File Permissions and CHMOD: How to set 777 in PHP upon file creation?

PHP has a built in function called bool chmod(string $filename, int $mode )

http://php.net/function.chmod

private function writeFileContent($file, $content){
    $fp = fopen($file, 'w');
    fwrite($fp, $content);
    fclose($fp);
    chmod($file, 0777);  //changed to add the zero
    return true;
}