Scriptwriter Job Description

Scriptwriters/Screenwriters Create Ideas And Bring Stories To Life In Scripts For Feature Films, TV Comedy And Drama, Animation, Children's Programmes And Computer Games.

As A Screenwriter, You Might Develop Your Own Original Ideas And Sell Them To Producers. Alternatively, Producers May Commission You To Create A Screenplay From An Idea Or True Story, Or To Adapt An Existing Piece Such As A Novel, Play Or Comic Book.

Scriptwriter Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • getting feedback about the first draft of your work from producers or script editors
  • researching background material
  • laying out the screenplay to an agreed format
  • coming up with themes and ideas
  • preparing short summaries of your ideas and selling (known as 'pitching') them to producers or development executives
  • rewriting the script if necessary (you may need to do this several times before arriving at the final agreed version).
  • developing believable plots and characters

You might also spend time networking with agents and producers, and handling your own tax and accounts. You would often combine writing with other work such as teaching, lecturing or editing.

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