If you have a knack for writing, then screenwriting can be one of the most fulfilling career options.
Screenwriting is fundamentally the art of writing scripts for mass media such as films, television programs, etc.
Before any movie is shot, it is first presented on a piece of paper. Ideas and characters are penned down, dialogues are written, and the whole scene is described in writing in a specific format.
The script gives shape to the visual content. It is a crucial component in the filmmaking process.
A screenwriter’s job involves a great deal of responsibility as much of a film’s success depends on its script. And that’s why they make a lot of money selling scripts.
And those who are not into mainstream Hollywood, they are occasionally judges of screenwriting contests and script coverage services.
The screenwriter decides what all is going to be shown in the movie, the types of characters, their actions, and the entire storyline. He is the one who writes what is going to be displayed on the screen for the audience.
To be a fine screenwriter, one needs to have a creative mind. A great writer can think outside the box and has a strong imagination.
Apart from that, he should have an excellent command of language and the right knowledge required to excel in this field.
Now, let’s take a quick look at where some of these acclaimed and Oscar Winning screenwriters live and what their houses look like.
1. Akiva Goldsman
Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Akiva Goldsman, born on July 7th, 1962, in the city of New York, USA, is a screenwriter, director, and producer.
His notable work includes A Beautiful Mind (2001), an oscar-winning film, Batman & Robin (1997) and Cinderella Man (2005). He is also known for his contribution in the science-fiction television series called Fringe.
Goldsman completed his high-school education from Saint Ann’s School, Brooklyn Heights and earned his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. Later he attended a fiction writing graduate program at New York University.
Akiva spent years writing short stories without getting any success. Finally, around the age of 28, he got the chance to write his first screenplay called the Indian Summer.
This script landed him an agent in Hollywood, where he sold it to Morgan Creek for a whopping $325,000. This was his big break as a screenwriter.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Akiva Goldsman has a net worth of roughly $50 million.
- Location: Beverly Hills, CA
- Size: (approx) 4,300-square-feet
- 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms
- Custom-designed bell tower with a wrap-around city view.
- Wrought-iron and glass doors.
- A massive living room with a terra-cotta tiled floor, wood-beamed ceiling, and a large fireplace.
2. Aaron Sorkin
Academy Award for The Social Network (2010)
Aaron Benjamin Sorkin was born on June 9, 1961, in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2010 film The Social Network.
Aaron Sorkin was raised in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York City, where he completed his high school graduation.
During this time, he also participated in the school’s drama and theatre club. Later, Sorkin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in Theater from Syracuse University.
His original plan was to become an actor. However, he soon realized that his actual calling was writing. He then wrote several plays and stories but did not get immediate success.
Luck knocked at his door in 1989 when he received the prestigious Outer Critics Circle award for A Few Good Men.
His screenwriting course on MasterClass.com is worth taking if you have the money to spare.
Aaron Sorkin’s net worth is estimated to be approx $90 Million.
The below photo is Aaron’s of office designed by interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard
- Location: Devlin Place, Los Angeles, CA
- Size: 3,700 square feet
- 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
- Outstanding city views.
- Spectacular pool, spa, and many outdoor entertainment activities.
- Gourmet commercial kitchen.
3. Dustin Lance Black
Academy Award for Milk (2008)
Dustin Lance Black, born on June 10’ 1974, in Sacramento, California, USA, is a screenwriter, producer, and LGBT rights activist. He is known for Milk (2008), When We Rise (2017), and J. Edgar (2011).
Black was born in a Mormon household. At the tender age of 6, he discovered that he was attracted to boys, which made him worried about his sexuality.
He even felt suicidal at times. He came out of the closet in his senior year of college.
Dustin did his schooling from North Salinas High School and later graduated with honors in 1996 from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television while apprenticing with stage directors and crew members.
His estimated net worth is approximately $6 million.
- Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
- Size: 1,005 square-feet,
- 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
- Dutch-style front door.
- A beautiful living room with large windows, hardwood floors, partially paneled walls, and floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves.
- A red-painted dining room with bead-board-accented walls.
- Compact kitchen featuring minty-green retro-style ceramic-tile countertops.
4. Charlie Kaufman
Academy Award for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Charlie Kaufman, born on November 19, 1958, in New York City, USA, is a screenwriter, producer, director, and novelist.
His best works include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Being John Malkovich (1999), and Adaptation (2002).
Kaufman grew up in Massapequa, New York. Later, he moved to West Hartford, Connecticut where he did his high school graduation.
During his schooling years, Kaufman was also a part of the drama club and participated in numerous productions. After that, he attended New York University to study films.
In 1991, Charlie moved to Los Angeles, where he got a chance to write for the TV sitcom Get a Life. Thereafter he wrote many comedy sketches and TV show episodes, though none of it brought him the desired success.
Kaufman finally got his big break when he was hired to write the screenplay Being John Malkovich, which earned him instant recognition.
Charlie Kaufman has an estimated net worth of $10 Million.
- Location: Pasadena, Calif.
- Size: 3,576 square feet,
- 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
- Low-pitched gable roof.
- Oak floorboards and woodwork throughout.
- A mossy green tile fireplace in the living room.
- Dining room with a built-in buffet.
5. Eric Roth
Academy Award for Forrest Gump (1994)
Born on March 22, 1945, in New York City, USA, Eric Roth is a screenwriter and producer. He is best known for Forrest Gump (1994), The Insider (1999), Munich (2005), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), and A Star Is Born (2018).
Forrest Gump is his most successful film that earned him the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (Oscar).
He was raised in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn in New York. During his growing years, he had a great interest in boxing which he gives credit for shaping his personality.
Roth graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara and later attended UCLA Film School, where he studied films and TV.
His estimated net worth is roughly $30 Million.
- Size: 3,754 square feet,
- 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom
- Light tumbled stone floors.
- Moderately-sized kitchen with pine cabinetry and a built-in breakfast nook.
- Living room with a carved stone fireplace, a dining area, and a wall of glass sliders opening onto the beachfront terrace.
Now that you have come to the end of this article, you must have realized by now that screenwriting can open doors to success.
Screenwriters can make millions and you can too, if you polish your skills and keep working damn hard, making connections, till you get recognition.
And you certainly don’t need to live in the US to become a fine writer. All you need is a strong will, the right knowledge, and a good amount of patience.