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Adapting work for the stage and screen - 6 Month Course

In a time where everything is one click away, it’s crucial to be able to adapt your work for different forms of media. With a little imagination, your story can be adapted to suit the stage, screen, radio, and print. Your short story can become a screenplay, your screenplay can become a stage play, and vice-versa. All you need is your central idea, your characters and your story.
 

In this 6 point course you’ll learn how to deconstruct your story and use it in another form. You’ll gain a better understanding of what works for film and what works for stage, as well as characters, formatting, and finding the right home for your adaptation.
 

Receive personal feedback every step of the way on your assignments and open up a world of possibilities for your work.
 

1) Characters and landscape.
 

Consider the differences in landscape for film and stage, and learn how to make your characters live in that environment. Understand the shift in importance your characters and landscape take on in different media.
 

Assignment:

Make a list of your characters’ traits and personalities and explain how these can best be demonstrated through the different media you’re adapting to.
 

2) Take it to the stage.
 

In this part of the course we’ll focus on taking your work to the stage. You’ll take an in-depth look at how to adapt your work for the stage, including stage directions and practical issues.
 

Assignment:

Take a short story or film script and adapt it to a stage play.

3) Take it to the screen.
 

Now it’s the turn of film and in this section we’ll focus on adapting your work for the screen. Understand how your script has to work for this type of media and what a director will be considering when they read your work.
 

Assignment:

Take a short story or stage play and adapt it to a screenplay.
 

4) Adapting work for multi-media.
 

Once you’ve got used to adapting your work for a couple of different forms of media, you can pretty much take it anywhere you want. Here we’ll consider radio scripts, turning a script into a novel, and adapting your work to suit online platforms.
 

Assignment:

Take any form of story or script and adapt to a different media of your choice.

5) Loglines, treatments and synopsis.
 

Before you’re ready to send your script out into the world you need to understand how to write loglines, treatments, outlines and synopsis. In this section you’ll learn the difference between them and how to write them effectively.
 

Assignment:

Using the same story, write a logline, treatment and synopsis.
 

6) Markets and opportunities.
 

Now you have your script ready, what are you going to do with it? Lastly, we’ll look at finding opportunities for your work and which markets best suit your adaptation.
 

Assignment:

Find and make a list of opportunities and markets for your adaptation.

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