Careers in Screenplay Writing

A career in scriptwriting is not a sedentary desk job, as most would imagine. Although the seed of the film is planted in the script, the Scriptwriter, like a gardener, tends to the germination and eventually the full flowering of the plant. She becomes a dynamic member of the filmmaking team and is often required for consultation in preproduction, production and postproduction.

Scriptwriters nowadays need to be savvy about the latest digital developments, be they in the area of compositing, keying or frame blending. They also need to know new transition techniques like motion interval shooting, morphing and ramping.

This along with the good old principles of correct screenplay writing makes a heady brew of a career, which gives you a chance to fully exercise your imagination, express your socio-political concerns, create riveting drama and tell immortal tales.

The money is good too. While internationally Scriptwriters have been demanding and receiving handsome remuneration, the scene looks quite bright in India as well. In short, a career in Film and Television Scriptwriting is a thrilling career that could make you rich and famous.

Passion, Against All Odds!!

Passion is often times scoffed upon. Especially if that passion lies in a traditionally unconventional area such as Film. Often times, parents, elders, society, even peers do not accept that we are capable of turning our passion into a rewarding and fulfilling career. But to all those detractors and naysayers, one person that serves as an inspirational example, is famed Film-maker Anurag Kashyap

But Anurag Kashyap’s present stature as an irreverent, avant guard, if somewhat rebellious Film-maker, is today masked by enviable critical & commercial acclaim. The son of a modest electricity board employee, Anurag Kashyap was studying in college in Delhi. However, his parents back home had little idea that their young son was in a whirlpool of self-doubt, confusion, and consequently, in drug-infused haze as he grappled with figuring out what he wanted to do in life. In the meantime, his father wanted him back in Lucknow, the family believing that their already unsure son would go completely wayward, convinced he was a good for nothing!

Anurag carried the burden of his family’s distrust in his abilities. A friend introduced him in Delhi to a theater group, and through them, he attended a Film festival, where he watched as many as 55 Films through the course of the few days the event lasted. His mind was made up. What followed was a long drawn fight for survival. Survival in cold, expensive Mumbai; and the desperate hunt for work, in an often shut-off-to-outsiders Film industry. And Anurag was the poster boy of an outsider. His geography, his ideology, his Film idiom, and his origins; he was a rank & complete outsider. Despite this, he persevered, and never gave up. Sure there was constant self-doubt, but the light of his passions ran through and quelled the gloom of hopelessness, until one day, in 1995, he got his first real Film job. He started working with director Shivam Nair. Next up was working on Satya with Ram Gopal Verma, and then there was no looking back.

Anurag Kashyap’s 14 year struggle to make his celluloid dreams come true is a true story of the triumph of the human spirit. Today, the same degree of passion, if supported by a sound Film education at an accomplished Film academy, can guarantee a rewarding career in Film-making, without the relentless and seemingly unending struggle. With a keen insight into Films academically, both theoretical & practical, and tie ups with big Film studios and Film-makers, graduates from a leading Film academy don’t have to fend for themselves. They can get great internship and work opportunities, from where they can build their work portfolios, and their network of contacts, and use that as a bouncing board for a sure and fulfilling career in Films.

The choice then is yours. Do you want to engage your creative passion in a decade long chase for glory, or qualify yourself professionally, and start making your Film dreams come true, right after studying?


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