What is the process of making a short story into a screenplay?

  1. Billie Kelpin profile image88
    Billie Kelpinposted 3 years ago

    What is the process of making a short story into a screenplay?

    Should a short story writer even ATTEMPT to try this?  Would a person need to take a boatload of screenwriting classes?  Would it be better to try to get the short story into the hands of an experienced screenwriter?  I was almost there - a small independent director had me work with an independent film writer and an author for a short story I wrote.We were doing it over the phone and somehow everyone let go of the project.  I wonder if I could tackle or even should TRY to tackle a screenplay myself since this was dropped. What steps would a writer take to get a short story made into a script?

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  2. chef-de-jour profile image97
    chef-de-jourposted 3 years ago

    If the story is yours you should have a go at a screenplay yourself but I'd recommend a bit of research first. Look into the art of the screenwriter - I'm sure there are sites online - and once you have an initial draft have someone you trust, with experience, go over it with you.

    Perhaps you're the type who needs a class room environment? Join a writer's group? A bit of study online? How about a screenwriter's forum? There must be something like that out there!

    I've dramatised stories before - fairy tales and so on - but only at an amateur dramatic level, for schools and colleges. It's a fascinating exercise. Again and again I found myself having to cut out loads of narrative- the visuals make up for the words - add extra dialogue to spice up scenes - introduce new elements. Quite a challenge.
    I wish you well. If you get the first one under your belt you'll have the confidence (and template?) to do more.

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image88
      Billie Kelpinposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks C, I think you're right about the group thing. I should just jump in and try one scene. I can't make myself do THAT! Thanks for the suggestions.  I need some discipline to just do this thing smile  Thanks again!

 
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