Adapting The Godfather from A History of the Art of Adaptation [Video] (0:52)

You Can Please Some of the People Some of the Time… None of the People All of the Time: A History of the Art of Adaptation in Movies like Dune, The Godfather, Harry Potter and More!

Dr. Rosanne Welch speaks on A History of the Art of Adaptation in Movies like Dune, The Godfather, Harry Potter and More! at the California State University, Fullerton Library

Part of the program series for Dune by Frank Herbert: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.

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Adapting The Godfather from A History of the Art of Adaptation [Video] (0:52)

 

Transcript:

This is a huge change in terms of what we can do in movies. That doesn’t mean we stop having pressure to change particular movies and this one is probably my all time favorite movie in the whole history of the world, The Godfather, which I always make film students watch if they haven’t, because it’s quite brilliant. But as a kid, I snuck a copy of this and read it when I wasn’t supposed to. It was in the adult section of the library so I had a friend sneak it out. Instead of going to a liquor store and getting liquor, I got The Godfather. Som then I could read it and figure out — because I had seen the movie and really wanted to know more about it. Now, in the movie, we all know Marlon Brando is going to play Vito Corleone and it is a pretty good version of the book, but there are things they can’t do. The first thing is they had great trouble, not with any film rating system, despite the violence that will appear in this film. Violence not so bad. It’s the sex and bad words we don’t like children to see. Violence, they can see all kinds of. 

About this talk

Dr. Rosanne Welch (RTVF) speaks on the craft of history of film adaptations from the controversy of the silent film Birth of a Nation (protested by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1915) to Breakfast at Tiffany’s (to which author Truman Capote famously said, “The only thing left from the book is the title”) to The Godfather . Naturally, the behemoth in adaptation – Harry Potter (which depended on the relationship created by adapter Steve Kloves and author J.K. Rowling) will be discussed, as will the subject of this month’s celebration: Dune.

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

About Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch is a professor in the Low Residency MFA in Screenwriting Program from Stephens College, California State University, Fullerton, Mount San Antonio Community College and Cal Poly Pomona.  In 2007, she graduated with her Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S./Film History from Claremont Graduate University.  She graduated with her M.A. in 20th Century United States History from California State University, Northridge in 2004.

Welch is also a television writer/producer with credits for Beverly Hills 90210 , CBS’s Emmy winning Picket Fences and Touched By An Angel . She also writes and hosts her own podcasts on 3rdPass.media, her first one titled “Mindful(I) Media with Dr. Rosanne Welch.”

Her upcoming book, “Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture” will be published in Fall 2016

Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work and Kids and The Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space are two books she has written. Los Angeles Times and the Journal of Screenwriting hold some of her published articles.

Dr. Rosanne Welch Web Site and Blog

Follow Dr. Welch on Twitter

Dr. Rosanne Welch on YouTube

Censorship in 1960’s Television from 1960’s TV Censorship and The Monkees with Dr. Rosanne Welch [Video] (1:05)

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Censorship in 1960's Television from 1960's TV Censorship and The Monkees with Dr. Rosanne Welch

 

“1960s TV Censorship and The Monkees” gives a brief overview of where censorship standards were in the era – and how The Monkees pushed the envelope with its mentions of the Vietnam War – and Sunset Strip riots – and even with the outrageous storytelling behind “Frodis Caper”, the episode that celebrated the saving of an alien plant that very closely resembled a marijuana plant…  

Writer Treva Silverman said the staff got away with such jokes because the network executives were just old enough not to understand any of the references.
Presented at Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting classes on Friday, August 5, 2016

Transcript:

Now we think about censorship and the timeframe we’re in. Let’s think about what’s going on in television right now. Ok? We have codes about what you can and can’t do. The Smothers Brothers are going to get cancelled because they talk too much about the Vietname War and The Monkees talked about it before The Smothers Brothers showed up. Pete Seeger is not going to be allowed to sing “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy” because that’s about the Vietnam War and so he will not be allowed to sing that on television for a couple of years. Barbara Eden — who knows what was censored about Barbara Eden? (Audience) “Belly Button!” Her belly button. Her outfit, her harem outfit could not go below the belly button. You can’t show women’s belly button. On That Girl, Marlo Thomas had — any time she dated her boyfriend, Donald, we had to see Donald leave her apartment and her shut the door behind him. You could not assume that he had spent the night with her. She was a single woman living alone and you had to know that she was stilla virgin to make her acceptable to television. Right? This is what we’re talking about here in 1966. 


