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Script writing

Hey everyone,
I’m wondering if you can help me.
I’ve recently started writing scripts, and one of the short films is getting made. How much should I be expected to be paid? I’m not a professional writer, nor do I have any training, it’s something I enjoy doing and this would be my first paid writing job.
Is there a minimum wage for it?

Thank you

Asked by: Natalie Williams

  1. Natalie Williams on September 28, 2019

    Thank you Andy,
    We’re applying for funding and I was told to think of a reasonable amount to put forward.
    I’ll let you know how it goes ☺️


  2. Andrew Newall on September 27, 2019

    Hi Natalie

    Well done on getting one of your scripts produced! Short films are usually made by independent production companies making their films on an extremely low budget so I wouldn't expect much at all.

    I've had two of my scripts made into short films. They were both done on a tiny budget. Favours were called in, cast and crew all worked for free. I didn't get paid for any of it.

    Don't let low budget put you off. If all the crew are dedicated and know what they're doing, you'll still end up with a good-looking production, and if they put it do a film festival or two, you'll see your name up there on the big screen. That's a real buzz that makes up for a lack of pay.

    All of that is based on my own experiences. Please come back to the forum and let us know how you get on with it. Good luck.



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