Writers’ Rights

I'm not one for ranting, but there are a few things on which I feel strongly. One of those is respect. Lack of respect is the fundamental reason for prejudice and discrimination throughout the world. In filmmaking, a lack of respect between the people involved in making the film sours the experience for all involved. And it's just plain rude. A director recently told me they were planning to rewrite a script and wondered if I wanted to be involved. I then discovered this was a script they did not originally write. Where then, I asked, is the original writer? (It turned out to be all above board, so I was pacified). If I'd found out that someone - anyone - had rewritten my script without my knowledge, I would be livid. I'm not talking about the process by which a script becomes a film, where the odd word sits more naturally in the actor's mouth than the one you wrote or the sun...
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