Scott Speer is a director already well known for his music videos and films, including this summer's Step Up Revolution (hitting theaters in July). Speer is also the author of Immortal City, the first book in an action-packed new young adult series that brings together Guardian Angels (for those who can afford them), star-crossed romance, and a serial killer--check out the cool book trailer below.
For today's YA Wednesday feature, Scott Speer joins us as our guest blogger with a special Top 10 list you'll only see here.--Seira
Hi all, this is Scott Speer, author of Immortal City and director of the upcoming Step Up Revolution. Being a director as well as an author, I’m particularly interested in books that go on to become movies. Here are ten of my all-time favorites.
Jaws: I’m a huge Steven Spielberg fan, and this is one of his earliest – and still best. It’s also a great example of streamlining a subplot-heavy novel for the screen.
Twilight: Catherine Hardwicke’s hip, well-cast, indie-film-in-sheep’s-clothing gave Stephenie Meyer’s novel the edginess it needed to explode into a worldwide phenomenon.
Forrest Gump: Robert Zemeckis is another all-time favorite of mine, and this has to be one of the all-time best adaptations.
The Notebook: It’s rare to see a film so perfectly capture the essence of a book, but I think Nick Cassavetes did that here.
The Color Purple: Yes, yes, I’m a huge Spielberg fan. The Color Purple for me is a wonderful example of a film that ultimately is a different tone and vision than the book, but is just as valid.
To Kill a Mockingbird: I saw this movie in freshman English and never forgot it. Years later I revisited it and realized what a fantastic piece of storytelling it is. Thanks Mr. Pachilio!
The Shawshank Redemption: Stephen King is my favorite author and this film has gone on to become one of the greatest examples of modern cinema. I just love the characters.
Gone with the Wind: I can’t resist old movies and this is one of my favorites. Gorgeous photography and lush, old school storytelling. They don’t make them like this anymore.
The Shining: Is there a movie that better captures Stephen King’s mastery of slow-burning dread? The Shining stands the test of time not only as great movie but a truly scary one. One of Kubrick’s best.
Jurassic Park: Jurassic Park? Yes. JP holds a very special place in my heart. Like many directors who grew up in the 90s, I saw this at a young age, and this was one of the key movies that inspired me to start making movies. It’s a landmark film in every aspect, and it would not have been possible without the vision of Michael Crichton. Authors and directors really do make a great team!
Book Trailer for Immortal City: