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What are the perils and pitfalls of transforming a much-loved novel (The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Great Gatsby, The Life of Pi, The English Patient) into a blockbuster?
How does storytelling differs between the media?
How is our understanding of texts is informed by the format?
I’m an author, but my day job is working as a film critic for publications such as The Weekly Review, Time Out and Screen Education. I’m particularly interested in the recent boom in films based on Young Adult novels, few of which have met with critical approval. The session looks at a number of recent films based on popular texts, examining the changes that have been made to the story in order to make it work (or not work) on the big screen. Students will be asked to compare extracts from novels with how the same scene was portrayed on film and assess which telling is more successful.
How to conduct a good interview The importance of research How to build a rapport with your subject I’ve worked as a journalist (in print and on radio) for more than a decade. In that time, I’ve interviewed rock stars, film directors, politicians and suburban mothers (among many others). This session looks at how best […]
The basics of storytelling, as identified by Joseph Campbell (with a bit of Robert McKee thrown in) How this story model is as true for myths as it is for modern fiction (eg. Star Wars, Harry Potter) How to plan a story I’m passionate about the art of storytelling, in both my role as a […]