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Movie and TV buffs might consider a major in screenwriting


Monday, August 27, 2012
Does cinema have the ability to transport you to other worlds and other times or to involve you in other lives? Do you love how watching a television sitcom can turn a bad day around as you laugh at the characters’ antics? Have you ever reworked a movie in your mind, creating different scenarios for the actors. If so, you might consider a career as a screenwriter in the film and television industry.

Many colleges offer undergraduate programs to train the next generation of screenwriters. Some schools offer bachelor’s degree programs focused entirely on screenwriting. Many of these are specialty schools that focus on the arts in general; and some focus solely on entertainment media. A larger number of schools include writing for television and film in the course work for a communications or creative writing program.

Regardless of where you pursue your degree, you will take courses that introduce you to the fundamentals of writing for film and television. You will learn how to format a screenplay and how to adapt a written piece, such as a short story or novel, for the big or small screen. You will also explore the history of this craft, as well as the writing techniques unique to this genre of storytelling. Over time, you may take courses that require you to write the scripts for short and feature-length films or television pilots.

The entertainment industry is very competitive and many screenwriters work on a freelance basis. However, the knowledge and skills you acquire in a college screenwriting program may be just what you need to break into television and films.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800850034-ADNFCR

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