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#1 Gary Robinson

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 03:54 PM

I'm going to direct my first feature this year. I have some money for production and attaching actors, but I don't have the full amount so I'm putting together the package before I hit investors. What are the options for attaching DP's to a project assuming they like the script? Pay or Play offers? Some money down?
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 05:17 PM

Honestly, there's no point in attaching a DP to a project before it is funded. Investors don't really care and most DP's are too busy to be tied to a project with no firm start date.

Once you are really close to shooting but don't have all the money in place, just part of it, and have nearly-firm shooting dates, you can consider hiring a DP with a minimal guarantee of work (i.e. no matter what, they get "x" number of weeks of pay even if the film doesn't happen.)
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