how to rewrite a script

Ask the Expert: The Birth of Your First Draft

Question: What kind of feedback should I seek after the first draft is done? You got to the end of your first draft! Congratulations.  You just gave birth! Er, thanks…  Is my child any good?  I hope it’s a genius.  Maybe it’s an idiot?  How can I find out? Truthfully, a...

Meet the Reader: The Domino Effect

A few weeks back, I assessed a script for one of my consulting clients. The story was okay, but the protagonist was too cold and remote. I said that we needed to see a warmer side to the character and suggested that perhaps we could see him help an old lady...

Writers on the Verge: Championing Your Screenplay

Filmmaking is a collaborative process, right? Everyone says you gotta get notes, and you gotta learn how to take them early. Don’t be precious about your work. Do what you have to do for the sake of your script. But then you go out there, and for every person you show...

Get A New Story: Adjust Your Attitude About Rewrites

As I embarked recently on a major rewrite of a feature script, I bumped into a big wall of resistance. While I didn’t think my script was necessarily perfect, I was attached to my story in its then-current form. So even though I was getting feedback about the need for significant...