Scriptwriter by Matt Mullins

By Matt Mullins

Find out what existence is like for a qualified screenwriter and choose whether it is the ideal profession for you.

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Then the scriptwriters revise their script again. On a TV show, directors have the cast run through the story. Actors read or speak their parts and move around on the set as directed. Some television shows also have dress rehearsals in front of live audiences. At these rehearsals and run-throughs, writers watch for problems so they can make further revisions as needed. LEARNING & INNOVATION SKILLS Orit Schwartz once wrote a short film. She and her film crew shot all the scenes in one day. Orit cast the film with actors she already knew.

Budd Schulberg (1914–2009) was a novelist, television producer, and screenwriter. Most famous for his Academy Award–winning screenplay for On the Waterfront (1954), he also wrote screenplays such as A Face in the Crowd (1957) and novels like The Harder They Fall. GLOSSARY conflict (KAHN-flikt) a problem that motivates characters in a story dialogue (DIE-uh-lawg) conversation between two or more characters directors (duh-REK-turz) people in charge of what we see happen in a movie, television show, or play draft (DRAFT) a first version of a document or any version that is not final drama (DRAH-muh) a serious play extras (EK-struhz) actors who don’t have any speaking lines and appear in the background in scenes images (IM-ij-iz) visual representations of ideas networking (NET-wurk-ing) meeting people to make business connections plot (PLAHT) the events of a story revised (ri-VIZED) to review and make changes scene (SEEN) a small part of a larger story that takes place in a single location screenwriters (SKREEN-rite-uhrz) a person who writes scripts for film or television script (SKRIPT) written plan for a movie, TV show, or play set (SET) the location where a show or movie is filmed table read (TAY-buhl REED) rehearsal where actors read their speaking parts while sitting around a table FOR MORE INFORMATION BOOKS Levine, Gail Carson.

Robert Bolt (1924–1995) wrote plays and screenplays. His work on the films Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), and The Mission (1986) earned him recognition as one of the most accomplished scriptwriters ever. Diablo Cody (1978–) won an Academy Award for her screenplay for the movie Juno (2007). She also created a series for Showtime called United States of Tara (2009–), and she writes and hosts an online Web series called Red Band Trailer. Spike Lee (1957–) has written and directed many films focusing on the experiences of African Americans in the United States.

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