Article by Danek S. Kaus

Whether it’s a true story or a novel, most authors dream of having their book become a Hollywood movie.

In fact, a high percentage of movies started out as books, comic books or graphic novels. According to Internet Movie Data Base, over 22,000 movies have been made from books. So far.

If this is your dream, read on. One way to increase your chances of having your book turned into a movie is to write the screenplay version of the book. Producers prefer reading script to reading books because they take less time to read. Most scripts are 90 – 120 pages, with a lot of white space.

If you’re thinking about writing your own screenplay, here are some things to keep in mind:

1. You must write the proper length (see above). Scripts that are too long or too short are immediately thrown away.

2. You must learn screenplay format. There are books that teach this. If your script does not follow proper format, it will be tossed without further consideration.

3. You must get the Hollywood reader’s attention in less than 10 pages. This may mean adapting the beginning of your story. If you don’t get their attention and interest soon, they move on to the next script.

4. A screenplay can only contain what can be shown on the screen — action and dialogue. Unlike a novel, you can’t write about what the character is thinking. But you can reveal their emotions and thoughts through action and dialogue.

5. Every scene must move the story forward in some way.

6. Don’t “direct” the script. Don’t put in camera angles or suggest particular songs to play in the background. That is the director’s prerogative.

7. Consider eliminating subplots and combining two or more characters into one, that is, create composite characters, if there a lot of people in your book.

8. Keep the dialogue short. Novels have more freedom in that regard.

9. Watch lots of movies with the intent of noticing what works and what doesn’t. It will help you become a better screenwriter.

10. Realize that a book is not a movie and a movie is not a book. They have different needs and different rules. Keep this in mind and you will be more successful at adapting your book into a movie.

Danek S. Kaus is a produced screenwriter of an award-winning film called “The Ante,” which will be out later this year. He was recently hired by a movie company to adapt a book for the big screen. Learn how you can turn your book into a movie at http://yourbookintoamovie.com/ Read his blog http://yourbookintoamovie.blogspot.com/

Danek S. Kaus is a produced screenwriter of an award-winning feature film out later this year. He was recently hired by a movie company to adapt a book for the big screen. Learn how to Turn Your Book into a Movie http://yourbookintoamovie.com










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