Film & TV Adaptation


How to take a book from the page to the screen

In this guide, we will explore the techniques behind writing the adaptation and the angles to consider when turning a book into a screenplay.

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In today’s film industry, more and more movies are being produced based on adaptations, especially books. This offers many advantages to producers in that it’s easy to visualize the story at an early stage of development. And from a marketing perspective, books have an immediate built-in recognition from readers and the publishing industry.

To achieve this, you will need to forget all the rules of novel or memoir writing and become a screenwriter. To think as a screenwriter is to leverage the power of images to best tell your story.

In this Pocket Guide, we will explain the differences between writing a book and writing a screenplay, from a style and technical standpoint as well as a story point of view.

It also contains guidelines on how to transform a literary text into a visual medium in order to condense an average of a 15-20 hour reading story into a 2-hour reading script.

The ability to adapt a book offers a key advantage to screenwriters and novel writers, as it demonstrates another level of skill in writing scripts. However, there are important differences between developing a script from a book and developing one from an original idea.



  • The audience
  • The format
  • The style
  • Scene heading and action paragraph
  • Scene and Sequence
  • Dialogue
  • Write what we see not what your characters think
  • Making sacrifices
  • Using text from your book
  • Elements to consider before writing your script


By the end of this guide you will be able to:

  • Understand how to write with the framework of visual storytelling
  • Assess which material from your book you should keep when developing your screenplay
  • Embrace your new job of screenwriter
  • Learn how to properly format a screenplay

Book Details

Publisher: Moviesoft
ISBN: 978-1-913580-22-3
Release Date: April 20, 2020
Language: English
Download Format: PDF (Watermark)


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