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 Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture

 

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About Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch is a professor in the Low Residency MFA in Screenwriting Program from Stephens College, California State University, Fullerton, Mount San Antonio Community College and Cal Poly Pomona.  In 2007, she graduated with her Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S./Film History from Claremont Graduate University.  She graduated with her M.A. in 20th Century United States History from California State University, Northridge in 2004.

Welch is also a television writer/producer with credits for Beverly Hills 90210 , CBS’s Emmy winning Picket Fences and Touched By An Angel . She also writes and hosts her own podcasts on 3rdPass.media, her first one titled “Mindful(I) Media with Dr. Rosanne Welch.”

Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work and Kids and The Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space are two books she has written. Los Angeles Times and the Journal of Screenwriting hold some of her published articles.

Dr. Rosanne Welch Web Site and Blog

Follow Dr. Welch on Twitter

Dr. Rosanne Welch on YouTube

Manipulating MPAA Ratings from A History of the Art of Adaptation [Video] (0:31)

You Can Please Some of the People Some of the Time… None of the People All of the Time: A History of the Art of Adaptation in Movies like Dune, The Godfather, Harry Potter and More!

Dr. Rosanne Welch speaks on A History of the Art of Adaptation in Movies like Dune, The Godfather, Harry Potter and More! at the California State University, Fullerton Library

Part of the program series for Dune by Frank Herbert: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Watch this entire presentation

Manipulating MPAA Ratings from A History of the Art of Adaptation

 

Transcript:

This is one of the things that changed many of our films. Now, what we have to discover is what rating do you want, right? Really, people don’t want a G rating because they think teenagers won’t come to it. So they have to have a couple of bad words. So, for instance, ET, he calls his brother “penis breath.” That gives them a PG. That one moment and they entirely did that merely to make sure that they teenagers would go see that movie. It’s really quite hilarious. It’s calculated. it has to be planned ahead and likewise, sometimes they’ll do just a couple of extra things to nudge themselves into an R rating and then they’l fight with the board and then say, “Ok, we’ll take these 2 things out” and it’s the other stuff they really wanted to keep, but they had to put those extra things in there so they could be seen to compromise in order to pull down to a PG rating.

About this talk

Dr. Rosanne Welch (RTVF) speaks on the craft of history of film adaptations from the controversy of the silent film Birth of a Nation (protested by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1915) to Breakfast at Tiffany’s (to which author Truman Capote famously said, “The only thing left from the book is the title”) to The Godfather . Naturally, the behemoth in adaptation – Harry Potter (which depended on the relationship created by adapter Steve Kloves and author J.K. Rowling) will be discussed, as will the subject of this month’s celebration: Dune.

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

About Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch is a professor in the Low Residency MFA in Screenwriting Program from Stephens College, California State University, Fullerton, Mount San Antonio Community College and Cal Poly Pomona.  In 2007, she graduated with her Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S./Film History from Claremont Graduate University.  She graduated with her M.A. in 20th Century United States History from California State University, Northridge in 2004.

Welch is also a television writer/producer with credits for Beverly Hills 90210 , CBS’s Emmy winning Picket Fences and Touched By An Angel . She also writes and hosts her own podcasts on 3rdPass.media, her first one titled “Mindful(I) Media with Dr. Rosanne Welch.”

Her upcoming book, “Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture” will be published in Fall 2016

Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work and Kids and The Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space are two books she has written. Los Angeles Times and the Journal of Screenwriting hold some of her published articles.

