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Screenwriters, or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies 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.
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.
Most professional screenwriters are
unionized and are represented by organisations such as the Writers Guild of America.
Some notable screenwriters:
E. B. Borgman
Leigh Brackett: , The Big Sleep Rio Bravo,
Ray Bradbury: Moby Dick, King of Kings
Francis Ford Coppola
Richard Curtis: , Four Weddings and a Funeral , Notting Hill
Mr. Bean Frank Darabont:
The Shawshank Redemption Nora Ephron
Ernest Lehman: , Sabrina Executive Suite, , North by Northwest The Sweet Smell of Success
Kurt Luedtke: , Absence of Malice
Out of Africa Michael MacLennan: , Queer As Folk (US)
Anne of Green Gables David Mamet
Robert Riskin: , It Happened One Night Lost Horizon
Bruce Robinson: , The Killing Fields
Withnail and I Frederica Sagor Maas
Aaron Sorkin: , A Few Good Men , The American President , Sports Night
The West Wing Tom Stoppard
J. Michael Straczynski:
Babylon 5 Randall Wallace:
Braveheart Joss Whedon: , '' Toy Story Speed'
Rafael Yglesias: , Fearless Death and the Maiden (1994 movie), Les Miserables (1998 movie)
Steven Zaillian: , Awakenings , Schindler's List Searching for Bobby Fischer
See also: Lists of authors
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