Randomly Booked: Books into Movies

Filed in Randomly Booked , The Random Lover Posted on March 18, 2010 @ 9:00 am 1 comments

I was filming a movie for a college project the last two days. Its a very intense process and sometimes its fun. As I was thinking about what to write I thought about talking about books that were made into movies. There are so many books that are made into movies especially in the last few years.

Most of the adapted books that I watch are fantasy. Filming those movies is so hard because normally there are creatures that need to be inserted through animation and if there is flying it needs to look real. So everyone knows about the blue and green screens that one needs to film in front. But there is a lot more that needs to be done. The actors have to be convincing about whats happening when actually nothing really happens next to them.

The hardest part is getting all the important information from the book into the movie but there are things that have to be changed in order to create a movie that makes sense. The Harry Potter movies are a perfect example. The books were written amazingly detailed but the movies never had the full story in them. The movies even had parts some scenes that never were written in the books. This really frustrated me because I love the Harry Potter books and the story being changed caused problems with the story in the later books and resulted in the later movies being even harder to make.

Filming in a blue or green room is strange but cool. I filmed in a blue room this week and the shots I filmed had to be planned according to how we wanted the background to be. In most fantasy books you also need to think of the characters and how they will look in your shots. Its fun to do but has to be very exact otherwise the whole movie and story is ruined.

I find it interesting how directors interpret the best way to film each book or story. Its interesting to see how they show the scenes you picture while reading. Also the actors make the characters have a specific face so that when you read you end up picturing the actors.

The picture above was taken by me in March 2010 during the filming for my final project in college.

What do you find interesting in how directors show your favorite book that became a movie?

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  • DarkWyrmReads March 20, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Cool post. It looks like things have been interesting.

    I think some books-to-movies are good translations. It's understandable that some things can't be done on film. Like you mentioned, Harry Potter is an excellent example.

    Then, you have the other side – Percy Jackson was completely destroyed when it was turned into a movie, and there's no real (good) reason for all the changes that were made.

    By the way, you've been chosen for a blog award. Details can be found here: http://darkwyrmreads.blogspot.com/2010/03/my-first-blog-award-o.html

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