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Scriptwriters are part of production teams of film, radio, video and television productions. They use their creative writing skills and abilities to create scripts or stories that are interesting, to capture and hold the attention of viewers or listeners.

They must be able to incorporate whatever is happening in the world into their scripts while maintaining the character of each actor or actress. Sitcoms, serials, speeches for specific people (such as special guests appearing on radio or television), plays, material for chat shows or special ceremonies and scripts for movies could all be part of the tasks of scriptwriters.

Sometimes they make use of the assistance of researchers to collect specific information for the visual and audio aspects of a documentary or period production. They also need to have a thorough knowledge of filming techniques.

The work settings are mostly indoors in their own offices, or on sets or in television studios. When working in remote locations it might be necessary to adjust the script.

Satisfying Aspects
- seeing the results of your creative ideas in the form of a production
- being involved in a successful project
- working with celebrities
- the glamour of the film and broadcasting industry

Demanding aspects
- working to deadlines
- spending long hours getting the job finished
- marketing yourself to potential employers until you become established

- able to write interestingly and well
- lively mind and imagination
- quick wit
- work well with others
- good knowledge of current and past events
- extensive general knowledge
- flexible, problem-solving approach
- able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
- very real insight into all kinds of people

School Subjects
National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course

Each institution will have its own minimum entry requirements.

Compulsory Subjects: Languages
Recommended Subjects: Geography, History and a science subject

Degree: Drama - UP, Wits, UFS, UCT, RU, US, UKZN, Communications - UJ, UFH, NWU, UFS, UKZN, UP, Monash.

Diploma: The N.Dip. Drama and the N.Dip. Theatre Crafts are offered at TUT, DUT. TUT also offers the BTech. Drama degree and the BTech.Theatre Technology degree

- movie, radio, television or video production companies
- self-employment, as freelance scriptwriter or start own business

Any of the universities or universities of technology mentioned above or any movie, radio, television or video production company