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INSIDER TIPS FOR SHORT STORY WRITERS:
SHORT STORIES & FILM
The short story genre is one of my personal favorites. I was inspired to add that category to the Moondance competition by Francis Ford Coppola, who started Zoetrope.com for short-story writers, because he believes that short stories are one of the best ways to find the seed of an idea for a feature film. I agree. Short illustrated graphic novels and comic books are also a part of the short story genre. I encourage writers to submit up to 3 short stories (for a single entry fee) for the best chance to win. I sincerely look forward to reading your stories each season.
Short stories have frequently been adapted for radio dramas, A popular example of this is “The Hitch-Hiker“, read by Orson Welles. Sometimes, short stories are adapted into television specials or shows, and are often made into short films, usually adapted by other people, and even as feature-length films.
Some short stories and novellas that were made into successful feature films:
“Alice in Wonderland”, by Lewis Carroll;
“The Body Snatcher”, by Robert Louis Stevenson;
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, by Truman Capote;
“Brokeback Mountain”, by Annie Proulx;
“Children of the Corn”, by Stephen King;
“A Christmas Carol”, by Charles Dickens;
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, by F. Scott Fitzgerald;
“Apocalypse Now”, by Joseph Conrad;
“It’s a Wonderful Life”, by Phillip Van Doren Stern;
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, by James Thurber;
“The Gift of the Magi”, by O. Henry;
“2001: a Space Odyssey”, by Arthur C. Clarke.
A short story is a brief work of literature, usually written in narrative prose. Emerging from earlier oral storytelling traditions, the short story has grown to encompass a body of work so diverse as to defy easy characterization. At its most prototypical, the short story features a small cast of named characters, and focuses on a self-contained incident with the intent of evoking a “single effect” or mood. In so doing, short stories make use of plot, resonance, and other dynamic components to a far greater degree than is typical of an anecdote, yet to a far lesser degree than a novel.
The short story has been considered a crafted form in its own right. Short story writers may define their works as part of the artistic and personal expression of the form. A classic definition of a short story is that one should be able to read it in one sitting. The maximum word count of the short story is anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 words. Stories of fewer than 1,000 words are sometimes referred to as “short-short stories”, or “flash fiction”.
As a concentrated form of narrative prose fiction, the successful short story must have all the elements of the traditional dramatic structure, which is also true for a feature or short screenplay:
EXPOSITION: the introduction of setting, situation and main characters
COMPLICATION: the event that introduces the conflict
RISING ACTION: crisis (the decisive moment for the protagonist and his or her commitment to a course of action)
CLIMAX: the point of highest interest in terms of the conflict and the point with the most action
RESOLUTION: the point when the conflict is resolved
The endings of many short stories are abrupt and open, and may, or may not, have a moral or practical lesson. O. Henry had an inimitable hand for isolating some element of society and describing it with an incredible economy and grace of language in his popular short stories.
As with any art form, the exact characteristics of a short story will vary by creator. Short stories tend to be less complex than novels. Usually a short story focuses on one incident; has a single plot, a single setting, a small number of characters; and covers a short period of time. The modern short story form emerged from oral story-telling traditions, the brief moralistic narratives of parables and fables, and the prose anecdote, all of these being forms of a swiftly-sketched situation that quickly comes to its point.
In order for a short story to be considered for a film adaptation, it must be cinematic, visual, have vivid characters and dialog, action, 3-act structure, as well as a unique, clear and interesting story. American writer O. Henry’s short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization, and with clever, thought-provoking, surprise twist endings.
Some text & info excerpted from Wikipedia & edited by Elizabeth English
SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles one has overcome.” ~ BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
“The key to completing large life goals is having the willpower and the skills to do so.” ~ excerpted from www.luminosity.com
“You can travel great distances, but still stay where you are. Sometimes we spend our lives running from one place to the next, but remain the same person. This is why the same types of situations, people, and chaos seem to follow us wherever we go, until we discover the lessons we are meant to learn and make an inner change.” ~ YEHUDA BERG, Kabhallist
“Winter is an etching; spring is a watercolor; summer an oil painting, and autumn is a mosaic of them all.” ~ STANLEY HOROWITZ, American author, poet
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” ~ NIDO QUBEIN, motivational speaker
In memory of CHARLES DURNING, 1923-2012, award-winning actor in film, TV and theatre in his prolific 50-year career as a consummate Oscar-nominated character actor, playing everyone from a Nazi colonel to the pope to Dustin Hoffman’s would-be suitor in “Tootsie”, WWII hero, and a faithful Moondance supporter and friend. “I never turned down anything and never argued with any producer or director,” Durning told The Associated Press in 2008, when he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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