Question by The John Phenomenon: what does a writer for a film production company do exactly and how much do they get paid?
i want to work in film and i have talent and experience in journalism and writing. but what exactly does a writer do for a film production company? do they just write the screenplay? how does it work? and do they get paid a lot? additionaly, how much do special effects guys make? the guys who work on the special and visual effects? what about film editors?
Answer by earth_angelus
Writers, special effects guys and film editors are technically all freelancers – you don’t work “for” a production company, you work “on” a particular project – whether it be a film, a tv show, whatever. How much you get paid depends on the budget of the project. A screenwriter whose film is bought by a major studio is pretty much going to make a minimum of six figures. If they get involved in rewrites, etc, they can make more. Special Effects (physical effects in the movie or show) on a major project – $ 2-4 K a week unless you are dealing with major effects like explosions, etc. Film editor with good experience would get $ 20-30 an hour. Visual Effects (matte or CGI) at least $ 40 an hour. But keep in mind you rarely work 40 hours a week/52 weeks a year in any of these jobs.
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