Dr. Rosanne Welch Web Site and Blog

Follow Dr. Welch on Twitter

Dr. Rosanne Welch on YouTube

The Muppets and The Monkees from 1960’s TV Censorship and The Monkees with Dr. Rosanne Welch [Video] (1:01)

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The Muppets and The Monkees from 1960's TV Censorship and The Monkees with Dr. Rosanne Welch

 

“1960s TV Censorship and The Monkees” gives a brief overview of where censorship standards were in the era – and how The Monkees pushed the envelope with its mentions of the Vietnam War – and Sunset Strip riots – and even with the outrageous storytelling behind “Frodis Caper”, the episode that celebrated the saving of an alien plant that very closely resembled a marijuana plant…  

Writer Treva Silverman said the staff got away with such jokes because the network executives were just old enough not to understand any of the references.
Presented at Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting classes on Friday, August 5, 2016

Transcript:

This gentleman directed most of the episodes of the Monkees and you all, right here on this lot, should know something about him, because he won and Emmy as a director of The Monkees and then he grew up to direct The Muppet Movie. He’s got a couple Emmys to his credit — so James Frawley. there’s a lot of really interesting people involved in the show early on that, of course, most people didn’t know that much about and that was fun. These are the guys — this is Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith and Davy Jones who was the big heartthrob. In fact, he passed away a couple of years ago. He’s been voted the greatest heartthrob of all time. The greatest teen idol of all time beating out any other person you can think of. That’s them holding their Emmy. The show won an Emmy for Best New Sitcom in its opening year in 1967. So, that’s something people don’t really think about. People think of the music and whether or not they played their own instruments, but they won an Emmy. This was The Big Bang Theory, The Seinfeld of its day. It was that popular and that well-respected within the business. So I think that’s cool.


Buy “Why The Monkees Matter” Today!

 Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture

 

McFarland (Direct from Publisher) | Amazon | Kindle Edition | Nook Edition


About Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch is a professor in the Low Residency MFA in Screenwriting Program from Stephens College, California State University, Fullerton, Mount San Antonio Community College and Cal Poly Pomona.  In 2007, she graduated with her Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S./Film History from Claremont Graduate University.  She graduated with her M.A. in 20th Century United States History from California State University, Northridge in 2004.

Welch is also a television writer/producer with credits for Beverly Hills 90210 , CBS’s Emmy winning Picket Fences and Touched By An Angel . She also writes and hosts her own podcasts on 3rdPass.media, her first one titled “Mindful(I) Media with Dr. Rosanne Welch.”

Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work and Kids and The Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space are two books she has written. Los Angeles Times and the Journal of Screenwriting hold some of her published articles.

Dr. Rosanne Welch Web Site and Blog

Follow Dr. Welch on Twitter

Dr. Rosanne Welch on YouTube

Why The Monkees Matter Presentation for St. Scholastica Academy Honors Sociology class [Video] (40:43)

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Thanks to the magic of Skype I was able to appear as a guest lecturer for the St. Scholastica Academy Honors Sociology class. Their engaging teacher has been using The Monkees to illustrate concepts in Sociology all year long and so I tailored this talk to the aspects of the book that discuss how feminism, civil rights and ethnic studies are represented in episodes of the show.

Why The Monkees Matter Presentation for St. Scholastica Academy Honors Sociology class [Video] (40:43) 

 

Buy “Why The Monkees Matter” Today!

 Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture

 

McFarland (Direct from Publisher) | Amazon | Kindle Edition | Nook Edition


About Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch is a professor in the Low Residency MFA in Screenwriting Program from Stephens College, California State University, Fullerton, Mount San Antonio Community College and Cal Poly Pomona.  In 2007, she graduated with her Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S./Film History from Claremont Graduate University.  She graduated with her M.A. in 20th Century United States History from California State University, Northridge in 2004.

Welch is also a television writer/producer with credits for Beverly Hills 90210 , CBS’s Emmy winning Picket Fences and Touched By An Angel . She also writes and hosts her own podcasts on 3rdPass.media, her first one titled “Mindful(I) Media with Dr. Rosanne Welch.”

Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work and Kids and The Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space are two books she has written. Los Angeles Times and the Journal of Screenwriting hold some of her published articles.

