FTI Film School


Course Information

DateSaturday 22nd April
Time9:30am - 4:30pm
PresentersJames Bogle
VenueThe Northbridge Piazza Community Room. Cnr Lake St. & James St.
Fee$100 FTI Members | $150 General Admission
Course CodeLTA2017


This one-day workshop with writer/director James Bogle delves into the art of adapting novels,  plays and other written media  into screenplays.

Adaptations are no easy feat, anyone attempting to adapt an existing story into a screenplay faces the challenge of recreating that story visually, while still eliciting the same emotional response from an audience.

Novels, plays and newspaper articles operate under different rules and parameters, this course will showcase formulas and formatting techniques that will help participants recreate source materials into a screenplay.



  • The differences between a novel and a screenplay
  • Choosing the right story (for you and commercially)
  • How it works in Australia - Agents, Novelists, Producers, Co-writers, Funding Bodies, Cast members.
  • Structure  - telling a clear story
  • Formula Rules - character, desire and conflict.
  • Eliciting emotion in the audience
  • Outer Motivation: Creating clearly defined and visible goals for characters
  • Re-creating focused and finite plots - Extracting central goals.
  • Stories to avoid adapting.
  • The importance of being ruthlessly objective.

Learn to Adapt is a hands on workshop with writing exercises, group analysis and discussions led by James.

About the tutor:

James Bogle has written and directed five theatrically released feature films including two screenplay adaptations of Australian novelists: Tim Winton's ‘In the Winter Dark’ (Novel:1988, Film:1997) and Georgia Blain's 'Closed for Winter’ (Novel: 1999, Film: 2009). His latest film, to be theatrically released nationwide in May 2017, ‘Whiteley’ is a dramatised documentary about the life and times of the famous Australian artist Brett Whiteley. Read full bio here | IMDb


Places are strictly limited to 13 participants, don’t miss this opportunity and enrol today.

When: Saturday 22nd April,2017

Times: 9:30am- 4:30pm  

Where:  The Northbridge Piazza Community Room. Cnr Lake St. & James St.
Price: $100 FTI Members | $150 General Admission


Event date: 
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 09:30 to 16:30

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