Fiction Into Film: The Art of Adaptation

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3 Points
Session II: July 7 - August 15
T, R 1 - 4 PM
Instructor: Guy Gallo
The course examines and practices screen adaptation through lectures, assignments, and workshop discussions. The guiding question for the course: How does film narrative differ from prose narrative? What transformations, accommodations, and outright trickery are required to render a preexisting narrative into a screenplay?

Lecture topics include: Why Adaptation?; Types of Adaptation: Transpose, Comment, Transform; Narrative Form: Telling v. Enactment. Other topics will present themselves during the discussion of student work.

Before the workshop begins, students will be expected to choose one short story and one novel.  In the course of the seminar, you will adapt your short story twice:  once "faithfully," transposing to screenplay with the source material clearly recognizable; once transforming with license to change, expand, comment upon the source material. There will be a final short paper pitching your novel as a film adaptation to an imagined producer.

Tuition & Fees
Most summer courses are offered at the standard Continuing Education tuition rate of $1,512 per point ($4,536 for a 3-point course and $9,072 for a six-point intensive). For more detailed information, please see "tuition and fees":
Materials fee: $30

About the Instructor

Guy Gallo

Guy Gallo received an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. His produced screenplays include: an adaptation of Malcolm Lowry's novel Under the Volcano, directed by John Huston; a version of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (PBS); and an episode for Tales from the Darkside based on John Cheever's short story "The Enormous Radio."
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