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RE: [screenwriters-261] Question re: screenwriting credit

From: steve h.
Sent on: Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:07 PM
You should get the rights before you do it.
 
If you write first and try for rights later you will have problems.
 
I thought about doing adaptations but getting rights is such a pain I decided to learn how to do my own stories.
 
That can be done- Truby, McKee, others.
 
Steve


From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Eric
Sent: Friday, November 02,[masked]:45 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [screenwriters-261] Question re: screenwriting credit

What do you plan to do with this?

-Make it into a short: to show in festivals?

-Make it into a feature: and try and sell it to a distributor?

It makes a big difference how you intend to show it and if you plan to make money off of it or not.

Lawyers are expensive and not a cost that shows up on the screen.

On Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 8:31 PM, Lee <[address removed]> wrote:
I recently finished up writing a short screenplay. The screenplay is an adaption from a short story written by someone I don't know.

Right now, I have the credit as "Written by Lee Stokes, adapted from a Story by Book Writer".

Which if it was a straight forward adaptation, I would move ahead with.
HOWEVER, the truth is that as I wrote the screenplay, I realized that I hated the ending in the book.
I liked the characters, the setup, and most of the story, but when the payoff came, I pretty much hated it.
As the screenplay is now, I'd say like 2/3 or 3/4 of the story is the authors, but the final piece is wholly mine. I mean, my ending is nothing like his, nor based in any way on his original ending.

So two questions:
1. how do I credit the writing?
2. how do I broach the situation to the author when the time comes to try to obtain rights?

Any thoughts, insights or tips appreciated. If whatever I wrote isn't clear, I am willing to try and explain further.

Lee

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