What is a screenplay?

A screenplay is a script for a film or television show. It includes dialogue as well as stage direction and character actions and movement. Screenplays have a specific format, although there can be slight variations based on factors: Type (i.e. film, multicam TV, singlecam TV, etc.) Destination (studios and networks often have specific idiosyncrasies) Origin […]

What is the difference between a script, a screenplay, and a teleplay?

“Script” is the most general of the three terms, and is not reserved for any specific type of media. “Screenplay” specifically refers to the script of a film or television program. “Teleplay” is even more specific, and is only used when referencing television scripts. So a teleplay is a type of screenplay which is a […]

What does a manager do?

In brief, a manager manages your career. This includes tangible acts, like setting up meetings, giving notes and feedback, and assisting with deal negotiation, as well as the more abstract, like helping steer your career’s direction. Managers, unlike agents, are not required to be licensed by the state. They usually have fewer clients than agents, […]

What is the WGA?

The WGA is the Writers Guild of America. In their words: [The WGA is] a labor union composed of the thousands of writers who write the content for television shows, movies, news programs, documentaries, animation, and Internet and mobile phones (new media) that keep audiences constantly entertained and informed. Most movies and scripted network television shows in the […]

Why is the last “w” of WGAw lowercase?

The “w” refers to “west,” as in “Writers Guild of America, West,” which is the west coast branch of the WGA. Presumably it is lowercase because it is not part of the WGA’s name, but is used to inform the reader that the writer is talking about a specific branch of the Guild, and not […]