Question by emmaWilliamsonx: what qualifications are needed to become a film producer or script writer?
Answer by courtney m
The main thing is knowing people. If you are going to be a film producer, the quickest and riskiest way to do it is to start your own production company. You’re going to have to invest a lot of your money and perhaps take out loans or ask for donations from friends and family. You need to put yourself together a cast and crew, friends or professionals. If you can find friends that will do it for free then that would help. Once everything is done send it into festivals. If you’re lucky then you might get discovered.
The longer and more likely way is to try to get a job at a studio doing anything; PA, secretary, office employee. Whether you are helping out on the set or in the office you are going to be working with professionals who know other professionals and if you impress the right person then they may be able to put in a good word for you. Also, by working there you will able to have a feel for the craziness that goes on off and on the set. Having a business background would help as well. That’s what I’m doing. I’m majoring in business and minoring in film so I can familiarize myself with the two worlds and hopefully be a film producer myself one day. It also helps to be outspoken, influential and able to express ideas clearly both orally and in writing.
As far as script writing goes, the only qualification I can think of is writing well. Not well in the grammatical sense. Just being able to effectively write a screenplay with a theme and engaging characters. When you send your screenplay in, there are readers hired to read the screenplay. They usually will only read the first 10 pages so make sure you have the substance of your story and ur characters introduced by the 10th page. If you’re lucky, it will go on to someone else higher and they will read the whole thing. Then they will probably hand the producer the synopsis and the producer will either use it or file it away. If he uses it, chances are it will be changed ten times before it is made into the final screenplay. If he files it away, he may or may not pull it out when the demand for that particular type of film is high. Chances are, a low-budget or indie production company will actually spend more time with your screenplay and use it but of course, you won’t get the big bucks with that approach. Again however, you could be lucky and someone may like your stuff so much that they refer you to someone who can get you to write for a show.
Your best bet is to know someone in the business and slowly workyour way up for both of these positions.
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