Monthly Archives: January 2015

Analyzing Adaptations

Today you’re going to watch five examples of adaptations from last year. I want you to watch each one TWICE. On the second time through, you need to write down answers to the following questions. Do it on a paper you can hand in. (Give me a couple of sentences for each; you need to explain why something was either a strength or a weakness.)

1. What were the strengths of this adaptation?

2. What were the weaknesses of this adaptation?

Answer those questions for each of the five. At the end of the hour, put your name on it and turn it in. We’ll talk about them late this week.

Denzel Washington

Randy Pausch

The Dalai Lama

J. K. Rowling

Ellen Degeneres


A Note on Grading Your Blog Posts

Some people have not been very thorough, and have written extremely short blurbs with each speech they chose.

Some have not done all their posts.

Some have done no posts at all.

However, I will still give you FULL CREDIT if you just GO BACK and DO THE ASSIGNMENT IN FULL.

That is all.

Adaptation: Using Shakespeare to Sell BBC Dramas

Late last year, the BBC put together this advertisement for the drama series on their channel. It features Benedict Cumberbatch reciting Shakespeare’s “All the World’s a Stage” soliloquy from As You Like It, while images from the various BBC series play on the screen. A shifting, changing classical score plays behind, pulling it together and capturing all the various stages of life addressed in the soliloquy, and represented by the images. Take a look.

What can we learn from this, for our own adaptations?

Adapting Speeches: Step One

Your job in the next couple of weeks will be to find several speeches. These could be from graduation ceremonies or inaugurations. They could be speeches from films. If you want to include poetry, you can do that too.

You need to find three speeches this week and do the following on your blog for each:

  1. What is it? Who is speaking? When was the speech given? Or, if it’s a film, when did that film come out, and who directed it? Link to the video or transcript.
  2. Summary: What are the main stories or quotes that strike you as important? In other words, if this were adapted, what would have to be included from it?
  3. Purpose: What are the big ideas that the speaker is trying to convey? What emotions does the speaker get her/his audience to feel?
  4. Adaptation Ideas: What sort of images/music/etc. could you imagine combining with this speech to make for an effective adaptation?

Please embed the video so that I can watch it while reading what you have to say about it.