Needed competencies and skills

  • Enjoyment in researching
  • Creativity and imagination
  • In-depth understanding of story, plot and narrative
  • Understanding of how a screen-work manipulates and entertains its audience
  • Ability to structure their work within a specific tone and genre to satisfy and transcend audience expectations
  • Dedicated
  • Disciplined and well organised
  • Ability to work alone
  • Ability to work with other creative people
  • Good writing and typing skills
  • Special feeling for trends
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to handle frequent rejection with equanimity

Career Progression and Training Opportunities

While no formal training is required to be a Screenwriter, Producers expect screenplays to be submitted in standard Mastershot format, and are unlikely to read submissions unless they are presented in this way. Screenwriters may wish to consider taking an MA in Screenwriting (which is offered by IADT in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin). Screenwriters must write a number of original short and feature screenplays 'on spec' (self-financed) in order to attract the attention of Producers and Agents. In addition to First Draft screenplays (a screenplay is always a First Draft screenplay until it is sold), Screenwriters should also prepare pitches, synopses and outlines, which may be required by Producers before they are prepared to read the screenplay itself.

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