Screenwriter for a feature film

SILICON YOUTH LLC • New York, New York, United States


  • Position
  • Start Date
    Apr 25, 2023
  • Location
    New York, New York, United States
  • Rate
    This is a paid position. Rate is $1000 a month until the project gets greenlit, then a $5000 bonus and $2000 a month moving on
  • Status
    Job has been filled

Job Description

Screenwriters write and develop screenplays for film or TV drama. They do this either based on an original idea, by adapting an existing story into a screenplay or by joining an existing project (TV).

Screenwriters prepare their script in a way that enables readers to envisage the setting, emotion and the way it will work on screen. They collaborate with producers, directors and actors to draft and redraft their script, often working to tight deadlines.

Screenwriters are almost always freelancers. In film, initially, screenwriters develop roughly three drafts of a screenplay, with the third being known as ‘the polish’. This is the version that gets pitched to a producer or film studio. Alternatively, a screenwriter may be commissioned by a producer or studio to create a screenplay. Once a screenplay is picked up by a studio, more screenwriters may be brought in to work with a development producer to get it ready for production. In this case, any new screenwriter may share a credit with the original screenwriter, or they may be credited for additional dialogue, or as a story consultant. In some cases, the original screenwriter may be replaced entirely by another screenwriter.

The way a screenwriter is credited in a film can determine their future payments based on exploitation (home releases) of the film.

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