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How Does A Screenwriter Make Money Off A Screenplay? — Mark Sanderson

(Watch the video interview on Youtube here)

Film Courage: When you’re attempting to sell a screenplay, what are some of the deals you will encounter?

Mark Sanderson, Screenwriter/Author: Well there is the option agreement which is to shop the material so they are not buying the script. There’s provisions for purchase of it but it’s an option which means they have the rights for let’s say three to six months and they can have you do work on it or possibly somebody else but they are optioning the rights and you have to be…I’d say careful but it’s going to take if off the market obviously because they are paying you.

My first script sale (the spec) was optioned three times in a row and I was doing all of the rewrites which is good so they optioned it for a number of…for quite a while (six months at a time). This allows them to find financing and that may fall through so they don’t want to let the project go and also have their imprint on it…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

(Watch the video interview on Youtube here)

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