Practicing adaptation: one screenplay, five films

Oey, Jennifer (2016) Practicing adaptation: one screenplay, five films. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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In this thesis I examine the relationship between a screenplay and the films made from
it. I test the hypothesis that a film based on an original (not adapted from an existing
text) screenplay is an adaptation of this screenplay. In order to investigate the potential
range of adaptations that occur during the process of film production, I commissioned a
short screenplay which was made into a film five times, by five different production
teams, each entirely independent of one another. Utilising these films as my primary
set of data, I engage in comparative analysis of the screenplay to the five films and of
each of the five films to one another. My framework for analysis is grounded in
adaptation studies, which has engaged in close comparative analysis of novel to film,
but has not made significant inquiry into the discrete phase of adaptation between
screenplay and film. Additionally, I argue that an investigation into the relationship
between written and filmed creative work is ideally conducted by engaging with practice
and practitioners. My thesis is therefore comprised of dual written and filmed

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
Depositing User: Jackie Webb
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2016 13:59
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 13:59


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