Adapting Novel to Screenplay
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Adapting Novel to Screenplay

Turn Your Novel Into Hollywood's Next Bestseller!
4.5 (26 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
249 students enrolled
Last updated 2/2017
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 22 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Turn Your Novel Into a Screenplay
  • Structure Your Plot
  • Build Characters
  • Develop Settings
  • Create Conflict, Suspense and Mystery
  • Write Realistic Dialogue
  • Format Your Screenplay
  • Develop a Pitch, Logline and Synopsis
  • Market Your Screenplay
Requirements
  • Open to all aspiring writers, young or old, experienced or just getting started
Description

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:

  • Story Structure
  • Character Building
  • Settings
  • Conflict
  • Suspense
  • Mystery
  • Dialogue

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:

  • The Do's and Don'ts of screenplays
  • Screenplay formatting
  • To Develop a Pitch, Logline and Synopsis
  • How to Market Your Screenplay

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!

Who this course is for:
  • Authors With All Levels of Experience
  • Authors with novels, complete or in process
  • Anyone who dreams of getting their idea for a movie produced
Course content
Expand all 12 lectures 02:10:27
+ Screenplay Writing Tools
8 lectures 01:14:27
Meet Steve and Dani Alcorn, and discover what you'll learn in this course.
Preview 04:58
What is an adaptation, and what is the difference between "based on" and "inspired by"? This lecture shows you.
Preview 07:04
We often use the terms plot and story interchangeably, but they are very different things. Here's why.
Plot vs. Story
08:59
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.
Characters
20:02
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.
Three Act Structure
13:01
Let's looks at how a screenplay is formatted, examine the uses for each section, and discover tools for easily formatting a screenplay.
Screenplay Format
06:11
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.
Dialogue
07:57
These techniques for creating conflict, suspense and mystery will keep readers turning pages, and viewers glued to their seats.
Conflict, Suspense and Mystery
06:15
+ The Adaptation Process
4 lectures 56:00
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.
Examining the Novel
06:53
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.
Adapting the Screenplay
42:58
Follow these strategies to find an agent to represent your screenplay.
Selling Your Screenplay
05:21
Next steps you can follow to continue learning and collaborate with others.
Next Steps
00:48