Profession script writer

Script writers create scripts for motion pictures or television series. They write a detailed story that consists of plot, characters, dialogue and physical environment.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising
  • Artistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Screenwriting theories

    The techniques and structures for writing a script in order to convey your creative vision through symbolism, dialogues, action, and subtext such as the Three-act structure, the Hero's journey, and the Sequence approach.

  • Copyright legislation

    Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.

  • Film production process

    The various development stages of making a film, such as scriptwriting, financing, shooting, editing, and distribution.

  • Literature

    The body of artistic writing characterized by beauty of expression, form, and universality of intellectual and emotional appeal.

  • Writing techniques

    The different techniques to write a story such as the descriptive, persuasive, first person and other techniques.

Skills

  • Consult with producer

    Consult with a motion picture producer about requirements, deadlines, budget, and other specifications.

  • Use specific writing techniques

    Use writing techniques depending on the type of media, the genre, and the story.

  • Finish project within budget

    Make sure to stay within budget. Adapt work and materials to budget.

  • Develop creative ideas

    Developing new artistic concepts and creative ideas.

  • Manage feedback

    Provide feedback to others. Evaluate and respond constructively and professionally to critical communication from colleagues and customers.

  • Consult with editor

    Consult with the editor of a book, magazine, journal or other publications about expectations, requirements, and progress.

  • Follow work schedule

    Manage the sequence of activities in order to deliver completed work on agreed deadlines by following a work schedule.

  • Summarise stories

    Summarise stories briefly to give a broad idea of the creative concept, e.g. in order to secure a contract.

  • Develop script bible

    Create a document, called the script or story bible, with all the information about the characters and settings of the story.

  • Create a shooting script

    Create a script including camera, lighting and shot instructions.

  • Consult information sources

    Consult relevant information sources to find inspiration, to educate yourself on certain topics and to acquire background information.

  • Write storylines

    Write the plot of a novel, play, film, or other narrative form. Create and develop characters, their personalities, and relationships.

  • Write dialogues

    Write conversations between characters.

  • Study topics

    Carry out effective research on relevant topics to be able to produce summary information appropriate to different audiences. The research may involve looking at books, journals, the internet, and/or verbal discussions with knowledgeable persons.

  • Consult with production director

    Consult with the director, producer and clients throughout the production and post-production process.

  • Deliver a sales pitch

    Prepare and deliver an understandably constructed sales talk for a product or a service, identifying and using persuasive argumentation.

Optional knowledge and skills

manage contracts manage writing administration personal directing styles computer equipment develop professional network types of literature genres adapt a script promote your writings attend read-through give live presentation office software write voice-overs