Novel to Film Final Project Detailed Assignment Sheet

Develop a final project on an adaptation from page to film that you haven’t yet written about. I would prefer you study an adaptation of something we haven’t read/viewed in class, but if that’s not realistic for you, you can work in more depth and find additional sources about a book/film we studied in class, as long as it’s not the subject of your Hot Seat or Critique (so you do need to work with material you haven’t written about before in this class). Think of this as a proposal and annotated bibliography of sources for a “Hot Seat” style of presentation, but you’ll submit the PPT slides on Canvas instead of presenting in person.

After you have chosen a topic, read the original and watched the film, read/annotate your 3 sources, post PPT, Google slides, imovie or other presentation link with your “findings” as a final project. 

Potential topics: Use a critical reading from the course as a starting point plus at least one review of a film/literature adaptation of your choice.  You may find  up to 3 other sources that enhance a specific way to “read” this film in terms of adaptation. 

Open with a project statement and scene analysis (500 words) introducing your topic, and analyzing a specific scene that shows your major points regarding adaptation. This is the first step to writing the presentation and developing a bibliography.

Sample topics (not comprehensive, just some starting ideas):
Comic Books/Graphic Novels: How do these types of films appeal to viewers through serialization? How do they translate camera angels, filters, and other visual film styles into animation?

Novels to film: How dos an adaptation adapt a full-length novel into a 2 hour visual experience? What stays or gets lots? How doe sthe adaptation use memory on film, space/time on film, method acting or another style we have studied?

Short story to film: How does a specific adaptation develop a full-length film out of a short story? How do characters or space evolve? What scenes demonstrate that visual adaptations are a different work of art than a narrative driven version?

Creative non-fiction to film: How does this genre use stories from memoir or history to craft an impact on a visual audience? Taking a work like The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger, Blackhawk Down by Mark Bowden or Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer examine how the genre of non-fiction is adapted into film, and how the notion of “non-fiction” might influence the structure of the story or the experience of the audience.

Othello/Twelfth Night/Taming of the Shrew (any Shakespeare film): How do adaptations use Shakespeare to appeal to a mass audience? How does one specific “teen Shakespeare” adapation work?

Sample source entry for a review on a bibliography
Flint, Peter. “Alfred Hitchcock Dies; A Master of Suspense” New York Times (30 Apr 1980) A1. ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Web. 13 Feb 2013.

Sample source annotation: This article in the New York Times gives a good oveview of Hitchcock’s life and career and lets me argue that his auteur style is easily evident in his film Rebecca, adapted from Daphne DuMaurier’s novel. Flint locates several hallmarks of Hitchcock’s work that I will analyze in Rebecca: the sense of a “woman in peril,” the use of extreme low and high angles to make the viewer disoriented, and the use of music and silence to heighten suspense. These 3 hallmarks are all found in his earliest U.S. film release, Rebecca. The  New  York Times is a widely respected publication, and I found this article in the library databases, so I  know it’s a credible academic source.


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