1. Intro – Warmup
- The form I have chosen for my story is… Relocating Voice.
- Focus on completion of a manuscript – screenplay, novel, novella, stageplay.
2. Transforming the Form – Novel into Film – Scene Lab.
- The focus is on translation of the novel—interior monologue with no intruder— into a filmic scene with action and dialogue.
- Exploration of successful Novel to Film projects including Three Days of the Condor and Moby Dick.
3. Template and Story Situation.
- Using sequences of scenes, writers define the template that informs each scene throughout the story: Possession, Trust-Suspicion, Active-Passive, Immortality-Certain Death, Broken-Glued, etc.
- A broken vase in scene 1 becomes a cracked mirror in scene 5 becomes a fractured vertebra in scene 9.
4. Transforming the Form – Stage Play into Film – Scene Lab.
- Possible model: Death of a Salesman: Scene comparison from Stage play to film.
- Writers transform novel scene into stage play, stage play into film script.
5. Texture: Plot and Subplot; Voice and Style.
- Subplot—the story under the main story, provides texture for the writing.
- King Replacement plus Teacher/Mentor in Searching for Bobby Fischer.
6.Transforming the Form – Short Story into Film – Scene Lab.
- Possible model: a short story like Hemingway’s “The Killers” translated into film twice (1946 & 1964).
- Analysis: concept to treatment to film scene.
7. Plot: The Working Synopsis.
- In an extended summary, writers develop the working synopsis as a story check and also as a selling tool.
8. Transforming the Form – Novella into Film – Scene Lab.
- Possible model: a novella like Double Indemnity, James M. Cain’s classic King Replacement tale.
- Writers study the translation of the novella into script to locate the seams, transformations, additions, deletions.
- Focus on dialogue in novella form versus dialogue in film script.
9. Extended Essay: Where my story art takes me next…
10. Scene Performance, Celebration, Closure.
- One: Foundations
- Two: Scene and Plot
- Three: Form
- Tips for Instructors
- Story Development Introduction
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