REWRITE & POLISHING
***REWRITE vs. POLISHING***
Okay! so sometimes, these words can get confusing? Someone who does not know a lot of screenwriting jargon and hiring screenwriter for the first time to have a look at the very first draft they have written! (exciting!)
Breaking it down in simple words:
'Rewrite' is when a script requires 'significant changes. These changes could be to the plot or story or character arc or the interrelationship of characters or all dialogues.
I will be working with you through the process.
'Polishing' is when a script requires changes to the formatting, dialogues, passive verbs, or scene descriptions, but not to the same degree as a rewrite.
Polishing would include working on the following things that make a screenplay look professional.
#UNNECESSARY CAMERA ANGELS
#CHECKING(V.O) Vs (O.S.)
#MANY PASSIVE LINES IN ACTION PARAGRAPH
('action' paragraph according to Final Draft)
#SUGGESTIONS FOR ACTION VERB
He quickly runs towards the door.
-->He rushes to the door.
#MAKING SCREENPLAY MORE VISUAL
It is morning. Sunlight coming thru the window falls on her face.
-->Morning sun fills the room and caresses her soft skin.
REWRITE would include all the things in 'Polishing' as well as below:
# Discussion on
# Story structure
# Major changes in plot
# Character arc
# The interrelationship between characters and any other things that you would like to discuss.
EDITING is when you are sure that you don't need any creative inputs/changes (i.e. in the plot, story development, character arc, dialogues, etc) but you want a fresh pair of eyes to go through your script for any typos, spelling, grammar description, more suitable words, etc.
Editing is always part of REWRITING or POLISHING.
Sample for screenplay polishing as well as editing.
I provide easy-to-understand,color-coded formatting suggestions. Sample attached below.
*** PACKAGES FOR SCREENPLAY POLISHING / REWRITE ***
I OFFER THREE TYPES OF PACKAGES:
A) BASIC: SHORT FILM PACKAGE
This is perfect for you when you have a short film that needs to have a review.
Pages- up to 10
Action, Unnecessary Parenthesis & Transitions, (V.O.) Vs (O.S.)
B) STANDARD: SERIES PACKAGE
All as per Basic package
Up to 45 pages per episode
C) PREMIUM: FEATURE PACKAGE
Suggestions: Action, Unnecessary Parenthesis & Transitions,
(v.o.) Vs (o.s.)
We can have an initial discussion on skype if you prefer.
You can share if anything you want me to pay extra attention to.
Once I receive a screenplay from you, I will start working.
Once I finish work I can send it to you for review.
You can check it and let me know if you have any queries.
I can incorporate things needed to be fixed and completely re-write the screenplay too.