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Do you have a novel or an idea for a novel that would make a great movie? Has someone asked you to adapt their novel or short story for television or the movies? This course shows you how to create and market a screenplay based upon a book. You'll discover how to take that prose and turn it into a script, using:
Screenplays have different requirements from novels. They are more visual, and your characters need to keep active and immersed in conflict. We'll use an actual project to give you real examples of the decisions we made in adapting a novel to a screenplay.
The accompanying e-textbook (free with Amazon Prime) contains the complete novel, plus the first and final drafts of the screenplay. You'll be able to follow along in the book and the screenplay, to see what we changed, and why we changed it.You'll also learn:
Whether you're a first time screenwriter or are looking for techniques to polish your skills, this course will give you all the tools you need to adapt any novel into a potential Hollywood blockbuster. Enroll now!
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|Section 1: Screenplay Writing Tools|
|Meet Steve and Dani Alcorn, and discover what you'll learn in this course.|
|What is an adaptation, and what is the difference between "based on" and "inspired by"? This lecture shows you.|
|We often use the terms plot and story interchangeably, but they are very different things. Here's why.|
|Character development is the basis of all great fiction. This lecture shows you how to develop characters for novels and screenplays, and how they are different.|
|Three act structure is used for both novels and screenplays, but they are slightly different. In this lecture we compare them, and show you an easy way to develop your structure using checkpoints.|
|Let's looks at how a screenplay is formatted, examine the uses for each section, and discover tools for easily formatting a screenplay.|
|In this lecture we explore the ways you can use dialogue in novels and screenplays, examine the differences, and look at tools for sharpening your dialogue.|
|These techniques for creating conflict, suspense and mystery will keep readers turning pages, and viewers glued to their seats.|
|Section 2: The Adaptation Process|
|Let's look at the structure of the novel Everything In Its Path, so we can understand what was involved in converting it to a screenplay.|
|This comprehensive lesson discusses all the decisions we made in adapting a novel into a screenplay. We'll take you through the process step by step, and explain our reasoning.|
|Follow these strategies to find an agent to represent your screenplay.|
|Next steps you can follow to continue learning and collaborate with others.|
Steve Alcorn is a theme park designer, author, teacher, and the founder of Writing Academy. His novels include mysteries, young adult stories, historic fiction and romance. His is also the author of How to Fix Your Novel.
Steve has helped more than 20,000 aspiring writers structure their novels, through the online learning programs of 1500 colleges and universities worldwide. Many of his students are now published authors, and you can be, too!
Dani is the author of the Young Adult novel The Last Telepath, and three screenplays: