Monday, May 28, 2012

The Process For Creating Movies From Books

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By Claire Morrison

Many avid readers want to see movies from books they love. But most of the time what we don't see is that the author has no say in whether their book is transformed into a film. The undertaking of a novel turning into a motion picture is effectively out of the writer's hands.

Many times some time before the movie rights for a novel are purchased, the book is optioned by a production company. This implies just as it appears. The producer buys the possibility to lock in the film rights to a book for an arranged price. This accompanies a time specification arranged when the options are obtained, but mostly an option can last several years until it expires and the movie rights to the book are on the market to buy by another producer once more.

Keep in mind that although a book is optioned, it doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be transformed into a movie for sure. After the options are purchased, the producer will investigate the possible demand and expenses, and they'll figure out if it will be reasonable for them to go on with filming the story for that book.

From time to time a novel is so desired by a number of producers that prior to an upcoming anticipated auction between them, one party makes a preemptive offer for the rights to the film. Frequently this bid is so rich that it would be ridiculous to refuse it, so the deal is taken and prevents the auction from even happening.

Regardless of whether a book is optioned beforehand, the next step in the process is for a production company to pay for the movie rights to the book. Every so often for extremely well-known books a bidding war with producers could ensue.

Shortly after the movie privileges are purchased, the project enters the development stage. At this time a screenplay writer is used to adapt the book to motion picture form. This is an essential phase in creating movies from books because how successfully the screenplay writer changes the novel to a movie script can make or break how similar the film is to the novel. Soon after the script is approved by the production company, a director is employed to make any essential changes to the screenplay until it's accepted for filming. Simultaneously a budget is figured out for the following stages of filming.

After the budget and screenplay are sorted out, the movie is put into the pre-production stage. At the pre-production phase the production company is on the lookout for designers, more producers, actors/actresses, film crew, and everyone else important to make the novel come alive. Prospective places for filming are locked down and storyboards are planned to help to during the filming phase.

Once everyone is appointed, locations are decided on, and all the bugs resolved legally and conceptually, it's time for production to start. Everyone comes together to be sure that the story is brought to life in the best way conceivable.

After filming is done the movie goes into the post-production phase. While in this phase shots are cleaned up and arranged into the right order, editors apply audio-visual effects, and takes are re-shot if concerns are identified during editing or some other shots are required for the plot. When the additional components put in from editing are added to the film the result is the final cut, otherwise known as the master. Any needed color editing is worked on and a score included. Once the film is approved by a private screening, the master is closed and a duplicate copy is made in order to organize it for duplication and circulation.

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