Dr. Rosanne Welch Web Site and Blog

Follow Dr. Welch on Twitter

Dr. Rosanne Welch on YouTube

Book Signing: Why The Monkees Matter with Dr. Rosanne Welch – Saturday, November 5, 2016 – Des Peres, MO (Greater St. Louis Area)

Book Reading: Why The Monkees Matter with Dr. Rosanne Welch - Saturday, November 5, 2016 - Des Peres, MO (Greater St. Louis Area)

Join me for a reading from my latest book, “Why The Monkees Matter” at Barnes and Noble Des Peres, Missouri (Greater St. Louis Area) on November 5, 2016.

This is the afternoon when The Monkees will be performing at The Family Areana in nearby St. Charles, MO. 

Live Nearby and/or going to the concert? Stop by. Pick up a copy of the book. See my presentation and reading.

Date:

Saturday November 5, 2016 1:00 PM 

Location:

Barnes and Noble
West County Mall 
113 West County Center
Des Peres, MO 63131
314-835-9980 

MPAA Ratings Replace the Hays Code from A History of the Art of Adaptation [Video] (1:01)

You Can Please Some of the People Some of the Time… None of the People All of the Time: A History of the Art of Adaptation in Movies like Dune, The Godfather, Harry Potter and More!

Dr. Rosanne Welch speaks on A History of the Art of Adaptation in Movies like Dune, The Godfather, Harry Potter and More! at the California State University, Fullerton Library

Part of the program series for Dune by Frank Herbert: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Watch this entire presentation

MPAA Ratings Replace the Hays Code from A History of the Art of Adaptation [Video] (1:01)

 

Transcript:

The Hays Code stayed with us until 1968. Finally we let it go and it was replaced by the Motion Picture Film Rating system that we’re all used to today. So your G, your PG, etc, etc. One of my favorite funny stories is that an R rating — and there’s listing of everything you have to do to see what rating you earn. The R rating can be earned if you use the F-word more than once in consecutive conversation. So The King’s Speech, which won the Oscar a couple of years ago was originally released with an R rating, because when he’s stuttering he says the F-word 4 or 5 times in a row on one sentence. That’s entirely – nobody has sex in that movie. Nobody does anything that — it’s a G-rated movies. It entirely is except for that moment. So once it won the Oscar that cut that one piece out and they re-released it as a PG film, because then they knew families wanted to come see it. I think that’s hilarious. So there are rules that come off of the Hays Code, but that work in our fim system now, but they’re not as bad as the Hays Code.

About this talk

Dr. Rosanne Welch (RTVF) speaks on the craft of history of film adaptations from the controversy of the silent film Birth of a Nation (protested by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1915) to Breakfast at Tiffany’s (to which author Truman Capote famously said, “The only thing left from the book is the title”) to The Godfather . Naturally, the behemoth in adaptation – Harry Potter (which depended on the relationship created by adapter Steve Kloves and author J.K. Rowling) will be discussed, as will the subject of this month’s celebration: Dune.

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

About Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch is a professor in the Low Residency MFA in Screenwriting Program from Stephens College, California State University, Fullerton, Mount San Antonio Community College and Cal Poly Pomona.  In 2007, she graduated with her Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S./Film History from Claremont Graduate University.  She graduated with her M.A. in 20th Century United States History from California State University, Northridge in 2004.

Welch is also a television writer/producer with credits for Beverly Hills 90210 , CBS’s Emmy winning Picket Fences and Touched By An Angel . She also writes and hosts her own podcasts on 3rdPass.media, her first one titled “Mindful(I) Media with Dr. Rosanne Welch.”

Her upcoming book, “Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture” will be published in Fall 2016

Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work and Kids and The Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space are two books she has written. Los Angeles Times and the Journal of Screenwriting hold some of her published articles.

