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Subject: producing an independent feature with a completely inexperience screen writer
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: bc111-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 21 Nov 2006 07:16 PST
Expires: 21 Dec 2006 07:16 PST
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 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
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: 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

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