So, you’ve found a great true life tale that you’re sure will make a terrific film. The next thing to do is sit down and bang out your screenplay, right? Well, not exactly. First, there’s the little matter of research. For some writers, this step is a joy; for others, a chore. Either way, it’s a necessary step. In this first lesson on researching the fact-based film, we look at how research benefits your script…

Admittedly, it’s not the sexiest of subjects, but before you get too far down the road with a real life adaptation project, it’s important to be aware of any legal rights attached to the source material you want to base your script on, and to find out if you need permission to use that material. So, lesson 2 in RSL‘s continuing series takes a first look at rights…