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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 Percy Jackson from A History of the Art of Adaptation

 

Transcript:

Now, the excellent work adapting Harry Potter was tossed away when they adapted the Rick Riordan series that my son loved — Percy Jackson. Loved these books and in many ways, they are ripoffs of Harry Potter. They just really are. I’m sorry. Kid finds out he’s a Greek god instead of the wizard. What’s the difference? All right, I going to be powerful and save the world. The problem is when they went to make these into movies they didn’t trust the source material. In the film version, this boy is 17. In the book, he’s 12. The thing that a child can say to his parents at 12 sound ridiculous and whiny if a 17-year-old says them. So they destroyed the support for that character by making him older and they only did that so that his best friend — his Hermoine — in the books can actually be the hot chick he wants to have a relationship with in the older books. So we don’t care about 12-year-olds having it we want the 16-year-old to have a girlfriend.

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.

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Women’s History Month – 29 in a series – Jhumpa Lahiri

Women’s History Month – 29 in a series – Jhumpa Lahiri

Nilanjana Sudeshna “Jhumpa” Lahiri is an award- winning American author of Indian ethnicity. Her first short story collection won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her first novel, The Namesake, was adapted into a popular movie.

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Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection Volume One: Precolonial North America To The Early Republic – Dr. Peg A. Lamphier And Dr. Rosanne Welch, Editors

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From The Research Vault: Micky Dolenz on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Yet another research resource for Why The Monkees Matter

Micky Dolenz on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

In honor of Micky’s performances last weekend at Club 54 here’s a fun blast from the past clip of him being interviewed on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous back before the 1986 reunion tour – when he was working as a director and living in the lovely English home profiled in the show and playing polo.

Micky Dolenz on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

 

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Women’s History Month – 28 in a series – Margaretta Forten

Women’s History Month – 28 in a series – Margaretta Forten

Margaretta Forten was instrumental in founding the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society, an influential local chapter of abolitionist and journalist William Lloyd Garrison’s American Anti-Slavery Society, and served as an active member and frequent officer of the society during its entire 37-year history.

Forten was the daughter of free blacks James and Charlotte Vandine Forten. The Fortens were staunch abolitionists, and their children spent much of their time attending abolitionist meetings while they were growing up. The family also entertained prominent abolitionists and moral reformers in their home. After one such visit, poet John Greenleaf Whittier was so taken with the family that he wrote a poem titled “To the Daughters of James Forten.”

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A History of Screenwriting – 14 in a series – Buffalo Dance (W. K. L. Dickson, USA, 1894)

I teach several classes for the Stephens College Low-Residency MFA in Screenwriting, including History of Screenwriting. In fact, I created the curriculum for that course from scratch and customized it to this particular MFA in that it covers ‘Screenwriting’ (not directors) and even more specifically, the class has a female-centric focus.  As part History of Screenwriting I, the first course in the four-class series, we focus on the early women screenwriters of the silent film era  who male historians have, for the most part, quietly forgotten in their books. In this series, I share with you some of the screenwriters and films that should be part of any screenwriters education. I believe that in order  to become a great screenwriter, you need to understand the deep history of screenwriting and the amazing people who created the career. — Dr. Rosanne Welch


Buffalo Dance (W. K. L. Dickson, USA, 1894)

A History of Screenwriting - 14 in a series - Buffalo Dance (W. K. L. Dickson, USA, 1894)

According to Edison film historian C. Musser, this film and others shot on the same day (see also Sioux ghost dance) featured Native American Indian dancers from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, and constitutes the American Indian’s first appearance before a motion picture camera. 

CREATED/PUBLISHED
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., [1894]

NOTES
Copyright: no reg. 
Performers: Last Horse, Parts His Hair, Hair Coat. 
Camera, William Heise. 
Filmed September 24, 1894, in Edison’s Black Maria studio. 
Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 126. 
Received: 5-13-1994; viewing print; preservation; Hendricks (Gordon) Collection. 

SUBJECTS
Buffalo dance.
Indian dance–North America.
Dancers–United States.
Wild west shows–United States.
Dance

RELATED NAMES
Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie), 1860-1935, production.
Heise, William, camera.
Last Horse, performer.
Parts His Hair, performer.
Hair Coat, performer.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc. 
Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) 

DIGITAL ID 
edmp.4025 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/edmp.4025


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Women’s History Month – 27 in a series – Toypurina

Women’s History Month – 27 in a series – Toypurina

Toypurina, a Kumi-Vit (or Tongva) woman from the village of Javachit in today’s San Gabriel Valley, California, was born nine years before the Spanish began colonizing southern California. The Spanish would have identified her as a Gabrielino, a term that identified all native people who were relocated to San Gabriel Mission (est. 1771) and baptized. A leader of an insurrection against the San Gabriel Mission in 1785, she continues to be a symbol of resistance to Spanish colonization. 

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The Monkees as Cultural Touchstone from Why The Monkees Matter Book Signing, Book Soup, Hollywood [Video] (1:04)

This book signing at Book Soup was wonderful – good people, good conversation (before and after the signing). Just another example of the kind of quality positive people who have been drawn to The Monkees across generations – I even met a former head of publicity for ScreenGems who had some fun stories to tell. — Rosanne

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The Monkees as Cultural Touchstone from Why The Monkees Matter Book Signing, Book Soup, Hollywood

 

 

Transcript:

What I’m not sure that I should admit — in such an august work of academia — is that I concocted the entire pitch for the original piece in Written By magazine partly for an excuse to interview Micky Dolenz. I’m sorry, but he was the teen idol of my childhood. So, I guess I won’t admit that to anybody. But I can tell you, the mere fact that I, a 50-year-old professional writer and academic, squealed when I hung up the phone that day after the interview and immediately called 3 or 4 of my oldest and best chick friends to say that I had just hung up on Micky Dolenz tells you something about the cultural touchstone that this group was for my generation and interestingly enough, for the next generation and the next generation, thanks to reruns on MTV and today the reruns on Antenna television, which I think is really something special.

Rachel Maddow stated during an interview with Peter Tork that “the teenagers of the 80’s learned what it was like to be a teenager in the 60’s from watching The Monkees reruns on MTV.” And that tells you something important about the show and how it’s resonated across time.

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Women’s History Month – 26 in a series – Henrietta Johnston

Women’s History Month – 26 in a series – Henrietta Johnston

Henrietta de Beaulieu Dering Johnston was the first American artist of either sex to work in pastel and the first recorded professional American women artist. Though she did her work in colonial South Carolina, Johnston was born in Rennes, France, to Francis and Suzanna de Beaulieu. Her parents were French Huguenots who migrated to London in 1687 because of religious persecution. 

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Women’s History Month – 25 in a series – Audra Ann McDonald

Actress and singer Audra Ann McDonald became the first performer to win six competitive Tony Awards in 2014 and the only performer to have won a Tony in all four acting categories. A graduate of the Julliard School, a performing conservatory in New York City, McDonald began acting as a child when her parents enrolled her in a theater group to manage a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).

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Women’s History Month – 24 in a series – Betty Reid Soskin

A woman of mixed racial heritage, Betty Charbonnet Reid Soskin is a living repository of African American history, a social reformer, and a voice for marginalized people. In her late 80s, she became a special consultant to the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historic Park, and at age 94 she became the country’s oldest full-time National Park Service ranger.

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