Role of the Writer. Hayden Collins 13p1. Overview of a writers role - getting starting. Within the media industry filmmakers need scripts and any body could potentially write a script. However while anyone can write a script they need to know how to get their work noticed .
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Hayden Collins 13p1
Writing an unsolicitedscript – This is simply when you create a script of your own back and you have not been asked to write a script for a company or client. This type of script is the final draft of the idea and its what you want to see on screen, after that an agent has to approach you and then try to sell the script to film and television companies.
Problems - You are responsible for all your finances and you are not going to get paid until a script is sold, assuming one ever gets past the script reader. You need to have some financial preparations like a job you can work while trying to get your script solicited.
Commissioning -Getting your script commissioned by getting hired by a producer but you need have been ‘discovered’. In order to get noticed you need to engage in the practice of networking which is getting to know the right peoples in the right circles, this is made easier by today's social technology like Facebook.
Problems– you are only paid once, your discovered and then its paid in to parts (when commissioned and then when its being filmed.
Agent:It is the job of the Agent is to ‘sell’ both the script and script writer to an interested party, they don’t eat if your script and talents are not sold because they take a percentage of the money that you make from your script work.
Script Reader:This person’s job is quite self-explanatory, it is also a script readers job to analyses the strengths and weaknesses then provide a detailed report to the development executive. Their opinion is highly valued by the development executive.
Script Editor: It is the job of the editor to provide a critical perspective on a script as it is written and re-written. The editor will analyze the script and provide feedback to writer on what works, doesn’t work, and could be altered or change.
Development Executive: This person’s job is to work with researchers to figure what is popular with the audiences and give ideas for programming to take advantage of the changing formats and trends. The executives will analyze scripts and determine whether the script writer (that means YOU) is worth hiring or not.
Script reader and the start of the process
The Development Executives – (learns the audience and aims to see it as a blockbuster or a mainstream piece)