A script doctor is hired by a production company to rewrite an existing script or polish specific aspects of it, including structure, characterization, dialogue, pacing, themes, and other elements.
Their work is often surgical in nature: dropping in, fixing a specific issue, and then dropping out again.
Although some script doctors work full-time, arguably a script doctor is not a professional in itself - nearly all script doctors are screenwriters by trade.
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- Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
- Motion Pictures and Film
- Performing Arts
- Artistic Sense and Good Taste
- Communicating Ideas
- Writing for Impact
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