Some facts I found online about silent film that were published on www.oldmagazinearticles.com/silent_movie_history_article in 1947 by journalist Richard G. Hubler.
Film production companies were fierce busy back in the silent era, how about averaging three movies per week.
With that sort of work, what type of salary were some of the early film production crews on, well how about a good pay for a Hollywood film executive which would be around $50.00 per week.
And then there were the film extras who were on about $1.50 per day. (Did they get their meals provided for as well I wonder)
Film directors did a bit better though, they were on about $150.00 per week. (No wonder they all lived in luxury)
And sure Cameramen were also well thought of with a salary of $80.00 per week.
Scriptwriters had to be very prolific, since they were averaging about $25 per script – must have been very heavy work on an old type-writer though.
And finally, Money must have really stretched far back then: About $500.00 for a big-budget production back in the silent-era – no wonder they could afford to squeeze out three movies per week. More next week. Log in and find out what new facts I have to reveal.
Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee