Working on books and films together

Eva Wong Nava was approached by director Raymond Tan to write a companion novel to his movie, The Wayang Kids, about schoolchildren learning Chinese opera.
Eva Wong Nava was approached by director Raymond Tan to write a companion novel to his movie, The Wayang Kids, about schoolchildren learning Chinese opera.PHOTOS: ALVIN HO, JON CHAN
I Want To Go Home, both a documentary and non-fiction book about Mr Yasuo Takamatsu who dives weekly in search of his missing wife.
Film-maker Wesley Leon Aroozoo released I Want To Go Home, both a documentary and non-fiction book about Mr Yasuo Takamatsu who dives weekly in search of his missing wifePHOTOS: ALVIN HO, JON CHAN
Film-maker Wesley Leon Aroozoo
Film-maker Wesley Leon Aroozoo (above) released I Want To Go Home, both a documentary and non-fiction book about Mr Yasuo Takamatsu who dives weekly in search of his missing wifePHOTOS: ALVIN HO, JON CHAN
The Shape of Water
The Shape of WaterPHOTOS: ALVIN HO, JON CHAN
Open
OpenPHOTOS: ALVIN HO, JON CHAN
I Want To Go Home
I Want To Go HomePHOTOS: ALVIN HO, JON CHAN

A book and film that are developed concurrently as different products can enhance each other

Fantasy film The Shape Of Water may be raking in the plaudits at award ceremonies, including winning Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars yesterday, but the love story between a mute janitor and an amphibious creature held captive in a laboratory also happens to be a novel by American author Daniel Kraus.

Book-to-screen adaptations are a dime a dozen these days, while movie novelisations are a common industry practice.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2018, with the headline 'Bridging image and page'. Print Edition | Subscribe