Screenwriting : Hi everyone by Kerin Freeman

Kerin Freeman

Hi everyone

I'm a writer living in New Zealand. My new book 'The Civilian Bomb Dsposing Earl' - http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/The-Civilian-Bomb-Disposing-Earl-Hardback... - will be released towards the end of October/early November. That and my other project I am working on, LET HIM HANG - see www.kerinfreeman.webs.com - I feel would make good films. Do you have any advice for adapting a book to a movie script? Any help is really welcome :)

The Civilian Bomb Disposing Earl
The Civilian Bomb Disposing Earl
Charles 'Jack' Henry George Howard, GC, 20th Earl of Suffolk & Berkshire, born into the noble formidable House of Howard, possessed extraordinary courage. Jack became...
Richard Toscan

I suspect your nonfiction book on the Earl -- like most strongly action-based biographies -- has a visual approach to telling the story and that should help in doing a film adaptation since screenwriting, at least in the US and to some extent in the UK (including NZ), is about telling stories through visual images with just enough dialogue to fill in the cracks. The primary issue in adapting biographies is where to place the point of attack in the history of the story. You'll need to think about what the conflict will be that drives the story forward and at what point that conflict first arises. If you're thinking of this for long-form television, you'll have far more leeway to begin when the Earl is born or perhaps, better, when he becomes Earl. Most novels are forms of visual storytelling as well so by writing the novel, you've done part of the visual storytelling.

Kerin Freeman

Hi Richard, thank you so much for your insight. I try, when writing, to see it visually, on screen. It's knowing where to being, as you say the point of attack in the history of the story. Seeing as the Earl's life was so full on in his short lived life I want to get across the essence of the man. He was unique - and, I think, the last of the Tudor/Elizabethan Howards. He let no one stand in his way and used his legacy to get what he wanted for the common good. I'll keep in mind what you have said - Many thanks :)

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