Why writers should support independent film companies, not just publishers

Screenwriting, Writing
I've talked a lot this year about why it's important for writers to support small publishers and how we can do that, but today I'd like to discuss why it's also important for us to seek out--and support--independent film companies. Here's the thing: independent film companies and small entertainment companies hire writers. Sure, some of them are probably run by writers eager to make their stories come to life, but most of these companies are run by other industry professionals--in movies it's often producers or directors--who have spent all, or at least most, of their lives studying and working in the industry. These companies need people like us. Without a writer, there's no script, and without a script, there's no movie. They cannot do the amazing work they do if there is no story…
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