Story & Script

Last updated on July 26th, 2017 at 03:29 pm

The following titles exist within the group (not technically a department) Story & Script.

  • Writer
  • Screenwriter
  • Script Editor
  • Story Editor
  • Storyboards and Pre-visualisation
  • Researchers

In Australian A-Z Budget – Feature Films these roles are in section A.1 Story & Script.

Story & Script are Above-The-Line. The-Line is said to differentiate the team responsible for the creative control of a motion picture from the technicians and crafts-people who make the film. More accurately Above-The-Line personnel are attached during the Development phase of a production while Below-The-Line crew are hired once the financing is in place and Preproduction phase begins. Costume, Art and Makeup departments are creative, but they still fall Below-The-Line.

Story & Script are considered Labour by unions such as MEAA and the ADG so their minimum rates of pay are defined in the standard industrial agreements for each production sector.

Writer’s remuneration on Australian feature films is often equal with the Director and Producer, due to most favoured nation clauses supported by funding bodies and unions.

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