Whether you’re wanting to sell your script to a major studio or produce the film yourself, the next step you need to complete after typing in those satisfying final words FADE OUT… is register your script with the WGA (or Writers Guild of America).
Registering your screenplay with the WGA is a very easy, short, but important process. The short WGA registration number will not only protect you from theft but most or all major studios, agents, producers, actors and actresses won’t even look at your script if it doesn’t bare a WGA registration code.
Why won’t they read my script without a WGA registration number? Because, while the registration code can protect you from someone stealing your script (by keeping a material record of your declaration to writing a specific piece of literary work) it also protects others who read your script from being accused of ripping your script/idea off.
So, how do I register? To register your scripts simply go online to http://www.wgawregistry.org/webrss/ and at the bottom of the page it will offer you two choices: register online or register by mail. Select which one best suits you and beginJ! The site will then ask you to enter in your information including: name, title of screenplay, date, address, phone number, etc. Fill out the information sheet, pay a small fee of $20(US), and you’re done!
*If you register online, which I’m assuming most of you will, the WGA will then immediately provide you with a proof of registration certificate for you to print out (and I also believe they send you a certificate by mail, but I’m not positive if they still do this??). If you chose to register by mail then in about 7-10 business days (after mailing your screenplay) the Guild will mail you a certificate stating your proof of registrationJ.
So there you have it, easy as 1, 2, 3. Now you can begin to confidently pass around your project to actors, agents, major studios, and producers as you take the next steps towards your goal of MAKING YOUR OWN MOVIE!
If you have any questions or comments regarding this post please feel free to leave a comment or send us a personal message and we’ll be more than happy to help you outJ. Also, if you want to know more about what registering your script with the WGA does then go to this link: http://www.wgawregistry.org/webrss/regdetails.html
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