In short, the more often an ad is run, the more a SAG actor wins. If you`re making a short film, we`ve got some news for you. With effect from 1 August 2018, SAG-AFTRA has implemented the new short project agreement. What does that mean? We`ll tell you! Due to the size and influence of the union, most major media companies have entered into a collective agreement with SAG-AFTRA through the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). These include studios, production companies, commercial production houses, and even individual producers. Manufacturers and undertakings which sign a contract or Memorandum of Understanding with the Union in their territory shall be referred to as `signatories`. If your project costs between $700,000 and $1,000,000, you will have to pay the SAG talent at least $630 per day or $2,190 per week. My cast and crew always thank me for treating them so well on set, with proper food and breaks, but for the non-unionized projects I do, the crew and cast know that a 12-hour day isn`t unreasonable. SAG-AFTRA low-budget agreements have been created with the contribution of filmmakers and actors to make it even easier for you to hire professional artists. Would you like to see an example of what agreements look like? Remember, these are just SAMPLES.
Your SAG-AFTRA sales representative will send you your current contract when you sign it. Do you think they will pay a payroll company or even a state for the insurance of a project that they create themselves and for which they will not be paid anyway? You can see a sample of the new contract on our resources page and keep an eye on the SAG-AFTRA production center for upcoming updates. If you have any questions about the short project agreement, SAG-AFTRA has even set up a telephone line specifically for these requests, 323.549.6680 (open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm PT). You can also contact SAGindie or check out our FAQ page and we`ll do our best to answer all your burning questions about life (and short films). When a company becomes a signatory, it accepts the working conditions of the professionals represented, protected and rented under the basic contractual contracts. These include: And unlike other SAG AFTRA Theatrical agreements, you are not required to provide a theatrical screening under this agreement. As with most SAG deals, the more time you set aside for actors, the less you have to pay them per day. Once you have established the classification of your production, you will need to send a preliminary information form to SAG-AFTRA with detailed information about your project. The rates for daily and weekly actors under this Agreement shall be set at 35 % of the basic scale of the Agreement. Residues are based on formulas that take into account factors such as the contract in place each year, the time spent on production, the type of production and the market in which the product appears.
All performers who have been hired or upgraded under a principal performer contract whose performance remains in the final product are entitled to arrears. Background actors do not receive residues and are not entitled to them unless they are promoted to lead actors. Also, I wouldn`t have been able to do my paperwork in 1 month at the time, because the SAG chords were much heavier at the time. I was working on a project in Castaic, California, in the suburbs of Los Angeles and just outside the area covered by SAG, which gave producers a number of allocations with SAG actors. SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) is a union that represents more than 160,000 film and television actors, radio, video game actors, advertisers (radio and television), news presenters, singers and recording artists (licensed artists and background singers), performers in commercials and actors who work as stuntmen and special artists. It is dedicated to protecting the interests of its members and improving wages, working hours and working conditions through a series of contractual arrangements (some of which are summarized above) that apply when one of its members is involved in a production. Unlike other signatory agreements, the New Media Agreement does not require minimum remuneration. Initial compensation is fully negotiable under the SAG-AFTRA New Media Agreement for productions that do not meet the high budget threshold. While there are no minimum requirements under the agreement, there are local, state, and federal minimum wage laws that must be followed as they still apply. Payment is due to the performer no later than five working days after the date of work.
SAG Pension and Health or AFTRA Health and Retirement contributions are due on the negotiated initial remuneration of 17%. We are pleased to present the new micro-budget project agreement for select projects with a budget of $20,000 or less per image (or per episode for episodic projects). Click here to learn more! The short project agreement applies to projects shot entirely in the United States with a maximum total budget of $50,000 and a maximum total duration of 40 minutes. This does not apply to episodic or animated projects. The low-budget deal applies to films shot entirely in the U.S. with a total budget of less than $2,000,000 but more than $700,000 and destined for the first theatrical release. The contract must be performed at least three weeks before each work of the performers. Amazon, Instagram, YouTube – these are just some of the goals that the Screen Actors Guild calls « new media. » Whether you`re making a movie or a series, both fall under this deal as long as your budget ranges from $50,000 to $1,000,000. All trade union members are represented in all projects where SAG-AFTRA members are employed in film, television or otherwise under the SAG-AFTRA Basic Agreement and the SAG-AFTRA Television Agreement.
However, there are subsequent project classifications that require additional contracts. Upon signing these contracts, the signatory shall also sign the default basic agreement and shall continue to be subject to the conditions and guidelines set out in this document. .