Question by Kirsten Whitcomb: What are expenses a screenwriter must pay?
I am a screenwriter, and I plan on producing a movie of mine. I plan on having an agent get things together for me, and then having them do what they can with it. What will I have to pay for? How much would I have to spend for the completion of the production? (Keep in mind that I’m just the screenwriter) The longer and clearer the answer, the better! This question is important to me.
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Answer by Vince M
Essentially nothing, if you have a legitimate agent.
All you have to do is produce the screenplay, save it to disc and make a couple of hard copies. The agent does the legwork of getting the manuscript to potential producers and other agents. He pays his own expenses for doing this.
If the story is sold, HE takes his cut from the sale. His percentage can vary, but, it should be specified in your contract between you and the agent. Remember, that as a new, untested writer, you shouldn’t expect much success, or much of a price from your first sales.
Still, there have been some surprises, but YOU paying for any up front expenses should NOT be one of them.
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