BiteSized@NFTS: Novel Adaptation

Short course


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Adaptations of novels are popular in the film and TV industries. Producers like them because the existing story has been tested and often comes with an enthusiastic audience. There are a lot of good reasons for a screenwriter to adapt a novel into a film. However, novels are not films. The literary stories are told in very different way from a cinematic story. It’s not always easy to see how to translate the story from the page to the screen.

In this online session, Clive Frayne, will help you understand the main reasons why adaptations present difficulties to the screenwriter. He’ll then provide planning tools that allow you to extract key elements form the novel before you start writing our scripts. Tools that will allow you to tackle any adaptation with confidence.

You will learn:

  • The primary differences between literary storytelling and cinematic storytelling
  • How to use character breakdowns to plan your adaptation
  • How to use the story-beat method to plan an adaptation
  • How to use seed-scenes to understand/explore your adaptation


Freelance Rate: £50

Corporate Rate: £100


Feedback from other online training we have provided include:

“I probably felt more comfortable doing this course over Zoom than I would have standing up in person reciting the same stories.”

“This course was delivered remotely and I was surprised at how well it worked. I felt at ease being at home and lost no focus. I felt that I was actually more honest about my faults and it gave a more informal feel”

 “A really great inspiring course with a very likeable course leader”

“Tutor had a very good structure and was passionate about their subject. I felt engaged and informed throughout.”

“The practice sessions were my favourite part. We got to think on our feet and really put the teachings to the test. The tasks set were easy to follow but hard enough that you really had to think to complete them”

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