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Screenwriters, scenarists, or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. Many of them also work as "script doctors," attempting to change scripts to suit directors or studios; for instance, studio management may have a complaint that the motivations of the characters are unclear or that the dialogue is weak. The word author has several meanings: The author of a book, story, article or the like, is the person who has written it (or is writing it). ... Sample from a screenplay, showing dialogue and action descriptions. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... A television program (US), television programme (UK) or simply television show is a segment of programming in television broadcasting. ... A script doctor is a skilled screenwriter called in to assist a film project by rewriting parts of the screenplay to improve dialogue, pacing and other elements. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... A movie studio is a controlled environment for the making of a film. ...


Script-doctoring can be quite lucrative, especially for the better known writers. David Mamet and John Sayles, for instance, fund the movies they direct themselves, usually from their own screenplays, by writing and doctoring scripts for others. In fact, some writers make very profitable careers out of the script doctoring food chain, being the ninth or tenth writer to work on a piece; in many cases, working on projects that never see exposure to an audience of any size. David Alan Mamet (born November 30, 1947) is an American author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, and film director. ... Photo of John Sayles by Robert Birnbaum John Thomas Sayles (born September 28, 1950) is an independent American film director and writer who frequently takes a small part in his own and other indie films. ...


Many screenwriters may also find work by selling a "treatment", or synopsis, of their screenplay even if it isn't completed yet.


One of the most important elements in bringing an idea to fruition for a studio to produce is attaching the right screenwriter to the project. Often projects are sold to studios who then assign their own preferred screenwriters to complete the script or write the final draft.


Most professional screenwriters are unionized and are represented by organizations such as the Writers Guild of America. The WGA is final arbiter on awarding writing credit for projects under its join. A trade union or labor union is an organization of workers. ... The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is the collective bargaining representative, or labor union, for writers in the motion picture and television industries in the United States. ... Credits for A Christmas Story. ...


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Screenwriters, scenarists, or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made.
Many of them also work as "script doctors," attempting to change scripts to suit directors or studios; for instance, studio management may have a complaint that the motivations of the characters are unclear or that the dialogue is weak.
Most professional screenwriters are unionized and are represented by organizations such as the Writers Guild of America.
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