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Character Development and Storytelling for Games, Second Edition by Lee Sheldon

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CHAPTER 12EDITING

When I was producing Blacke’s Magic, I wrote a first draft script in two and a half days. The notes I received took half an hour to address. The episode was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for an Edgar Award.

A 45–47 page half-hour script for Edge of Night took me on average two and three-quarter hours to write. Many times, there were few notes; sometimes no notes at all. They were often shot exactly as written.

In 2008 I wrote a pitch document for a SyFy Channel reality show pilot called Danger Game. The premise was simple. Remember the 1997 movie The Game with Michael Douglas and Sean Penn? Douglas is a rich businessman who has lost touch with his humanity. For his birthday, his ne’er-do-well brother gives him ...

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