WRITING

IN PRE-PRODUCTION

Writing an effective script to be brought to life in entertainment production, though it takes much creative skill and work in writing the story effectively, it can be very fun and rewarding!  Get the detailed scoop on creating, organizing and putting your script together in our Pen It section!  This will teach you how to make a script that captivates the readers who will fund your project and later the audiences in the movie theater.  Don't forget to clearly express on the script pages what is only to be SEEN and HEARD on the screen before you begin to approach the production phase. 
If you have the money yourself to produce your written work, great!  OR, if you plan on a production company or studio producing your film and you need someone to negotiate a price for you IT'S VERY IMPORTANT that you seek an Agent, Manager or Entertainment Attorney who knows the business aspect of negotiating projects.  This way, you will not get paid only 'two cents' for your work that could be worth billions--okay, millions...or even a few-hundred-thousand.  Hey, some of our work seems priceless and we are so happy about it.  In the midst of it, don't get taken to the ringer.  As well...don't shoot beyond the stars into another universe for the price, either.  Agents and Entertainment Attorneys or Producer friends you may know can give you a heads up. 

IN PRODUCTION

Writing can sound and seem one way when first reviewed before the cameras are set up.  Sometimes, on the set, things may not come off as smoothly for the characters to speak easily, even after rehearsals were in order.  If any dialogue just happens to be tongue twisters or sound confusing to you all on the set, then you, the writer, will be nearby...working with the director and actors to revise the dialogue for a smoother transition. 

IN POST

Maybe, but very rarely, if some words were not clear to the audience in a preview showing, you, the screenwriter may have to come in and reword that part of the script.  At this point, the actor will record this new dialogue you wrote, in post, speaking over the original recording done during the production phase.  Also, if language has to be overlapped with "nicer"/non-offensive words, say, for younger audiences...once the project is moved to the TV screen, for instance, then the writer may have to rewrite those few portions of the script.  Talent will then need to come in and record this dialogue revision, while watching the screen in post to make sure it sounds/looks feasible for us vi