How Authors Turn Books Into Screenplays And Vice Versa: An Interview With Graeme Simsion

graemeName: Graeme Simsion

Briefly: Author of The Rosie Project. Former IT consultant. Filmmaker and screenwriter.

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

How did you get your start in writing and filmmaking?

I read Joe Queenan’s book The Unkindest Cut about his experiences making a low-budget feature film, and decided to emulate him. I adapted an unpublished novel my partner had written, cast friends and family, and shot it on domestic video equipment. Thanks largely to the involvement of a professional cinematographer, it didn’t look as bad as it might have, and a professional producer who saw it commented favorably on the screenplay. A seed was planted… I sold my IT consulting business and enrolled in a screenwriting program at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia.

Which is the more strenuous process, novelizing a screenplay or adapting a novel for the screen?

It depends. Broadly speaking, Continue reading