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Senior Scriptwriter

Production

FULL-TIME · CAPE TOWN

  • Job Title: Senior Scriptwriter
  • Department: Production
  • Reporting to: Team Lead, Script Manager
  • Responsible for: Quality written content
  • Location: Cape Town

Summary

As a Senior Scriptwriter you will be directly involved in the day-to-day operations of the Production department. The main function of this role is to write – and to assist Directors, where necessary, in the production of written scripts and supplementary content required in the creation of specific projects. You may be involved in the production of certain projects, and your role on set will be to assist the Director where needed.

The role involves filming in local and international locations. Applicants must be willing and able to travel. 

  • To make smart, innovative and relevant contributions during creative brainstorm sessions in the development of Lobster Ink courses

    To produce content that includes but is not limited to audio-visual scripts, learning activities and collateral. This content will be concise, accurate, dynamic, and consistent

    To produce content that shows applied understanding of the specific client’s brand and requirements

    To proofread all written content and related documentation

    To work with Scriptwriters, Lead Scriptwriters, Instructional Designers, and other project participants to ensure all written work matches the outcomes defined during the visualisation process, that it meets the client’s requirements, and is of Lobster Ink standard

    To keep updated on rules and changes in the Lobster Ink Writing Style Guide and various client-specific style guides, and to make reasonable contributions to these style guides when required

    To participate in, and contribute to, department training and workshop sessions when required

    To guide Scriptwriters around writing tone, style and angle on projects

    To mentor and assist Scriptwriters when required, and escalate any matters that relate to quality, accuracy or consistency not meeting Lobster Ink standards to the Lead Scriptwriter or Script Manager

    Responsibilities When Travelling

    To assist with varied tasks when travelling, understanding that these tasks may sometimes fall outside the typical scope of a writing role

    To assist in explaining and demonstrating to the actors what they need to do in each shot to ensure that necessary scenes or images are filmed as per the shotlist and script

    To make notes on set with regard to specific shots, actors used and any details that would add value to the filming report and shotlist

    To update scripts as and when required, including post-travel

    To assist the Director and Producer with any relevant tasks, such as proofreading emails going out to clients and updating the filming report

    Organisational Alignment

    Reports to the Script Manager and Lead Scriptwriters

    Works closely with the Scriptwriters and Instructional Designers

    Basic Requirements

    At least three years experience in a professional writing role

    Portfolio of written work – a demonstration of copywriting, scriptwriting, and writing for learning or training would be highly advantageous

    Experience leading others in a professional environment also advantageous

    Technical Knowledge

    Experience with both Microsoft Office and iWork suites

    Experience with Google Business Suite

    A proficient Mac user

    Exceptional command of the English language (written and verbal)

    Strong grammar, spelling and punctuation skill

    Personal

    Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment with multiple stakeholders

    A creative thinker who is confident and self-motivated

    Ability to motivate and guide a team of Scriptwriters

    An eye for detail and the understanding of what quality writing sounds like

    Can both give and receive direction and constructive criticism well

    A proactive individual with the ability to successfully manage several tasks simultaneously

    Works well in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment

    Wants to grow in a growing business