A Study on the Adaptation of the Film Patayin Mo sa Sindak si Barbara into Television

Abstract

Adaptation has become a major source of programming for television. Short stories, novels, komiks, and even movies have been adapted for television. The movie Patayin Mo sa Sindak si Barbara, produced in 1974 by Rosas Productions, was adapted by ABS-CBN into a television series, Sineserye Presents: Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara in 2008. Guided by Sicat’s (1990) conclusion that changes are inevitable in adaptation, the researcher set out to describe the production process of the television series, to compare and contrast the narrative of film and the TV series, and to uncover why such changes occur. Through content analysis of the film and the television series, the researcher verified Sicat’s conclusion. Changes in the narrative were in the form of additions, deletions, and alterations. Focus interviews with the television series’ director and writer helped draw out reasons for changes in the narrative. Aside from the interpretation of the adapters, the time of the adaptation, and medium differences, network management decisions and the audience and the advertisers also affect how the narrative of a movie can change in its adaptation into television.

Bola, R.A.(2010). Barbara, 34 Years Later: A Study on the Adaptation of the Film Patayin Mo sa Sindak si Barbara into Television. Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis, University of the Philippines Diliman.


Subject Index: Film adaptations--history and criticisms, Horror television programs