Minimum Graduation (preferably in Literature)

Certified training for Script-writer (programme aligned to MES/Q3002 released by Media & Entertainment Skills Council)

Minimum - 5+ years of work experience

The tasks a Script Writer is expected to perform include:

Writing full length scripts for production

Preparing or co-writing the script/screenplay/dialogue/lyrics for a range of productions and genres

Writing at least the screenplay and dialogue in case of an Indian film industry

Knowledge of norms and practices of script-writing followed by different production houses

Well-versed with the fundamental principles of story-telling and character psychology

Knowledge of the principles of action and dialogue writing, and how to use timing, pacing and characterization effectively

Adept with script formats and their styles, including script components like scene headings, parenthesis, description, scene transitions, action, dialogue, light and sound

Well-versed with the different genres of scripts and the entertaining elements

Knowledge of the elements of the script including the story premise, theme, plot, character profiles, structure, scene design, dialogue and key turning points

Adept with the basics of dramaturgy that include the nature of conflict, how characters and plots drive each other, escalating confrontation and a resolution delivering dramatic satisfaction

Proficient in Indian storytelling traditions, including an awareness of the two Indian myths, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata

Adept with the ability and imagination to convert reality into storylines by drawing inferences from sources such as news reports, interviews, real life characters and events, existing fact-based information, observation and publications or as per client brief

Well-versed with the culture and literary capacity of the audience and how to design narratives that are meaningfully comprehensible to them

Knowledge of researching and tapping into the sources for procuring information/background material that will enhance the dramatic merit of the script

Proficient in working on word processing software and screenwriting, formatting software like Final Draft, Movie Magic, Screenwriter and Celtx and using computers and the internet efficiently

Proficient in typing in regional language using Unicode

Knowledge of the laws and roles relevant for screenwriters, like protecting copyrights, contractual protocols, maintaining membership to the respective writersunion and adhering to the rules and protocols for writersprotection

Training in Script-writing/Creative-writing

Screenwriting skills

Dramatic interpretation skills

Good communication skills

Computer skills

Creative thinking

Script construction skills

Linguistics skills

It is a desk job

May need to handle a team

Travelling is a part of the job

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option maybe available

Working hours

Working hours are 8/9 hours everyday for 5/6 days a week. This may vary from company to company

Overtime is common

Being self-employed is also an option. In this case, the working hours and days will be flexible

Shift system is available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?Maybe

This job is not considered to be hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards include strain on eyes, cervical spondylosis and lumbar spondylosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, mental stress, etc.

For freshers - INR 25,000 to INR 30,000 per month

For candidates with up to 2 yearsexperience - INR 40,000 to INR 45,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of Film and Television Sector in India

The Media and Entertainment industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the country. The television segment in India accounts for over 40% of the revenues. It also contributes to above 35% of the revenues to the Indian advertising industry. The film industry, on the other hand, has seen a tremendous growth and has become a brand name in the recent years. This has helped it to enter the international market.

The current employment across Media & Entertainment sector is estimated to be over 1 million persons (in terms of direct employment only). The Private Final Consumption Expenditure (PFCE) on Entertainment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13% to 14% between 2008 and 2022.

About 100 to 120 persons are required to produce a movie. Keeping in mind the current employment, and the expected growth in different segments in the industry, we project that the total employment in the Media and Entertainment industry would increase from about 1 to 1.1 million persons in 2008 to about 4 to 4.1 million persons in 2022, an incremental human resource requirement of about 3 million persons. All these factors put together is only going to increase the job opportunities for a script writer across towns and cities in India.


Publication houses across India

Media houses across India

Gaming companies across India

Animation companies across India

Production houses across India

Towns and cities across India

Will be updated

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