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Adaptation is not transcription. This much I know. The process of adapting a screenplay is just as creative as writing a non-fiction novel based upon true events, painting a portrait based upon the person sitting before you, or directing a film based upon the screenplay. Adaptation is the process of reimagining ideas from one medium into the language of another. Adaptation is not transcription.

The Screenplay Format

This book is designed to move writers beyond the basics, so I presume that you are familiar with the fundamentals of writing a screenplay. If not, David Trottier’s book The Screenwriter’s Bible is an excellent resource. For the sake of discussion in this book, ...

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