This study is the first practice based Ph.D. of its kind in Denmark, developed within the academic frames of the University of Copenhagen, but in close collaboration with the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen. Having been developed by a visual artist the interplay between the production of art works and theoretical reflections has been especially productive since it has revealed to unexpected academic perspectives. The study investigates the relationship between literature and film, and the significance of the still within the film. The study includes three adaptations of literature to film, the first is Ingmar Bergman’s Sommaren med Monika, based on a novel by Per Anders Fogelström. Here the focus is on the composition of stills, drawing on Roland Barthes’s ideas on photography and the film still. The others are Orson Welles’ adaptation of The Trial, based on Franz Kafka’s celebrated novel, and Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up, which takes a short story by Julio Cortázar as its starting point.