What Would You Do With This Story To Make It Into A Movie Script?

Use this forum to discuss the November 2019 Book of the month, "Deadly Waters: The Vietnam Naval War And Its Aftermath", by Randy Miller.
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What Would You Do With This Story To Make It Into A Movie Script?

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I have always believed that when a story is good, it should always be afforded an opportunity to introduce itself on the big screen.

So, imagine that you have been given the opportunity to turn Deadly Waters into a movie script, how would you adapt the story for the camera?

What elements would you introduce? Which themes in the story would you shrink (if any) and which ones would you shine more light on? How far would you alter the story(if you were allowed to) to make it more screen-worthy and relevant to contemporary society without taking away the core of Randy Miller's work?

Remember, your answer is your opinion, so feel free to answer however you feel.

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I think this is a great topic and I cannot wait to read the replies. I have not read the book, because the topic does not interest me for hours. But I could see myself watching 90 minutes on this subject.

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vermontelf wrote:
26 Nov 2019, 10:48
I think this is a great topic and I cannot wait to read the replies. I have not read the book, because the topic does not interest me for hours. But I could see myself watching 90 minutes on this subject.
Exactly, most people are more open to visual assimilation than they are to picking up a text. So I want to see how excited people will be with this story if it was a film instead of a book.

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Jachike Samuelson wrote:
26 Nov 2019, 20:17
vermontelf wrote:
26 Nov 2019, 10:48
I think this is a great topic and I cannot wait to read the replies. I have not read the book, because the topic does not interest me for hours. But I could see myself watching 90 minutes on this subject.
Exactly, most people are more open to visual assimilation than they are to picking up a text. So I want to see how excited people will be with this story if it was a film instead of a book.
I agree! If the novel touches the reader's heart, how much more when it will be seen as a movie. The big screen is a great help to the Vets, even if not all of them were alive, at least for the sake of their children and family.
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jeminah28 wrote:
27 Nov 2019, 18:34
Jachike Samuelson wrote:
26 Nov 2019, 20:17
vermontelf wrote:
26 Nov 2019, 10:48
I think this is a great topic and I cannot wait to read the replies. I have not read the book, because the topic does not interest me for hours. But I could see myself watching 90 minutes on this subject.
Exactly, most people are more open to visual assimilation than they are to picking up a text. So I want to see how excited people will be with this story if it was a film instead of a book.
I agree! If the novel touches the reader's heart, how much more when it will be seen as a movie. The big screen is a great help to the Vets, even if not all of them were alive, at least for the sake of their children and family.
I totally agree

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One thing that came across my mind, if the VA will read this novel or watch this as a movie, what shall be their response? I am hoping, the VA will not repeat their mishaps as what the novel describes them.
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I think it would make a good movie. We could use something now to unite us. It would be very patriotic and could possibly inspire us to have more love and respect for our country
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Reading and visualization are two different things, people tend to relate more on words as they sink to our subconscious faster. But in movies, a lot of emphasis should be put in emotional effect for the audience to relate more, this means changing the setting to accommodate the audience. Plus, the target consumer vary between readers and movie fans hence, the content has to be doctored to each of their expectations.

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Browlyns wrote:
28 Nov 2019, 12:26
Reading and visualization are two different things, people tend to relate more on words as they sink to our subconscious faster. But in movies, a lot of emphasis should be put in emotional effect for the audience to relate more, this means changing the setting to accommodate the audience. Plus, the target consumer vary between readers and movie fans hence, the content has to be doctored to each of their expectations.
You have a great idea. The target audience might have different interest in picking a movie because we cannot force everyone to watch war history. At least, a movie sound cool for someone who don't like to read.
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Browlyns wrote:
28 Nov 2019, 12:26
Reading and visualization are two different things, people tend to relate more on words as they sink to our subconscious faster. But in movies, a lot of emphasis should be put in emotional effect for the audience to relate more, this means changing the setting to accommodate the audience. Plus, the target consumer vary between readers and movie fans hence, the content has to be doctored to each of their expectations.
I understand and agree with your point as per the differences between words in a book and the focus on emotional appeal in the case of a movie.

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justjim wrote:
28 Nov 2019, 08:23
I think it would make a good movie. We could use something now to unite us. It would be very patriotic and could possibly inspire us to have more love and respect for our country
I think it would make a good movie as well. Stories like these are certainly needed in the movie theaters today.

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I think I would cut out some of the middle. While I thought the whole book was engaging, I did think that there was a lot of filler in the middle that really wasn't necessary. If it felt like it was dragging in print form, I can only imagine what it would be like on the screen!

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I would keep the wonderful scenery and show the contrast between a moment's peace given by nature and the horror of war via your own government.

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Browlyns wrote:
28 Nov 2019, 12:26
Reading and visualization are two different things, people tend to relate more on words as they sink to our subconscious faster. But in movies, a lot of emphasis should be put in emotional effect for the audience to relate more, this means changing the setting to accommodate the audience. Plus, the target consumer vary between readers and movie fans hence, the content has to be doctored to each of their expectations.
I fully agree with your perspective, and while this tale certainly has oodles of cinematic potential, the story would indeed have to be tailored to spotlight the most emotional parts of the storyline (much like the writers have done for the ongoing war flashbacks on the tv show "This Is Us"). I would love to see a scene with those poisonous water snakes and electric eels sabotaging potential fish thieves!

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wordslinger42 wrote:
30 Nov 2019, 14:15
I think I would cut out some of the middle. While I thought the whole book was engaging, I did think that there was a lot of filler in the middle that really wasn't necessary. If it felt like it was dragging in print form, I can only imagine what it would be like on the screen!
Good call. I think most screenwriters and directors do that anyway. That's the only way the events that took place in a 500-page can be compressed into a 2 hour film or even less.

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