Spring 2015 Prompt

Best Overall Film – Bonnie Not Clyde – Strictly Platonic


Your Genre:    Adaptation Film

An Adaptation Film is based on actual events. Generally, they are based on a person’s life, a famous historical event, or pulled from the headlines of recent events. Since real life has many genres, so do Adaptation films, which means that your film could cut across several genres. However, the styles and methods of presentation are entirely up to you.

Note: It can be risky to portray real people without their permission. Even though you will be adapting a true story, You may want to provide a disclaimer in your film that states that all persons portrayed are fictitious.

Useful Legal Information

This one is about writing, but it can also be applied to film: http://helensedwick.com/how-to-use-real-people-in-your-writing/

Here’s a longer one that pertains to film: http://www.marklitwak.com/self-defense-for-filmmakers.html


Example Adaptation Films:

American Sniper
8 Mile
The Theory of Everything
All the President’s Men
Captain Phillips
Apollo 13
127 Hours
The Wolf of Wall Street
Hotel Rwanda
Schindler’s List
Into the Wild
A Beautiful Mind
In Cold Blood
Remember the Titans
The Walk


Your Prop:

A tool used for measuring the time of day that is not a watch, phone, or wall clock

This prop must be clearly seen in your film and incorporated into the story in some way. Top screenplay points will be given to teams that make this prop a part of the story rather than simply showing it in the background.

Your Character:

Your character must be drawn from the real story that you are pulling your adaptation from.  A link to the event should be placed in the description of your film so that we can see the correlation of your character to the story.


Your Dialogue


  • Is it really? (sarcastic)

  • I remember my first run-in with cops.

  • I can still see the detectives licking their chops.

  • I’m not a model,  I don’t see the reason to have a six-pack abs.

  • A person’s a person, no matter how small.

  • How bad is it?

  • Is that supposed to be funny?

  • Free from what?

  • This is not how I wanted the evening to go.

  • Calm down. What’s wrong?

  • I feel like I’ve seen something like this in the news.

You must use at least five of the lines above! This dialogue must be kept in intact sentences, but the order, timing, and usage of these lines is entirely up to your group. These five lines MUST be clearly heard in your final film

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