Adaptation: How to Turn a Novel into a Film or Television Show
Sabrina Almeida (Screenwriter), Vanta M. Black (author, Oubliette: A Forgotten Little Place), Susan McMartin (writer and producer, Mom), Raye Mitchell (brand and IP expert), Minoti Vaishnav (founder of Prophecy Girl Films)
While there is a lot of information out there on how to break into the film and television business, not much is known about adapting already existing content into a film or television show. This is surprising, because in today’s world, almost everything we see on our screens is adapted from either a novel or a comic book. From “Game of Thrones” to “Doctor Strange”, existing IP is hot property in Hollywood.
“Adaptation: How to Turn a Novel into a Film or Television Show” will focus on the following areas:
- What is IP (Intellectual Property) and why is it so in demand?
- How to recognize good IP and adapt it.
- The adaptation process. What does it mean to option something? What are the steps when adapting someone else’s work?
- The importance of understanding how to jump mediums – writing a book is not the same as writing a television pilot.
- The importance of diversity in adaptation. Should certain characters be added or modified when adapting content for a new medium? Why is this important?
Online sign up has closed. Paper copies of workshop, speed pitch, and Saturday lunch table sign-ups will be at registration on Saturday. If there was a workshop or a panel you were hoping to attend, you are welcome to show up in person and a volunteer will check if there is space available.