Make Your Story a Movie Adapting Your Book or Idea for Hollywood

ISBN-10: 1250001838

ISBN-13: 9781250001832

Edition: 2013

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A primer for writers on how to get their book, story, or idea sold, adapted, and produced in Hollywood Every author wants to see his story on the screen. A movie based on the author’s work is the pinnacle of commercial success, bringing authors to fame and fortune, and book sales to otherwise unattainable heights. Eight of the top ten biggest-grossing films of all time are adaptations, and the world’s top-earning authors all have heavy film involvement. Yet there is no book to guide authors to this promised land. Marlow fills this gap, showing writers how to navigate the path from story through adaptation to the often baffling world of Hollywood deal-making. Far from being yet another general book on screenwriting, this book specifically addresses the process from the non-screenwriting storyteller’s point of view.As a novelist, screenwriter, and script consultant, Marlow is uniquely qualified to show:Ten things Hollywood looks for in any screenplay or source materialSeven structural elements every screen story should haveHow to evaluate existing stories for adaptation potentialTools of the tradeWhy having both a book and a screenplay increases the chances of selling bothHow to make a story film-friendlyHow adaptation rights and screenplays are soldHow to pitch a story in ten seconds.
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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/11/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

Introduction: The Power of Hollywood
Adaptation Codes Used in This Book
Adapt or Die
Why Adapt? Audience, Money, Synergy
What Can (and Can't) Be Adapted? Get the Rights, or Get Out
Adapting vs. Selling Film Rights There's a Difference
What Hollywood Wants (And Why)
Twelve Things Hollywood Wants The Buyer's Checklist
Pitchable Concept This Is Your Ten Seconds
Relatable Hero Why Do We Care?
Emotionally Compelling Story What's at Stake?
Ticking Clock Tension, Suspense, Urgency
Visual Potential The Eves Have It
Structure Classic Beauty
Actor-Friendly Lead Attracting Talent
Average Length Where "Average" Is Good
Reasonable Budget Keeping It Real
Low-Fat Story Lean and Mean Is Green
Franchise Potential, Four-Quadrant Appeal, and Merchandising The Big (Budget) Three
Mapping (And Remapping) Your Current Story
Evaluating Your Current Story
Distilling Your Story's Concept
Finding Your Story's Structure
Mapping Your Current Story Creating a Digital Outline of Your Source Material
Remapping for the Screen
Launch-Checking Your Project
Creating the Screenplay
Going It Alone Writing Your Own Screenplay
Getting Help Consulting with a Pro
Hiring a Pro Taking the Express Lane
Submission and Deal Making: How Stories are Sold
The Logline
The Pitch Sheet
How Scripts Get Sold A Peek Behind the Curtain
The Sellers Agents, Managers, and (Sometimes) Producers
The Buyers Studios and Production Companies
Timing, Budgets, Financing, and Markets
Options and Sales
The Death (and Resurrection) of Development
Adaptation Roundtable
Keeping the Faith While Being Different
Bonus Material
Bonus Chapters and More
Contributors Interviewed for This Book
About the Author
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