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Old 06-09-2004, 02:39 PM   #1
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I'm currently adapting my Novel into a screenplay. The producer wants to see both the Novel and the script. Should I try to include as much from the book as possible, even if meant the script will run up to about 140 pages or should I make painful cuts and trim it down to 110-120 pgs...I feel I can weed out lots of long-winded dialogue stuff, even though I think it carries well in the Novel, I'm not so sure it would on screen...
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Old 06-09-2004, 03:45 PM   #2
TwoBrad Bradley
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Is this a trick question? Why are you even considering stuff (long winded dialogue) that you think may not work on the screen?

If you can cut characters, events, sub-plots, backstory, etc and still tell the protagonist's story - do it.

And don't stop at 110-12- pages. Keep cutting until there is no more to cut.
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Old 06-09-2004, 10:03 PM   #3
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invest in some screenwriting books on adaptation
like: Screen Adaptation by Kenneth Portnoy
the styles of story execution are completely different
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Old 06-10-2004, 08:34 AM   #4
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Remember that adaptation is a matter of reinvention. Be true to the spirit of your book but free in the way you turn it into a film.
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