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Adaptation.: The Shooting Script

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"One of the most talked about scripts of the year, Adaptation is the story of an orchid collector (Chris Cooper), a journalist (Meryl Streep, as author Susan Orlean), and the screenwriter (Charlie Kaufman, played by Nicolas Cage) who, in adapting Orlean's bestselling book The Orchid Thief writes himself and his twin brother (also played by Cage) into the movie." "In the fo ...more
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Published December 19th 2002 by Newmarket Press (first published November 21st 2000)
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Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
Nov 12, 2011 Joshua Nomen-Mutatio rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: King Shits of Pomo Fuck Mountain
Josh Rohrmayer was enduring a powerful, multi-day, disruption (i.e. full stop cessation) of the ability to sleep when he called himself on the phone. He was under an assault of rapidly forming ideas about things to write about. One trail of mental associations led to something he could write about the screenplay of one of his favorite films{1} of all time. He thought about the idea of Charlie Kaufman being one of his heroes. He fell into a tangential reverie about his heroes more generally… Sinc ...more
'Adaptation.' must be my favourite movie. (And this with me being a huge Pink Floyd fan, and incredibly moved by 'The Wall') Credited to Charlie and Donald Kaufman, meant as an adaptation of an actual book (which I will definitely read when I find it), it tells the story of a screenwriter trying to adapt a book, ending up writing about himself adapting a book. At a first watch, it could be as confusing as it sounds. Be assured, though, that you'll find it strangely compelling. Of course, nobody ...more
Sahil Sood
This is bizarre. There is no formula here; only muddlement. The whole act is one crazy genius! Also, the shot by shot analysis makes one fill with awe at the sheer talent on display.
Brent Simon
May 07, 2010 Brent Simon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Brent by: myself

Brent Simon, from his chair by his computer desk, walks over to his bookshelf and picks out his next book of choice to read, 'Adaptation: The Shooting Script' by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman. He walks with it in hand back to his computer desk and sits down in the chair. He lays it on top of the desk, by the computer's mouse and clicks on his web browser, Mozilla Firefox, in the quick launch section. A pop up appears with two red circles with X's
Darin Strachan
Adaptation is not my favorite film to watch in the Charlie Kaufman canon, but the script is an enjoyable read. Its construction and streaming flow are masterful. This book also includes an interview of both Kaufman and director Spike Jonze that more insightful and forthright than any other I have read or seen with the subjects.
Crazy and completely existential. I can't believe someone can defy all the rules and still get away with it beautifully. I am in awe. I will watch the film now and see how it translates to the page...
liked the film
i think charlie kauffman is a smart funny fellow

new market shooting script series are easier to read than some other script books

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در صورت تمایل، جهت مشخصات فیلمی که بر اساس این کتاب ساخته شده‌ است؛ می‌توانید از لینک زیر استفاده بفرمایید
I parodied this in my novel Uncorrected Proof (see )
"Find an ending, but don't cheat, and don't you dare bring in a deus ex machina."

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It actually gets better as you read the screenplay.
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Charles Stuart Kaufman is an American playwright, film producer, theater and film director, and an Academy Award, BAFTA, and Independent Spirit Award-winning screenwriter. In 2003 he was listed at #100 on Premiere's annual "Power 100" list. He was also identified by Time Magazine in 2004 as one of the 100 most powerful people in Hollywood.
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