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Make Your Story a Movie: Adapting Your Book or Idea for Hollywood / Edition 1

by John Robert Marlow
 

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ISBN-10: 1250001838

ISBN-13: 9781250001832

Pub. Date: 12/11/2012

Publisher: St. Martin's Press


$50 Billion of Advice in One Book*
Have you ever wondered why some books and stories are adapted into movies, and others aren't? Or wished you could sit down and pick the brains of the people whose stories have been adapted--or the screenwriters, producers, and directors who adapted them?

Author John Robert Marlow has done it for you. He

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$50 Billion of Advice in One Book*
Have you ever wondered why some books and stories are adapted into movies, and others aren't? Or wished you could sit down and pick the brains of the people whose stories have been adapted--or the screenwriters, producers, and directors who adapted them?

Author John Robert Marlow has done it for you. He spoke to book authors, playwrights, comic book creators and publishers, as well as Hollywood screenwriters, producers and directors responsible for adapting fictional and true stories into Emmy-winning TV shows, Oscar-winning films, billion-dollar megahits and smaller independents. Then he talked to the entertainment attorneys who made the deals.

He came away with a unique understanding of adaptations--an understanding he shares in this book: which stories make good source material (and why); what Hollywood wants (and doesn't); what you can (and can't) get in a movie deal; how to write and pitch your story to maximize the chances of a Hollywood adaptation--and how much (and when) you can expect to be paid.

*This book contains the distilled experience of creators, storytellers and others whose works have earned over $50 billion worldwide.

Whether you're looking to sell film rights, adapt your own story (alone or with help), or option and adapt someone else's property--this book is for you.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250001832
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/11/2012
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,373,624
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: The Power of Hollywood 1

Adaptation Codes Used in This Book 7

Part I Adapt or Die 9

1 Why Adapt? Audience, Money, Synergy 11

2 What Can (and Can't) Be Adapted? Get the Rights, or Get Out 19

3 Adapting vs. Selling Film Rights There's a Difference 27

Part II What Hollywood Wants (And Why) 35

4 Twelve Things Hollywood Wants The Buyer's Checklist 37

5 Pitchable Concept This Is Your Ten Seconds 41

6 Relatable Hero Why Do We Care? 48

7 Emotionally Compelling Story What's at Stake? 54

8 Ticking Clock Tension, Suspense, Urgency 57

9 Visual Potential The Eves Have It 61

10 Structure Classic Beauty 64

11 Actor-Friendly Lead Attracting Talent 68

12 Average Length Where "Average" Is Good 71

13 Reasonable Budget Keeping It Real 74

14 Low-Fat Story Lean and Mean Is Green 76

15 Franchise Potential, Four-Quadrant Appeal, and Merchandising The Big (Budget) Three 78

Part III Mapping (And Remapping) Your Current Story 83

16 Evaluating Your Current Story 85

17 Distilling Your Story's Concept 86

18 Finding Your Story's Structure 94

19 Mapping Your Current Story Creating a Digital Outline of Your Source Material 104

20 Remapping for the Screen 111

21 Launch-Checking Your Project 122

Part IV Creating the Screenplay 127

22 Going It Alone Writing Your Own Screenplay 129

23 Getting Help Consulting with a Pro 135

24 Hiring a Pro Taking the Express Lane 141

Part V Submission and Deal Making: How Stories are Sold 151

25 The Logline 153

26 The Pitch Sheet 168

27 How Scripts Get Sold A Peek Behind the Curtain 175

28 The Sellers Agents, Managers, and (Sometimes) Producers 181

29 The Buyers Studios and Production Companies 196

30 Timing, Budgets, Financing, and Markets 201

31 Options and Sales 215

32 Contracts 229

33 Credits 238

34 The Death (and Resurrection) of Development 243

35 Passion 251

Part VI Adaptation Roundtable 255

36 Keeping the Faith While Being Different 257

Part VII Bonus Material 279

37 Bonus Chapters and More 281

Part VIII Contributors 283

Contributors Interviewed for This Book 285

About the Author 293

Index 295

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