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Old 10-11-2016, 02:56 PM   #11
Join Date: Jan 2013
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Default Re: Payment for Writing a Screenplay

Legit or not, it's whether the director hiring this writer, or any writer, even has 50% of a writer's fee to pay the writer before commencement of script. A lot of the times, they don't have a dime.

That's a personal decision the OP has to make - write for free, taking on all the risk in the project, or refuse to begin unless they get some form of payment upfront.

When you go with the latter, you're forcing the producer - or in this case the director - to INVEST something in the project. Without any investment, what do they care if in 6 months time when you've finished a cracking screenplay they can't sell it? They've faced no risk at all in the project, whereas the writer has.

If the director has no money to pay the writer upfront, and the writer insists on working with this director, then I'd suggest the writer negotiate that their payment upon principal photography is a little juicier since they're the ones taking the risk here.
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