Adaption

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Adaptions are common not only in today's society but in the past as well. Perhaps the most common type of adaption is an adaption between a written story and a film. I think that the short story "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs would make an excellent film. I decided that I would like to make a film adaption of "The Monkey's Paw" because I personally enjoy the horror and suspense genre of film and I believe that this story would fit into that film genre well. In order for "The Monkey's Paw" to be turned into a successful film there are several things that need to be taken into consideration. I would primarily focus on how the film sounds and the setting in the film while making "The Monkey's Paw" into a film because those aspects are what will create the overall mood for the viewer. I understand that there are things that will be both lost and gained in a short story to film transformation. Genre is a large part of turning a short story into a film. Every genre has certain expectations that go along with it. I would choose to stay faithful to the horror and suspense genre because I personally enjoy the genre. I would also like to stay loyal to the genre because the story line is interesting and I believe that it works better in this genre than another, such as the romance genre. I think that "The Monkey's Paw" best works strictly in the horror and suspense genre because it has an eerie feel to it. I would like to expand this feeling into the film. Horror stories and films are generally associated with things such as suspense, characters, how well the person can relate, dark scary atmospheres, and loud scary sounds. It would be interesting to add all of these things to the film because they are not all clearly present in the short... ... middle of paper ... ...nt to, everything will be laid out for the viewer of the film. Now speaking the other way, something that I think could be gained from changing a film to a short story is that in a story the author is generally able to add a significant amount of detail to the writing. Something that is lost when transforming a film to short story is the visual imagery. In conclusion, there is a lot of work to be done in making a short story to film adaption. There must be a focus on how the film will look with the setting and the characters. In making a film there needs to be consideration given to sound. The way the characters sound and the music are both very important in creating the mood. There are certain things that are to be expected in horror and suspense films and in making "The Monkey's Paw" a film I would do my best to stay true to the genre and incorporate what I could.
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