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What does a Screenplay Writer do?

A Screenplay Writer creates scripts for television or film productions. You might come up with your own ideas for stories or you might be working with an idea requested by a film or television company. Screenplay Writers may also prepare a script based on an already existing production or book. You may have to research your story idea or interview people involved with the story.

Screenplay Writers need to be creative and should be able to produce writing to meet a deadline. You’ll need a strong understanding of how film and television are made and you’ll need to be able to work with other production crew members. It’s important that you are organised and have good time management skills.

Screenplay Writer Courses

There are 2 courses available for people who want to become a Screenplay Writer.

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How much does a Screenplay Writer earn?

In Australia, a full time Screenplay Writer generally earns $1,300 per week ($67,600 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Screenplay Writer?

The number of people employed as a Screenplay Writer has grown strongly over the last five years. There are currently 3,300 authors in Australia and many of them specialise as Screenplay Writers. Screenplay Writers may find work in larger towns and cities where productions are based.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Screenplay Writer?

Develop your screenplay writing skills with a course such as the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media. This course will develop your skills in film making, television projects and stage productions. You might also decide to further your studies with a Bachelor of Screen Production.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within film, tv and production. Click on the occupation for information on the course you should enrol in to start your journey.

Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au.