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Five ways to transform your book into a screenplay

Some of the blockbuster films these days originated from books. This practice has long been adopted by Hollywood filmmakers who constantly search for the right books to turn into movies for the big screen.

If you’re passionate to see your work on the big screen as well, follow the steps below for transforming your book into a screenplay for film or television.

Get acquainted with the movie structure

If you are to adapt your book into a film or TV series, a key step is first to learn about film structure. Usually, movies are lengthier and have more structural limitations than books. You can begin by studying how the important scenes in a movie work and familiarize yourself with the three-act structure, which splits a story into three unique parts that focus on one or more plot points driving the action.

Divide your story into different acts

As mentioned above, act structures are vital in developing a screenplay. If you’re starting your own movie based on your book, you must outline your story into plot points as part of the prewriting process. This is a great way as well to understand your film structure.

Create a logline

A logline is what catches the attention of production companies or studios. Concise yet descriptive, loglines provide a brief description of your main character and plot. It normally comes in one or two lines condensing your full story.

Study the limitations of movies

As a visual medium, films possess some unique storytelling techniques that books can’t accomplish, but they also have limitations like first-person internal monologues that only characters in a book can effectively get across to readers. That said, it is also possible to achieve this in a film, but with the help of extensive voice-over. Of course, it can get annoying for viewers in the long run.

Write your own outline of existing films

Keeping the practice of outlining films you have already watched can help you learn about screenwriting. Before developing your own film adaptation, you can create an outline of your favorite movies to analyze film structure.

Jay Hogarth

Jay Hogarth is ARPress' resident content manager, responsible for all public-facing information posted on this blog and on the main site.

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