The screenwriter writes feature films. He composes scripts of 120 pages or less, of dramatic or comedic content. Once he is known for a specific genre of film, he will be pigeonholed into that genre. Often, today's screenwriter has a manager and an agent to handle his career. If he writes a spec script (a script written on speculation, not for any particular producer or company) that sells and is a success, his career is off to a jump start. If he writes a mediocre screenplay, he will continue to write a number of scripts and have an average career in hopes of cashing in on a box-office success. Once that happens, he is gold and he won't have to worry about his career ever again.
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