- Don’t expect the movie to have everything that the book covered. For a movie to include it all--every detail of the book--it would be way too costly to produce and way too long. A typical short novel made into film would take more than six hours to watch.
- Don’t expect the movie to follow the story exactly as the book. Because filmmakers need to fit the story into a two-hour movie, they have to find ways to condense information. Sometimes they combine situations into one scene, for instance, and sometimes they have to eliminate sections that might not be crucial to the plot.
- Do watch for visual clues. As mentioned, much of the story, especially concerning character, will be in what you see not just what you hear. Think of it as a treasure hunt, watching for clues. Pay attention to the colors, the framing, the props, the expressions, the settings; they aren't happenstance. Filmmakers select those things for a reason. They tell part of the story and give insight into the characters. Filmmakers believe: “showing” is better than “telling.”
- Do keep an open mind in the re-telling of the story. When a studio wants to create an adaptation of a book, for instance, they contact several screenwriters and tell them, “Give me your ‘take’ on this story.” The screenwriters study it out, return to the studio, and give a synopsis of how they would write the story. The executives select the one they like best—it could be the story that follows the original very closely, or it could be a version making the plot or title of that particular book more of a metaphor. Remember, it is a re-telling of a story, not a regurgitation of what's already been done.
- Don't expect movies based on "true stories" to be completely, well...true. This is visual storytelling and, quite frankly, even true stories can be rather dull without some fiction stirred in, so expect some twists added for cinematic effect. Consider the movie BLIND SIDE. In the true story, Michael Oher already knew how to play football, but wasn't it fun to see Leigh Anne (played by Sandra Bullock) march out on that field and give him pointers?
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
"Communities have a responsibility to assist the family in promoting wholesome entertainment. What a community tolerates will become tomorrow's standard for today's youth." ~Ezra Taft Benson (Ensign, November 1982, p. 60.)
I've had that quote on my mind today. With the media in a seemingly constant surge to "push the envelope" where will it lead our society?
There's a double standard in the film industry. They include vulgarity and violence on the grounds that they are trying to portray "reality" yet when approached about scenes that are not "realistic" they use the defense, "Films are fantasy!"