The following information was largely found using the links: http://filmtvcareers.about.com/od/gettingthejob/a/HT_Screenwriter.htm and http://careers.theguardian.com/insiders-guide-to-becoming-screenwriter
A screenwriter is someone who writes scripts for films. Due to this being a ‘pre-‘pre-production role, the screenwriter(s) generally need to have another job(s) to support themselves, especially as very few become prolific enough for the job to be considered ‘stable’.
Having written a script (or several) there are multiple ways of trying to sell it to a production company:
- Submitting work to the BBC writer’s room: http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/send-a-script
- Entering competitions to gain notice – some screenwriting competitions are asked to submit the top 10 or so scripts to various production companies to see if they could use one. An example of one such event that allows this is the Nicholl Fellowship: http://www.oscars.org/nicholl
- Networking if possible with agents, directors, and producers (notably very difficult unless already in the industry)
Depending on which route the script was accepted by, and where (e.g. Hollywood vs. an independent British production team) the process of developing from script to the final product can vary.
– I will create a post presenting the different processes soon –
- http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/Noah.pdf for the film ‘Noah’
- https://indiegroundfilms.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/all-you-need-is-kill-apr1-10-1st.pdf for the film ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ (renamed from ‘All You Need is Kill’)
Also on the site are pages under the link ‘Writers Resources’ that have been created to help script/screen writers correctly format their work, including one specifically for a script format: http://www.simplyscripts.com/WR_format.html. This page is useful in that it gives measurements from the sides of the pages for each type of instruction, be it character name, dialogue, scene change, etc., as well as the standard font used in scripts.
Another presentation of the script format for film can be found at http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/screenplay.pdf. Whilst this version does not include any specific measurements, it does make it easier for the reader to understand what should be included in a script and how it should be presented.
Matt and I worked together on paper creating this draft script, and I have typed it up for ease of reading. This draft was created alongside the draft storyboard as it helped us visualise the storyboard plot. Due to this being the draft script we have decided we won’t format it using the recognised script format.