Short Story to Screenplay – A Sound of Thunder

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For this project I turned Ray Bradbury’s short story, “A Sound of Thunder” into an adapted screenplay. The original story is a piece of narrative writing, as is the screenplay. However, the screenplay can also be considered as expository because it explains how to turn the story into a movie or show. When writing the screenplay, I used the necessary components such as the heading, action, character name, parentheticals and dialogue. They helped give lots of detail and depth to the story. I also used a lot of the same dialogue but changed the way they said the words. I did not want to make too many changes, as much of what the characters were saying was important to the plot and overall effect of the story. I did, however, add more description in the action lines of the screenplay to fill in the gaps left by the author in the story. I realize that I should have added more original dialogue that was not included in the story. In doing that, I would have had to keep with the same writing style and plot as the story without getting off track. I also learned how all the components of a screenplay help create a full, descriptive story, while at the same time directing actors in how to play their roles. It is definitely an intriguing way to tell a story, and it’s also fun to watch the movie when it’s done. I really enjoyed the process of transforming, “A Sound of Thunder” into a screenplay