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#1 Evan Cox

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 06:30 PM

Ok buds, I just finished writing a screenplay that a friend and I are planning to put into production. I wrote it, and then I sent it to my friend, who looked it over and changed a few lines and fixed my grammar and such. Is this man now my co-writer? Or maybe one of the not-necessarily-existant titles I posted as the topic of this message? What do I credit him as? Please help.
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#2 Chris Durham

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 06:56 PM

Well in the big leagues that sort of thing is typically considered by the Writer's Guild. Typically though, a rewrite doesn't get a credit as writer. Neither does grammar correction. If his contribution is substantial though you should credit as a co-writer - "Screenplay by Writer A and Writer B,"
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#3 Zamir Merali

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 07:08 PM

The way you make it sound is that your friend just touched up a few tiny things. That meants that they definately would not be a co-writter (they would need to write around 50 % of it to be a co-writter). I would say that the best thing to call him would be a script editor because without him the script would not be substantially different.

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 10:28 PM

The way you make it sound is that your friend just touched up a few tiny things. That meants that they definately would not be a co-writter (they would need to write around 50 % of it to be a co-writter). I would say that the best thing to call him would be a script editor because without him the script would not be substantially different.

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Is a scipt editor something that I could rationally credit him as?
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#5 Chris Durham

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 01:33 AM

As long as it's not a union production you can credit it any way you want.
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