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More Faithful Screen Adaptations: Would they be possible?

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#21 · Posted: 15 Sep 2004 00:47
Probably a useful exercise would be to read a Tintin book but really engross yourself in it, taking care to read all the dialogue and take in all of the pictures, as if you were reading it for the first time - and see how long it takes to get from cover to cover. That would give you an indication as to whether the story would need expanding or contracting to fill a two-hour film. I have a hunch that it may take longer to read than you might think - the trick is to try and forget the story as if it were new to you, like the majority of a cinema audience.

Bang on. When I used to read the stories for the first time as a kid, they easily took me at least a movie's length... and, as jockosjungle was getting at, even that doesn't include the movement from place to place, the moments of reflection, etc.

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