• Germany's news in English

Mixing literature and film at Frankfurt Book Fair

The Local · 13 Oct 2012, 08:17

Published: 13 Oct 2012 08:17 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Daldry was among the movers and shakers from international film, publishing and multimedia industries to share their insight into storytelling at the book fair, which runs until Sunday.

The British director and producer, whose films "The Hours," "The Reader" and "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close" were based on novels, said authors in the past had often been "dismissive" of movie adaptations of their work.

"Things have changed in the last 10 or 20 years. There used to be a point where novelists who had written a book would be quite dismissive about cinema, wouldn't care, you know, sold the rights, get as much as you can, you know, basically considered it an inferior art form," Daldry said in Frankfurt.

"That certainly is not my experience. All the writers, the novelists I've worked with have been involved from the very beginning, right the way through to the final edit or final preview with audiences," he said at a forum.

"The screen writers and original authors tend to work together and the original authors have been, and are, incredibly respectful about it being a totally different art form," he added.

"None of the authors I've worked with have ever said to me 'well, in the book...,'" he said, mentioning German writer Bernhard Schlink who had been especially open to the reworking of his novel, "The Reader."

Daldry, who also made "Billy Elliot," said he had to approach each adaptation differently.

"The story will dictate the form, the story will dictate everything," he said.

Multiple Oscar winner Richard Taylor, creative director of Weta Workshop, the New Zealand-based animation and special effects studio famous for productions such as "The Lord of the Rings," "Avatar" and soon-to-be released "The Hobbit," talked about the challenges of adapting works by J.R.R. Tolkien.

"No decision is taken lightly. It's unbelievably painful at times trying to find the core essence of Tolkien...," he said.

"It's all hidden, all through the back material, between the lines, in the life of the author. That's how you get to the heart of the images on screen."

He said it was impossible for filmmakers to ignore today's multimedia world.

Story continues below…

Filmmaking is "immensely risky" and so it makes sense to create a "flotilla" around the "mothership" by developing off-shoot products such as a graphic novel, an iPad app or publication.

"Modern marketing of intellectual property development is using every platform possible to try to create a swell of interest," Taylor said.

Daldry, asked about the crossover between different forms of media to create new platforms for storytelling, said he was "excited by the idea that you can do different things."


The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Creepy clown scare spreads to Germany
Two of the clowns were apparently equipped with chainsaws. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP file picture

Police said Friday five incidents involving so-called scary clowns had occurred in two north German town, including one assailant who hit a man with a baseball bat, amid fears that Halloween could spark a rash of similar attacks.

Student fined for spying on women via their webcams
Photo: DPA

Student from Munich fined €1,000 for spying on 32 different computers, using their webcams to take photographs, or record their keyboard history.

This is how much startup geeks earn in Germany
Photo: DPA

A comprehensive new survey of 143 startup founders shows how much you are likely to be earning at a German startup, from entry level all the way up to sitting on the board.

Man dies after beating for peeing near Freiburg church
The Johannes Church in Freiburg. Photo Jörgens Mi/Wikipedia

A middle-aged man from southern Germany has died after being attacked by a group of men who took umbrage with the fact he was urinating in the vicinity of a church.

The Local List
Seven German celebrities with uncanny doppelgängers
Former Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit and actor Alec Baldwin. Photo: DPA; Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Check out these seven look-a-likes of well known German figures - we admit that some are more tenuous than others...

Israel seeks to buy three new German submarines: report
A Dolphin class submarine. Photo: DPA

Israel is seeking to buy three more advanced submarines from Germany at a combined price of €1.2 billion, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.

Here’s where people live the longest in Germany
Photo: DPA

Germans down south seem to know the secret to a long life.

More Germans identify as LGBT than in rest of Europe
Photo: DPA

The percentage of the German population which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is higher than anywhere else in Europe, according to a new study.

'Reichsbürger' pair attack police in Saxony-Anhalt
File photo: DPA.

A "Reichsbürger" and his wife attacked police officers on Thursday, just a day after another Reichsbürger fatally shot an officer in Bavaria.

Five things not to miss at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Photo: DPA

From consulting a book doctor to immersing yourself in an author's world with the help of virtual reality, here are five things not to miss at this week's Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest publishing event.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd