FAQs – BOOK TO MOVIE
You will be asked to sign a contract that says that if the film is made, your screenwriter will be credited.
This does not in any way affect your rights to your book.
A credited writer is a better option for you because the royalty fee is only payable if the film is made, and will be paid from the production budget, i.e. not from you! This is a standard 2% of the production budget plus 3% of the producer’s net profit (usually nothing, but it’s written in!).
Our writers will choose whether they want to request a credit when they read your material. If they don’t, no supplement is payable. If they do, and you want a ghostwriter, then the supplement will be payable. We advise you to accept the credited option as it’s cheaper for you, and better for the writer.
Unoptioned screenplays, i.e. without a film company saying they will make it, can be written outside of union rules because they are speculative, i.e. they are being written with a view to finding someone to make your movie, but they have nobody attached to the project yet. WGA (Writers’ Guild of America) Union fees for a screenwriting service are in excess of $28,000.
Our screenwriters are likely to spend up to 150 hours just on the first stage of the screenwriting process. If you then think of our overheads and project management fees, the screenwriter will be paid around $10 an hour by the time they reach the end of the project with the polishing etc.! How much do you pay your cleaner? Your coffee barista? Your janitor? Screenwriting on speculation is really hard work!
We have writers who are willing to help you via Kwill to achieve a professional screenplay for a lot less if your book has not been optioned yet.
There are many reasons you need to hire a professional at Kwill:
- They have proven IMDB credits for feature films, so you can tell they have actually written feature-length scripts before (and not just YouTube shorts made with their friends to make it look like they have credits) and have worked with actors and directors you recognize
- They have proven film school experience and qualifications
- They have any contacts to send your script to at the end of the process – a good screenwriter wants your film to get made as much as you do
- They know how to format and deliver a screenplay – a very arduous and delicate process that takes years of practice
- You’ll have a chance of selling the screenplay at the end of the project because it will be professionally formatted
There are so many facets to creating a screenplay that gets made into a movie that’s it’s almost a miracle any film gets made whatsoever. Giving yourself the best chance to get seen means hiring a quantifiable, trusted professional service with project management built in.
Writing a screenplay involves over 200 hours of work over three months. In that time, it’s likely the writer will rely on this job to eat, pay rent, and look after their kids, cats, dogs, and grandmas. As we only hire solid professionals with wonderful resumes, we pay them with respect. A screenwriter is working for around $10 an hour with these deals, around the same wage as a retail assistant at Walgreen’s, or a cleaner at your doctor’s office. The reason we are able to hire these talented folk at this rate is because in between their bigger gigs, there is often a gap of a few months where they are free to do something fun and interesting – your book, for example!
We don’t do deals on cost in any other way, and all work is paid upfront.
Cate Baum studied Screenwriting at UCLA, Los Angeles, under screenwriting guru Professor Richard Walter, for which she gained A+ grade (4.0), and was mentored by BAFTA award-winning actor/director Noel Clarke (Star Trek Into Darkness/Kidulthood) in the art of writing and directing. She has also worked on the production of several development projects in Los Angeles. She will be completing her professorship in English and Film shortly.
Both Henry and Cate work directly with hundreds of authors every month at the sister site to Kwill, Self-Publishing Review, founded in 2008.
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