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Screenwriting for Film & Television

Screenwriting is an exciting area within the film industry. In fact everything rest of screenwriters. There would be no films without screenwriters. The writers are the creative genius behind the masterpieces which have been created since the beginning of film.

Screenwriters can be said to be the cornerstone of Hollywood and the movie industry in general. Without their scripts actors would not be working, directors would not be directing and the food cart would have no cast and crew to sell their food and drinks to.

The importance of good screenwriters cannot be overstated. In the film industry they are often the subjects of jealousy and envy. There are many times where both the directors and produces don’t want the writers on set because they simply want the script and the ability to put their own personalized stamp on the film.

When a writer is writing a script they often see the characters in their head, the can visualize the sets and they can see how the camera angles will work. However, these are all elements which are controlled by other specialist within the film industry (i.e. actors, casting directors, film directors and directors of photography). These people do not want to be told how to do their jobs or listen to a writer’s vision. An actor will want to put their own style into the script, a director will want to change certain things to make it ‘theirs’ and directors of photography (DOP”s) will use the camera angles they love best. This is the beauty of film, but a nerve-racking experience to screenwriters. Having other people interpret your script is not easy to stomach.

That being said, there are certain things you can do in your script to ensure people have the same vision as you for your idea. You can be clear with your descriptive text and make your characters as three dimensional as possible. You will need to be a master with words to have others see the imaginary land you created with the same clarity and vividness that you can see it. Don’t skimp out on details, but at the same time don’t be pushy with things like creative direction or camera work. These are roles for other specialist and your script will be labelled as an obviously amateur if you have insert camera directions and such elements into your script.

Secondly you can ensure you meet with the directors, casting directors and cinematographers to ensure you communicate your vision as clearly as possible with them. However, at the end of the day, there is only so much you can do to control your script. If you want your movie to be seen then at some point you need to give up creative control to the specialists.


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