Identify where a script needs work and craft a plan to enhance what already exists
Work on the level of scenes, characters, and dialogue to ramp up the story and its impact
Read and analyze doctored scripts while workshopping your own drafts
Hear from guest lecturers how script doctoring work can influence your career
About this course:
Script doctors are the unsung heroes of the script development phase. They come in at the last minute to fix a script before production can start, and they often remain anonymous or uncredited (but get paid well for that). In this 4-day intensive course, you learn the difference between a script analyst, script consultant, and script doctor, and how script doctors address the rewriting or polishing process of a script. We cover how to deepen concept and world, how to fix structure, how to enhance characters and flesh them out, how to address characters’ relationships and interactions, how to escalate conflict and drama, how to work on specific scenes, how to elevate the dialogue, and how to best tackle and exploit theme, all while staying true to the essence of the script assigned to doctor as you take it to the next level. With the use of lectures, guest speakers/screenings, script readings/analysis, and practical workshops, you’ll get a first-hand experience on the life of a script doctor and how to have a future career as one.
Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. $150 nonrefundable. Internet access required.
This course meets in person at the designated class meeting time and location. Students must be present at the course meeting time as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.
No refunds after January 23, 2023
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.