If script development is usually a hidden and surreptitious aspect of the screen production process, then the practice of script editing is arguably even more mysterious. All screenplays go through a script edit of some sort, but what that entails can be anything from fact-checking and proofreading, to structural reshaping and dialogue rewriting. Analyses of screenplays and of screenwriters’ processes often fail to acknowledge that the script editor exists and, furthermore, that they serve an essential purpose in the development and revision of a screenplay, and the ongoing practice of a screenwriter. The lack of published material on the role of script editor and the responsibilities they inhabit in script development is what this chapter responds to, shedding light on what is arguably a key creative role in the production of a screen work. Drawing on a body of recent research about script development, this chapter outlines the various roles undertaken by the script editor; the responsibilities they possess, including to whom and at what times in the development process they occur; and the ongoing relationships script editors have with others working in script development, particularly the screenwriter.
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- The Role of the Script Editor, Revised
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