

thatwritergirl
11-27-2010, 11:14 AM
I just took a break and decided to edit the title page before I forget.

I am doing something with characters of an old public domain story. It's not a re-visioning, but a whole new twist that occurs 15-20 years later. 5-7 of the characters from the original are used in my script.

Credits to the story author -- How are they done?

Example

Characters Credit : L. Frank Baum ?

Characters by L. Frank Baum

I'd just say "Based on characters first appearing in The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum"

jcgary
11-27-2010, 11:21 AM
I wouldn't say anything. You don't have to and I think it kills some of the discovery of the script.

Lucha Scribre
11-27-2010, 11:51 AM
I wouldn't say anything. You don't have to and I think it kills some of the discovery of the script.

I'll go with this for a while. Thanks to you and thatwritergirl for your input. The discovery of this thing will be killed off by the title alone though.

Nexus9
11-28-2010, 12:41 PM
Yeah, there is no obligation to credit anything in the public domain, but it certainly doesn't hurt to give the original creator some visual credit on the page. So I say it's your call.

Condog
11-29-2010, 11:10 AM
Probably a simple:
"Based on characters created by ____"

SoCalScribe
11-29-2010, 02:04 PM
I just took a break and decided to edit the title page before I forget.

I am doing something with characters of an old public domain story. It's not a re-visioning, but a whole new twist that occurs 15-20 years later. 5-7 of the characters from the original are used in my script.

Credits to the story author -- How are they done?

Example

Characters Credit : L. Frank Baum ?

Characters by L. Frank Baum


Personally, I would credit the original author, especially if it's a well-known work or author like L. Frank Baum. An original take on an established property that's free to exploit? That sounds a lot more appealing to studio thinking and priorities than a cold query on an unproven property.

"Based on characters created by L. Frank Baum" should work. "Based on the iconic characters created by L. Frank Baum" if you're going for razzle-dazzle. :D

trabaris
11-30-2010, 10:25 AM
I've done several scripts based on public domain work, including one loosely based on a L. Frank Baum short story. I don't include anything in my script but do mention this on the query letter. I think people should know but not necessarily on the script itself.