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Script Doctoring

Script doctors are the unknown 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).
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In this 3-hour live webinar by Script Doctor Cody Smart, you’ll 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’ll 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.

You will gain insight into the life of a working script doctor, what steps you need to take to become one, and how you can have a career as a script consultant and doctor, another avenue for Screenwriters.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • The difference between a script reader, a script consultant, and a script doctor
  • What the job of a script doctor is
  • How to provide in-depth notes and comments on scripts
  • How to offer tangible suggestions for improvement on scripts
  • What skills will set you apart as a consultant and script doctor in this business
  • How to elevate and deepen concept and world, how to fix structure, how to enhance characters and flesh them out, how to work on specific scenes, how to elevate dialogue, and hot to best tackle and exploit theme
  • How to stay true to the essence of a script assigned to doctor
  • How to take a script to the next level
  • How to become a script doctor, and what a career as one would be like

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

  • Beginning screenwriters who want to learn about the different career paths for writers
  • Intermediate screenwriters who want to better understand the different between script readers, consultants, and doctors
  • Advanced screenwriters who’re looking into new avenues to use their skills to help others elevate their work
  • Script readers who want to work on their note-giving skills, and who are interested in advancing to the next stage
  • Script consultants who want to learn how to set themselves apart from others offering script consulting services
  • Script doctors who want to hone their skills
  • All screenwriters who want to learn how to look at scripts from a different perspective
  • All screenwriters who are in the process of reworking a script and need new tools to tackle a rewrite
  • All screenwriters who want to learn how to deepen all areas of a script, and take their work to the next level
  • All screenwriters interested in a career as a script reader, consultant and doctor

Learn from an expert instructor!

Cody Smart is an independent writer and script doctor from Chile. She holds degrees in English Literature & Linguistics, Screenwriting, Development and Producing. 

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She worked as a script analyst for Sony, she’s a judge for multiple script and film competitions, she’s written some award-winning shorts, she’s head of the coverage department at a script hosting site, she does a bi-monthly vlog with tips for screenwriters for Story Data, and she’s an instructor for the renowned Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension. She takes pride in helping writers take their work to the next level.

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