10 Films Based On Short Stories

Are all movies produced from screenplays only?


Many have been inspired by novels. Think Harry Potter and Twilight. But, did you know that there are a large number inspired by short stories?

Here are a few just to give you an idea:

Sleepy Hollow – based on Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Birds – based on Daphne du Maurier’s story with the same name

Minority Report – based on Philip K. Dick’s story with the same name

I, Robot – inspired by a collection of short stories by Issac Asimov of the same name

Candyman – based on Clive Barker’s collection of stories in the Books of Blood

They Live – based on Ray Nelson’s Eight O’Clock In the Morning

Dark Water – based on Koji Suzuki’s Floating Water

Screamers – based on Philip K. Dick’s Second Variety

The Thing – based on John W. Campbell Jr.’s Who Goes There?

In my next post, how does a short story get selected to be a film?

Dreams and Reality

How realistic is it to dream big as a writer?  What if you want to sell a million copies of your book or have a big-time producer interested in your script?  In a world where there seems to be more writers than readers, how is this realistic?

What do you do?  Should you give up on those dreams, or just dream smaller?

Everyone need their dreams no matter how unrealistic they are.   To shun them is like death to the artist within you; it would only invite misery and at times even chaos.

So, screw it.  Go ahead, dream big or dream small.   The game-changer?  You need to act on those dreams.  They won’t happen by themselves.  It takes work; lots of it.  It won’t be easy.  The path to success won’t be straight.  The key to all is to never give up.  It may take a year. Heck, it may even take ten years!  Just keep plugging at it no matter what.

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”-Mary Manin Morrissey

“Life is never easy for those who dream.”-Robert James Walker

Camp, Serial Fiction and Screenplays

Didn’t write as many words as I’d hoped for Camp NaNoWriMo; ended up with around 5,000 words, well short of the goal (10,000 words).  I’m okay with this though; there’s always July or even November 🙂

I haven’t been completely unproductive.  This past week I posted two new chapters to Redemption:

Chapter Twenty-four

Chapter Twenty-five

In case you don’t know what this story’s about, here’s a brief synopsis:

Anaya and her family survived an apocalyptic event by seeking refuge in a city deep underground; however, this safe haven isn’t what it appears to be.

I recently bought a new book from Amazon:  Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect by Claudia Hunter Johnson.  I wrote two feature-length screenplays (Eternal Bond and Storms of the Heart), but I feel in order to increase my chances of having anything produced I should start with the short screenplay.

What do you think?  A good idea, or not?