In the course of studying cinematic adaptations of literary works, students in ENGL 220 “Fiction into Film” (Section H) are preparing their own film adaptations. They’ve organized themselves into production teams, read short stories that might make good movies, and chosen their material.
But there’s one step they, like all production companies, must go through: they have to convince the writers of the source material that the adaptations will honor their intellectual property.
Fortunately, the fiction writers are all current or recent creative writing students at Kansas State, so the filmmakers got busy preparing their pitches, determined to convince the writers that their work will be in good hands.
The Staten Islanders and the Book Club production teams presented their visions to “Waiting” author Lucas Cook and “Stain” author Julio Ramirez when they visited the classroom; Ham Sandwich and Kurb made their pitches over Zoom to “Breathless” author Rylie Morgan and “In That Country” author Tyson Doll.
Writers Lucas Cook and Julio Ramirez listen to the pitches.
Book Club production team presents their vision of Julio Ramirez’s story, “Stain,” with a storyboard.
Book Club emphasizes the message of “Stain”
The Staten Islanders vie to win the rights to Lucas Cook’s story, “Waiting,” with a presentation of mis-en-scene ideas, including costume designs.
… and location shots . . .
… and props.
Ham Sandwich demonstrates the special effects they would use for Rylie Morgan’s ghost story, “Breathless.”
Kurb production team presents ideas via Zoom to “In That Country” writer Tyson Doll.
Kurb presents their vision of Tyson Doll’s story.
The class watches Kurb’s pitch.
The filmmakers demonstrated their passion for the projects with storyboards, special effects, and location shots.
After intense negotiations, all parties came to an agreement.
The Staten Islanders strike a deal with Lucas Cook.
Ham Sandwich production team awaits the decision of writer Rylie Morgan. The verdict: “I agree.”
Book Club comes to an agreement with Julio Ramirez.
You can see the finished results on December 8. After Thanksgiving Break, visit the English Department’s calendar for information about the film showing and how to attend.
— Katy Karlin, Professor
One thought on “Here’s the Pitch: “Fiction into Film” Students Win Rights to Adapt Stories”
Wow! This course has changed so much (for the better) since I taught it back in 1999, when all I could do was show movies on VHS 😆. What a great learning experience.
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