William Martell – AKA Bill – is one of our favorite people here at TVWriter™, as well as a mighty fine writer and teacher. One of the things we like most about Bill is his absolute refusal to give his web posts, including videos, clickbait titles.
In this case, though, we kind of wish he had. Because these just plain old ways to get started, they’re well thought out scenarios that this TVWriter™ minion has seen work…time and time again.
Take it away, Maestro Martell:
This is only one episode of Bill Martell’s excellent YouTube series on screenwriting. Collect them all HERE and HERE
Film Courage strikes again with this provocative video about what “high concept” is and isn’t. The video concentrates on this as a “big movie idea,” but TV historically has been the arena where high concept ruled. And now…showtime:
The answer to another question frequently asked by neophyte TV and screenwriters. Yes, there’s a bit of the dreaded overthink here, but what better way to be informed than to learn even more than you expected?
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The goal of any aspiring screenwriter is to get paid for, well, writing. But what exactly does it take to be compensated for your work? What do you do once you’re offered money for a script? Is there even such a thing as a “screenwriter salary” in the first place?
The answer to these queries—as with most things in the entertainment world—can be rather complicated, but this post aims to shed some light on all these screenwriting money matters and more.
In this article you will learn:
Whether there’s such a thing as a screenwriter salary
All about your screenwriter salary as a non-WGA member
All about your screenwriter salary as a WGA member
What happens after a sale
If it’s ever okay to write for free
When you can quit your day job to just focus on writing
Without further delay, let’s dive on in.
Is there such a thing as a screenwriter salary?
We’ll be using terms like “screenwriter salary” and “TV writer salary” throughout this post but, in all honesty, they’re rather nebulous. The truth is, there’s no such thing as a fixed screenwriter salary—the kind you might expect to find in a more traditional industry such as, say, the medical or hospitality industry.
This is because rather than the fixed yearly salaries workers receive in traditional industries, screenwriters are paid on a freelance, ad-hoc basiscommon to most creative industries.
Whether a screenwriter has zero credits or a hundred, they’re essentially in the same position: looking for the next paycheck. Granted, established screenwriters—whether they be A-list writers, such as Christopher Nolan, or successful independent writers, like Mike White—have a distinct advantage in the form of a track record….
We love you guys so much that we’ve cancelled everything else at TVWriter™ today to clear the decks for your last-minute bargain PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 entries.
Like the headline says, Today, August 1st, 2018, is the last day for you to enter the World’s Most Beloved Interweb Writing Contest since the last World’s Most Beloved Interweb Writing Contest for 30% off the regular entry fee.
That’s write, e-media pilot-writing fans, this is your last shot of the season to enter at only 35 bucks a shot instead of $50. (Which isn’t all that much either – lunch in L.A. can easily cost that much for one hungry gourmand, but money is money, yeah?)
For those who’ve been in hiding, here are some PEOPLE’S PILOT highlights: