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How much do directors and screenwriters get paid in Australia?

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Answer #1 | 25/11 2013 07:06
On the film side a good rule of thumb is scripts can make up between 2-5% of the total budget. So on a $50 million dollar film that could be as much as $2.5 million.(The highest paid spec script to date I believe is $5 million to M. Night Shyamalan for Unbreakable, though that may have included his directing fee.) But it also means on a $200,000 indie film it could mean the screenwriter was paid $4,000. (And independent films make up the majority of the 500 or so feature films made per year. ) On the TV side writers can be paid per script or as a staff writer. The highest paid are the ones who create a hit network show and stay on as producer/writers. If that show stays on the air for five years and goes into syndication then they can afford to buy a small tropical island. A good gig if you can land it, but that doesn’t describe most TV writers.
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Answer #2 | 28/11 2013 14:19
The cost of making films/tv in Australia is very high due to our salary structure unless the film maker can receive large funding from the Government/s. That's why we see nearly all overseas films as its too expensive to make our own.
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