Dr. Rosanne Welch Web Site and Blog

Follow Dr. Welch on Twitter

Dr. Rosanne Welch on YouTube

Dr. Rosanne Welch presents at Pomona Reads 2016

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Treva Silverman and The Monkees from 1960’s TV Censorship and The Monkees with Dr. Rosanne Welch [Video] (1:07)

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Treva Silverman and The Monkees from 1960's TV Censorship and The Monkees with Dr. Rosanne Welch

 

“1960s TV Censorship and The Monkees” gives a brief overview of where censorship standards were in the era – and how The Monkees pushed the envelope with its mentions of the Vietnam War – and Sunset Strip riots – and even with the outrageous storytelling behind “Frodis Caper”, the episode that celebrated the saving of an alien plant that very closely resembled a marijuana plant…  

Writer Treva Silverman said the staff got away with such jokes because the network executives were just old enough not to understand any of the references.
Presented at Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting classes on Friday, August 5, 2016

Transcript:

…and Treva Silverman — in the world of looking for women writers was the first woman to write comedy on television without a male partner and a couple of years after The Monkees — yeah, I know, Yea for her!. After The Monkees she joined the Mary Tyler Moore Show where she won an Emmy for writing the episode where Lou Grant’s wife asks for a divorce and that was because, as the only female writer on The Mary Tyler Moore Show — which seems crazy, but was, in fact, true, she came to the producers and said, “You know, all my friends think Ed Asner is sexy, but they feel guilty liking him because his character is married. So, if we got rid of the wife then they wouldn’t feel so guilty.” and the guys on the show were like “Ed Asner? You’re out of your mind” but they let her write that episode and she won an Emmy for it because it was, of course, in the early 70’s and this idea of women choosing to be divorced because they’s never had a life and they didn’t want to be the side of their husband, was a really fascinating thing. So she won an Emmy — she won 2 Emmys — that year actually. So all these folks had really — these are the people I interviewed and helped me get a focus on what was going on with the show, which I think is really interesting.


Buy “Why The Monkees Matter” Today!

 Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture

 

McFarland (Direct from Publisher) | Amazon | Kindle Edition | Nook Edition


About Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch is a professor in the Low Residency MFA in Screenwriting Program from Stephens College, California State University, Fullerton, Mount San Antonio Community College and Cal Poly Pomona.  In 2007, she graduated with her Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S./Film History from Claremont Graduate University.  She graduated with her M.A. in 20th Century United States History from California State University, Northridge in 2004.

Welch is also a television writer/producer with credits for Beverly Hills 90210 , CBS’s Emmy winning Picket Fences and Touched By An Angel . She also writes and hosts her own podcasts on 3rdPass.media, her first one titled “Mindful(I) Media with Dr. Rosanne Welch.”

Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work and Kids and The Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space are two books she has written. Los Angeles Times and the Journal of Screenwriting hold some of her published articles.

Dr. Rosanne Welch Web Site and Blog

Follow Dr. Welch on Twitter

Dr. Rosanne Welch on YouTube

Newspaper Interview with Dr. Rosanne Welch – Pomona Reads! community reading event set for this Saturday

I was interviewed for this article on Pomona Reads, which takes place tomorrow, Saturday October 14, 2016.

You can find complete information at Pomona Reads on Facebook.

From the article…

GOING DEEP ON ‘DR. WHO’

The community reading event will also include a talk about the television series “Dr. Who” by Rosanne Welch, who teaches humanities courses in the interdisciplinary general education department at Cal Poly Pomona. Welch has written about the show and “Torchwood,” a show spin-off.

“Dr. Who” is a British television science-fiction series that has a large following and which has been produced by the BBC since 1963.

Welch’s talk will appeal to both those who are longtime fans of the show and for those just learning about it. The series is a good example of the pairing of creativity and quality writing, Welch said.

The main character in the show is an alien who travels through space and time with different companions. The departure of actors playing the main character has not hurt the show. Instead, the changes have provided show writers a way to give the alien character and his companions new adventures, Welch said.

“They’ve really become a huge worldwide phenomenon,” she said.

One generation enjoyed “Dr. Who” in their youth, and they introduced it to their children and now their grandchildren are following it, Welch said.
“Dr. Who” offers “a positive look at the future,” Welch said, while most science fiction tends to be dystopian.

The alien finds goodness in earth and its people, “and he’s a champion for us,” Welch said.