1st Edition

The Final Rewrite How to View Your Screenplay with a Film Editor’s Eye

By John Rosenberg Copyright 2023
    200 Pages 87 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    200 Pages 87 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers a unique perspective on crafting your screenplay from an editor’s point-of-view. Special features include before and after examples from preproduction scripts to post production final cuts, giving screenwriters an opportunity to understand how their screenplay is visualized in post production.

    By the time a script reaches the editing room, it has passed through many hands and undergone many changes. The producer, production designer, director, cinematographer, and actor have all influenced the process before it gets to the editor’s hands. Few scripts can withstand the careful scrutiny of the editing room. This book reveals how to develop a script that will retain its original vision and intent under the harsh light of the editing console. It provides insights that writers (as well as producers and directors) need and editors can provide for a safe journey from the printed page to the final release.

    This book is ideal for aspiring and early career screenwriters, as well as filmmakers and established screenwriters who want to gain a better understanding of the editing process.

    1. The Final Rewrite  2. Best Intentions and Excellent Fails 3. The Well of Coverage  4. The Scene and an Approach to Dailies  5. Another Approach  6. What Writers Know  7. What Editors Know  8. Tricks of the Editor’s Trade  9. The Essence of Time  10. The Filmic Moment  11. Aspects of Dialogue  12. Dialogue and Character Issues  13. When "Cut to" Isn’t Enough  14. Following the Line  15. Formula But Not Formulaic  16. The End is the Beginning  17. Hindsight is 20/20



    John Rosenberg, ACE, MFA, is a film editor, writer and professor. He teaches the aesthetics of motion picture editing at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he is also the Core Curriculum Coordinator for undergraduate production. He has also taught extensively throughout Asia. For over 30 years, Rosenberg has worked as a feature film editor, as well as a writer, producer, and production executive, for such companies as 20th Century Studios, New Line Cinema, Alpine Pictures, Orion Pictures, and Artisan. He is a member of American Cinema Editors (ACE).
    Along with feature work, Rosenberg has written and edited a variety of reality-based TV projects, including for National Geographic. He is the author of the award-winning novel Tincture of Time, as well as the popular film book The Healthy Edit: Creative Editing Techniques for Perfecting Your Movie, currently in its second edition and recently translated into Mandarin.

    "I have nothing but praise for John Rosenberg’s The Final Rewrite which presents an extraordinary view of the filmmaking process illustrating the key creative contributions of writers and editors. This book is a must for anyone teaching screenwriting or production in the importance ofcollaboration, and corrects the common belief that directors are the sole authors of their work."

    Eric N.Young, Professor and Production Chair, Chapman University