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White as Snow: Adaptation from Fairy Tale to Film

Brown, C. (2016) White as Snow: Adaptation from Fairy Tale to Film. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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Most research into adaptation studies focuses on comparison between the source text and the filmic adaptation. Conversely, this dissertation looks at the adaptation process in practice, following the process of adapting a fairy tale to the screen from conceptualisation to the final film. To do this, this dissertation examines the generic context of the fairy tale adaptation, the screen-writing process, and the film-making process in order to understand how filmic intertextuality and extratextuality can influence the role the source text plays in a filmic adaptation.

This dissertation includes an exegesis, the original fairy tale, the final White as Snow locked script, and the final film, all of which need to be read and understood for the purposes of this study. These elements examine the process of the filmic adaptation of a popular fairy tale, “Little Snow White” by the Brothers Grimm.

The significance of this research lies in the practical approach, analysing the adaptation process from the perspective of the film-maker, rather than a simple comparison of the source text and the final product of the film. Examination of the adaptation process from beginning to end reveals the role the source text plays in each step of the adaptive film production process and how that role is influenced by the inter- and extratextual factors which act upon these processes.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Supervisor(s): McMullan, John
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