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Harry Kirchner <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 10 Dec 1997 16:02:50 +1100
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To the best of my knowledge, such "jobs" don't exist except on a piecemeal
basis as attachments to individual writers or producers.
The days when Hollywood studios hired writers direct (much less
researchers), are long gone. And unfortunately, agents are likely to throw
your CV in one of those mythical dumpsters which are supposed to be in
laneways at the back of their offices.
Best for you to approach writers direct if you want work as a researcher.
If I were you I'd put an ad in the hard copy version of "Written By", which
is the journal of the Writers Guild of America (West). If your profile is
up to scratch, you might get a response.
And depending on how you feel about sending unsolicited Email, the WGA site
also has a listing of members' web sites. Personally, I wouldn't engage in
such an undignified exercise but then I'm a retiring Aussie.
As a starting point the URL for "Written By" is "".
Good luck
>I hope someone can help me.
>Who does the background, historical research for motion pictures?
>I would like to apply for such a job, but don't know who I would contact at a
> film studio.
>Hugh McGuire
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