The role of the screenwriter is to take a project from idea to final draft of a screenplay, which is then the blueprint for filming. Screenwriters can generate their own ideas or be hired to write a project which a producer or director has conceived. Feature film and television projects usually go through several drafts as the story is honed (short films may only have two or three drafts). The screenwriter does each rewrite responding to notes and feedback from the producer, director, script editor and development executives as the project progresses.
For this role, you will need:
A sound understanding of the structure of stories on screen.
An ability to tell a story using images and sounds.
Excellent communication and listening skills.
An ability to collaborate creatively and respond to notes.
Wide frame of reference of cinema and television.
Learning the art and technical skills of screenwriting through reading the many books available on the subject, taking courses in screenwriting or taking an MA in screenwriting. Writing a feature film or a sample episode of a television series on spec. Other routes include, working in the development department of a production company or working as the writers’ assistant in the writers’ room.