Script Issues – Write Yourself or Find a Writer
Looking at all of the options for your script it is really easy to become thoroughly confused when you are working on a script. Trying to ensure that the script is laid out properly, all characters are developed well and you do not miss any of the finer details is enough to drive even the most sane director crazy. Struggling to avoid all of these problems can create even more problems, especially as you are trying to decide if a writer is what you need, or if you should attempt to work out the script yourself.
It is a good idea for all filmmakers to work on their own scripts at some point. While this is not a skill that has to be thoroughly developed, it can be a very useful skill that many directors cherish. Having the ability to quickly modify a script themselves is something that can save time, but will also allow for the temptation to continuously play with the script as well. For filmmakers who have a good working background with writing you may find that working on the script yourself is best. This is not always the case though; many filmmakers have found that working on the script themselves is a problem.
Some of the problems that can occur if you are working on the script entirely yourself include a lack of time. When you are working to prepare for a feature film there are a large number of things that need to be done. Working out costumes, locations, equipment and even possibly working on a budget are all hassles that must be handled. Hiring a writer to handle these problems for you can free up your time as a filmmaker to work on what you enjoy, and leave the details of writing and laying out the script for someone else.
Additionally you need to consider your budget, if you have a very small budget, or something that is closer to nothing than a budget at all you may find that it is necessary to write the script yourself just because you cannot afford a writer. You still have a few options if you find yourself in this position though. It is important to take your time when writing the script if you need, but instead of just diving into the script you could feel free to look around for someone who is willing to write for you in order to gain experience.
Finding a writer willing to work for just experience will not last for long, and often you will need to agree to pay a percentage of any money that the film makes, but it certainly beats paying a large premium for a writer upfront. Additionally, using a writer who is willing to work for a very cheap rate can allow you to build a great working relationship with someone else who is just starting out. These contacts can serve you well in your entire film career and should always be encouraged if at all possible.
Regardless of your ultimate decision over whether hiring a writer or just writing the script yourself, ensure that you really make sure it is developed properly. Rushing through a script, even if you are paying for it can cause a lot of problems because you will have great difficulty getting the high quality that you need to produce a high quality film. Never cut corners on the script since this will be one of the lifeblood’s of your movie.