Adapted Screenplay – The Prestige

“Studying film doesn’t kill its magic. It feeds that magic back into the real world” – The Nerdwriter

SPOILER ALERT *******************************SPOILER ALERT

If you haven’t seen the film stop now!

Or, continue on (it’s a decade old) and read the Review by the New York Times 2006, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/20/movies/20pres.html?_r=0

Adapted Screenplay – The Prestige 

Won Empire Award UK 2007 Best Director, Christopher Nolan; Italian Online Movie Award (IOMA) 2007 Best Adapted Screenplay, Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan; London Critics Circle Film Award 2007 British supporting actor of the year Michael Caine; Satellite Award Best Overall DVD; SFX Award UK 2007 Best Film Director, Christopher Nolan.

When the Academy Awards are given out each year, there are two awards for screenplays. One is for best original screenplay, which is a screenplay that is written from no source other than the writer’s imagination. The other category is reserved for the best-adapted screenplay. Generally, this is a screenplay that interprets another source, like a novel, a short story, a play, or even another film.

The novel The Prestige is epistolary in structure; that is, it purports to be a collection of real diaries (that’s why I like this adapted screenplay) that were kept by the protagonists and later collated. The title derives from the novel’s fictional practice of stage illusions having three parts: the setup, the performance (the turn in the film), and the prestige (effect).

The Prestige is a 2006 mystery thriller drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay adapted by Nolan and his brother Jonathan from Christopher Priest‘s 1995 World Fantasy Award-winning novel of the same name. The story follows Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, rival stage magicians in London at the end of the 19th century. Obsessed with creating the best stage illusion, they engage in competitive one-upmanship with tragic results.

The American-British co-production features Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier, Christian Bale as Alfred Borden, and David Bowie as Nikola Tesla. It also stars Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Piper Perabo, Andy Serkis, and Rebecca Hall. The film reunites Nolan with actors Bale and Caine from Batman Begins, and returning cinematographer Wally Pfister, production designer Nathan Crowley, film score composer David Julyan, and editor Lee Smith.

A co-production between Touchstone Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, the film was released on October 20, 2006, receiving positive reviews and strong box office results, and received Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Along with The Illusionist and Scoop, The Prestige was one of three films in 2006 to explore the world of stage magicians. – Wikipedia

(L-R) Hugh Jackman, Andy Serkis

(L-R) Hugh Jackman, Andy Serkis

“By the end of the 1890s, Tesla had come to the conclusion that it might be possible to transmit electrical power without wires at high altitudes. There the air was thinner, and therefore more conductive.”  PBS: Telsa – Master of Light http://www.pbs.org/tesla/ll/ll_colspr.html

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“The real transported man is the most sought after illusion.” – Cutter, Michael Caine

However, the rivalry between Edison and Tesla still remains focused on energy. Edison vs. Tesla: Toasting a rivalry that drove innovation http://energy.gov/articles/edison-vs-tesla-toasting-rivalry-drove-innovation

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A spinning, whirling or twisting force… a fundamental concept of existence.

“Every magic trick consists of three acts: the magician shows you something ordinary… perhaps he asks you to inspect it to make sure it is real. In the second act, the turn, the magician takes that something ordinary and makes it do something extraordinary. Now, you are looking at the secret… but you won’t find it because you don’t really want to know. You won’t even clap because the magician needs to bring it back! The hardest part, the third act, is the prestige when you bring back the pledge.” – Cutter, Michael Caine

“This is the line that Nolan wants to walk… He wants to be immersive and metacinematic at the same time.  In other words, he wants to hide in plain sight (site). The prestige is all about a trick that moves its object through time and space instantaneously.”  – The Nerdwriter

While the plot supports the story, its the subplot that supports the theme of the script. The adapted screenplay – The Prestige – has crafted the subplot to support the theme derived from a collection of real diaries which also document Tesla’s inventions. Did Tesla the “Master of Light” create the most sought after illusion; the transported man?  For my prestige, I bring back the pledge… the mystery… and reveal the secret.  file:///C:/Users/peter/Downloads/p-teleport.pdf

 What’s the magician’s method?    

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…is in honor and memory of Tessa, my small Maltese born October 6, 1993, and passed away September 18, 2009.

I was considered the 3rd dog in Tessa’s pack. Her first master was the first dog, Tessa was the second dog, and I was the third dog. No matter what I’d do to gain respect or position in Tessa’s eyes… I was “ the third dog.” She was so adorable and such a character. I caved to her demands…and she was very demanding…which brought me joy and contentment. Her demands were begging for food and sitting on my lap.

Tessa had a few quirky personality traits based on her past…growing up in a less than ideal environment thrown into the backyard with two Dobermans to fend for herself. She was about 3 pounds at that time the runt and a spitfire. Not far from being a replica of me….she made me smile with joy at her attitude.

Quite the problem solver

She also liked mischief and got herself into some severe problems. Like the time she discovered chocolate candy on the coffee table and laid in wait for her moment to snatch the candy bars run upstairs and hide them under the bed until nightfall. In the middle of the night, I awoke to a banging noise. It was Tessa banging her water bowl against the metal stairs to get my attention. I soon discovered several empty candy wrappers, piles of vomit everywhere, and Tessa hitting the bowl. It is unbelievable that she survived that terrible episode eating more candy bars than I could… at one time!

Filled with inspiration

She will always be my inspiration and a reminder of perfection.

As I emerged in the second half of my journey as a storyteller, launched myself into the world of screenwriting, and left behind an entirely different phase of my life, I also had to let go of my friend…my companion my little spitfire Tessa.

I will forever be the 3rd dog.