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"...because rust never sleeps..."

The heat is back. Currently, it's 92˚F in Providence, with a heat index of 102˚F. The humidly is at 43˚F.

I'm trying to punch my way back into the screenplay for The Red Tree, which means, it turns out, tossing out some of what I've already done. Belatedly, I realize that the proper way of doing this may be setting the novel aside. The film cannot be the novel. The film will be a reimagining, as they say, and while it will very closely follow the narrative of the novel, it has to be allowed to become it's own thing. For example, most of the dialogue in the novel won't, I think, work onscreen. And there actually isn't that much dialogue in the book. So, one of the tricks here is to go coax new conversations from Sarah and Constance.

We're trying to decide if we're going to tough out the heat in the house today, or it we're going to head for the John Hay Library. I wouldn't be able to write there. I'd have to settle for proofreading Houses Under the Sea: Mythos Tales. If we are going, I need to spend an hour of so beforehand making the final decision about which Vince Locke illustrations that will be appearing in the limited edition of Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea. There will be ten, along with two by Rick Kirk and a few pages by Steve Lieber (from Alabaster).

It's kinda warm in my office. I need to go splash water on my head.

Aunt Beast


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Sep. 8th, 2015 04:53 pm (UTC)
It's often a point I make in the old "the book is always better than the movie" argument--the two are such fundamentally different media there's not much you can do in terms of a straight comparison. Most of the best adaptations of books are movies that diverge pretty wildly from their source novels--Alien, The Godfather, virtually all of Alfred Hitchcock's movies, basically where the directors and screenwriters use the book as sort of a prompt. I particularly liked Cronenberg's choice in his adaptation of Naked Lunch to make it more of an impression of William S. Burroughs work and life at around the time the book came out.
Kiki Lang
Sep. 8th, 2015 10:51 pm (UTC)
The Red tree.
I haven't slept much. Slept is such archaic word. I never connect the title of your short stories with the story it self. Had the same problem with,"The Red Tree." Had to pull the book off the self, and thumb through it. Need more sleep. Waiting with abated breath for the movie.
Brett Davidson
Sep. 9th, 2015 04:34 am (UTC)
Well I have no experience in adapting a novel into a screenplay myself, but I've long been intrigued by the relationships that books and their adaptations have. The film Under the Skin versus the novel, I think is a particularly interesting example. The film could not literally show what is in the novel without giving too much away too soon and then the revelations would distract from its theme, which unfolded in Isserley's awareness, not her speech. Does it help to approach a screenplay as an illustrator rather than reiterating the novel, or as I was saying to a friend about Fuller's remixing of Hannibal, with the thought that a good story can and must be told in more than one way to see it fully in the round?
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