From page to stage: a discussion of adaptation and the art of recreating established narrative

Prankard, Sinderlie (2016) From page to stage: a discussion of adaptation and the art of recreating established narrative. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This essay explores the art of adapting a novel for the screen. It will reflect on my own creative writing process and the challenges I faced. My creative artefact, Every Breath (2015), is a full length film script adapted from my novel (unpublished) of the same name. It is a thriller about a woman, Sophie, whose son, Aaron is killed by the man who is stalking her. The catalyst for the chain of events is Sophie’s blossoming relationship with policeman, Jack Newman, the officer investigating Aaron’s death. I will compare and contrast with the adaptations of three novels – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet (2011), Michael Pye’s Taking Lives (1999), and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl (2012). These adaptations will form the basis of this discussion as they complement the narrative and genre of my work and have, in different ways, influenced my writing. Chapter One will focus on A Study in Pink (Gatiss, Moffat & McGuigan, 2010) and explore intertextuality between mediums. Chapter Two will concentrate on Taking Lives (Caruso, 2004) and to what an adaptor should remain faithful, and Chapter Three will discuss genre traditions and creating sympathetic characters, using Gone Girl (Fincher, 2014) as an example.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2016 15:04
    Last Modified: 18 Nov 2016 15:04

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