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

  • Available for pre-order on April 6, 2023. Item will ship after April 27, 2023
ISBN 9780367750596
April 27, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 87 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers the unique perspective on crafting your screenplay from the eye of an editor. Special features include before and after examples from preproduction scripts to postproduction final cuts giving screenwriters an opportunity to understand how their screenplay is visualized in the editing room.

By the time a script reaches the editing room, it has passed through many hands and many changes. The producer, production designer, director, cinematographer, and actor have all added their influence in the process before coming into the editor’s hands. There are few scripts that 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 the insights that writers (as well as producers and directors) need, and that 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.

Table of Contents

1. The Final Rewrite  2. Best Intentions and Serious Failures  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 of the Beginning  17. Hindsight is 20/20


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John Rosenberg is a professor at USC's School of Cinematic Arts teaching the aesthetics of motion picture editing. For over thirty years, he has worked as a feature film editor, as well as a producer, writer and production executive, for such companies as 20th Century Fox, New Line Cinema and Artisan. Along with feature and TV work, John has written and edited a variety of reality-based and documentary projects, including for National Geographic.