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Screenwriters hold the key position in developing a narrative in a film or television programme. They have an important creative role, using creative writing to generate an emotional impact on the audience, either from their own original idea or an adaptation of someone else’s.
Screenwriters are responsible for researching the story of a film or a television programme, developing the narrative, the characters, the dialogue and the setting. Screenwriters must be able to create a screenplay which brings the production to life for the audience. The screenplay must feature interesting characters and plot as well as being marketable and adaptable in production.
Once the screenplay is written the screenwriters will deliver their screenplay to a development executive, working with them in editing and adjusting the script to be fit for screen adaptation. Screenwriters often work in teams in order to improve different aspects of a narrative. If successful, a screenplay will be credited to the screenwriters.
Screenwriters often work freelance, pitching ideas for films to producers, in the hope that they get taken on. This can mean that this career can be financially unstable, especially at the start of the career. Much of the success of a screenwriter depends on individual reputation. With one great screenplay, producers may employ a screenwriter again.
Unfortunately, being a writer in any industry can come with a lot of rejection. Many great screenplays never get made into film, in an industry that can be led by the producer. Screenwriters must be truly dedicated in order to succeed, but if successful there are great opportunities.