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Monday, May 30, 2011

Assignment: Film adaptation

This is part of a series suggesting different ways to use Moviestorm in schools or other educational environments. They also make useful exercises for film-makers wanting to develop and practice different film-making techniques.  Many more lesson plans and ideas, with free downloadable resources, can be found on the Moviestorm Web site.

Assignment: Film adaptation
Write a short story, or choose a set text. Then adapt it to a film.

This is an adaption of Joyce Carol Oates’s short story “Heat” made for an “Intro to Literature Class.” (Not suitable for younger students.)

Suggested techniques

Remember to add in sound and music, as well as a good title and credit sequence.

For teachers: benefits to students

  • This helps students develop skills in video as well as prose.
  • Students will understand issues involved in adapting a book to a film. You can then relate this to other film or TV adaptations.
  • This makes a good group project.


  • Ages 14+
  • Suitable for groups
  • Literature, media


(1) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

Darth_Angelus on 05/31 at 06:24 AM

Alone was adapted from a short horror story I wrote in school. It was great fun to do that smile

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