The final rewrite
in Film editing: history, theory and practice
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Films invariably come to completion only after considerable creative struggle and because this chapter concerns the processes of change that take place once a film goes into production, the nature of those changes and the extent to which they are commonly resolved during the editing process. Many films begin shooting using a version of the script which is not necessarily considered to be final. During the shoot, there will be rewrites of the script that are intended to improve, clarify, embellish or shorten the dialogue, and rewrites that omit scenes considered inessential and therefore removed to accommodate an overstretched shooting schedule. To give an example of the way that a section of script can be changed and developed before it becomes a scene in the finished film, the chapter uses a fragment from a two-part television drama, Comics, directed by Diarmuid Lawrence from a script by Lynda La Plante.


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