Hannibal: Script To Screen


Recently Hannibal, the TV adaptation of author Thomas Harris’ cannibalistic gourmand Hannibal Lector’s exploits finished its third run, with NBC ceasing to air any further seasons. As it looks unlikely that any other channels will pick the show up, it ended on a fitting cliff-hanger, Graham and Hannibal tumbling to their seeming doom, a la Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls.

The show has transcended the accepted model of screen story telling – a dark fairy tale (are there any other kind?) that plays with narrative, character perspective, memory, and so on.As Matt Zoller Seitz put it:

“These daring structural flourishes bring Hannibal closer than any commercial series to embodying the phrase “a novel for television.” A novel is not merely a novel because it is long. It is a novel because of the freedom it takes, or can take, in telling its story. It can adopt different points of view and slip back and forth between past and present, not just from chapter to chapter, but within the context of a page, a paragraph, even a sentence. Hannibal makes almost every other TV series seem aesthetically impoverished in comparison because it takes these freedoms and actually plays with them, to make the story and its telling more surprising, confounding, and multilayered.”

Recently Hannibal creator and show-runner Bryan Fuller has made the scripts available for all three seasons. As a special exercise, Vashi Nedomansky has created a short piece, superimposing the script for the first episode, Aperitif, over the visuals “to fully appreciate the translation of script to screen.”

Originally posted 2015-09-19 11:05:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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