> Reading your script for "The Coming of Shadows" in "The
>Complete Book of Scriptwriting", one can see that lines were cut from
>the original show.
> I was wondering...do you often changes lines and/or entire
>scenes on the set? Anyone who writes always wants to improve on what
>they wrote AFTER they re-read it.
> I keep wondering if any of the more memorable lines from the
>show were written on-the-fly during shooting.
No, never. For starters, it's *vastly* unfair to the actors. They have to
memorizes pages and pages of dialogue, and to hit them with new stuff on the
stage, when they haven't had a chance to digest the material and dig out the
subtext and themes, means the performance will not be as good regardless of the
There is *no* improvising allowed on the set, either. If an actor wants to
change even a word, the first AD has to come find me and get approval first.
Where you make the revisions are in the stages prior to when the actors get to
the stage. A first draft is published, which goes to all the department heads.
Between the first and the final drafts (we only do about 2 drafts here), you
have about a week to make any revisions you choose to make. Bearing in mind
that I don't publish the first draft until I'm absolutely satisfied with it,
there ain't much that gets changed, usually bits of dialogue and production
The cuts you see were done in post-production, as the show is edited for time.
We slice lines and bits to fit in the available time.