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Postby Garred » Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:18 pm

Hello, I've just recently finished writing my first screenplay. I first came up with the idea and then wrote a short story to put it on paper. When I decided to turn it into a screenplay I asked a friend of mine that is an actor to help me put it together. My intentions was that he would help with the format and proofread to tell me what works and what doesn't. I asked him to help me translate the short story. He did not in any way shape the outcome of the story or even details. He did, however, add a several lines of dialoge that we kept to fill space. All the research, editing and formating was done by me as well as the financing. When selling the script how do I word the credit of who it is actually "by...". Should I include his name or is there another title or another way to claim his part in what he helped me with? Thank you,

Cody
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Credit For Writing

Postby fiacre68 » Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:58 pm

Hi Cody,

I really wish you had asked me this question before starting to involve your friend.  It's always best to make your deals before letting anyone put any sweat equity into your script or your project.  You may have different expectations than the person you involved.

Anyway, it's good that you asked me now before you circulate a script with credits on it.

The credits on the script should be:

Story by YOU

Screenplay by YOU

Additional dialogue by YOUR FRIEND.

But before you go any further, please work out a deal memo with your friend which stipulates:

what he is going to contribute to the project and when,

what his credit is going to be, and

if, how, how much, and when, he will be paid for his involvement.

Check out my website at www.createyourscreenplay.com

Best of luck with your project,

Barry
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Postby Jaryl » Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:21 am

Hello, I've just recently finished writing my first screenplay. I first came up with the idea and then wrote a short story to put it on paper. When I decided to turn it into a screenplay I asked a friend of mine that is an actor to help me put it together. My intentions was that he would help with the format and proofread to tell me what works and what doesn't. I asked him to help me translate the short story. He did not in any way shape the outcome of the story or even details. He did, however, add a several lines of dialoge that we kept to fill space. All the research, editing and formating was done by me as well as the financing. When selling the script how do I word the credit of who it is actually "by...". Should I include his name or is there another title or another way to claim his part in what he helped me with? Thank you,

Cody
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