There is a list a mile long of all the things you need in filmmaking to be successful. We will only discuss one aspect of filmmaking, and that’s the screenplay. This article will help you get a screenplay for your filmmaking project cheap.
In filmmaking, it’s obvious that you need a screenplay before you can ever begin. Sure, you could find a professional writer to sell you his script and the movie rights, but the cost would be out of this world. So if you are insistent or purchasing movie rights find a writer who is a little less known because he’ll charge a lot less than a famous screen writer.
Another great place to look for writers is your local community college. You’ll want to start with the English professors. A lot of times English class will be filled with great writers just looking for an opportunity to show off their stuff. You can hire a college kid to write your screenplay for next to nothing and maybe even use him for other tasks in your filmmaking. The college student usually won’t mind and it will look good on his or her resume.
Stop by your local film school or film college. A film college is full of men and women who are working hard to be professional screenplay writers. Maybe you can be the one who gives them the break they need. And since they just want to get their foot in the door in filmmaking, odds are you can hire them cheap.
If you really don’t have the budget to outsource the screenplay writing, then you can just hunker down and do it yourself. A word of caution here, this is not for everyone. There is definitely a learning curve in screenplay writing. However, there are a ton of books on this and internet filmmaking courses you can take. Most of the filmmaking courses are pretty good and they don’t cost much money. So they are worth checking out. Also, go to the local library and see what kinds of books are offered. Either way, be prepared to invest a little time and elbow grease and you should do just fine.
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