producing an independent feature with a completely inexperience screen writer
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: bc111-ga
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21 Nov 2006 07:16 PST
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Question ID: 784507
what is a fair producing fee for a first time screenwriter who won't Be doing actual producing work? I have a first time screen writer who wishes to producer her first feature with me and wants to be an equal partners in all aspects and receive the same producing fee & percentage in addition to her fee as the writer (although she will not be raising any cash or perform any meaningful producing duty & I will be doing all the work). what do you think is a fair % (fee wise) in this situation (since industry standard for a writer alone does not apply). What happens if a third party purchases the script and is not willing to pay me a producing fee? How would I be compensated? I am very interested in this project but she is part of the package and will not depart otherwise.how can I protect my interest and also our investors? I am very concern about this situation as whole, since i don't know this person, won't have any real control and we be doing all the work, any advice or guidance in handling this situation would be greatly appreciated. thank you very much
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Re: producing an independent feature with a completely inexperience screen writ
From: qed100-ga on 21 Nov 2006 07:30 PST
A fair amount will be whatever the screenplay is worth to you, or whatever you can afford, whichever is greater. She may not be doing any producer chores, but without the story, there's no movie. Her screenplay is the core of the entire project. And besides, she may very well find herself doing work during production. Screenplays seldom ride out an entire shoot without undergoing some degree of transformation enroute. New ideas come to mind, and unexpected practical obstacles crop up, mandating re-writes of the script. It's not a bad idea to keep the writer available on location; often the writer is, in fact, kept on hand to address whatever contingency arises. Keep in mind also that, if this is a micro-budget production, you could even have her helping out as part of the crew. The Show's the thing.
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