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I shot the pilot...now what if it's picked up?


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#1 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 02:18 AM

Hey everyone,

So, I shot the pilot for a faux-reality sitcom that is currently being pitched to various networks. The Creator/Producer/Writer/Director of the show would definitely like to keep me on as DP should the show ever get picked up.

But he had a doubt about it. He wanted to know if he would run into any issues with any unions by keeping me on board.

Would I have to join the IATSE to be able to work on a TV Network production of a relatively low-budgeted sitcom?

I'd love to get as much feedback from experienced episodic TV shooters as possible.

Thanks in advance!
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#2 Paul Maibaum ASC

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 09:50 AM

The networks themselves are not necessarily the union signatories for productions that they broadcast. The studios and production companies that actually make the shows are the ones who may or may not sign union contracts. A producer can hire SAG and DGA personnel (or not) and also hire a non-union behind the camera production team. The short answer is that if the producer has not signed a contract with the I.A. you will not have to join any union for the producer to hire you.
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#3 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 11:52 AM

Excellent, that answers my questions precisely and not to mention economically.

Thank you so much Paul!

Cheers!
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#4 Kieran Scannell

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 01:23 PM

Good job Jonathan! Sounds like some exposure at last, hope you get the gig!

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#5 Kieran Scannell

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 01:24 PM

BTW what exactly is a "faux-reality sitcom"?
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#6 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 01:28 PM

Thanks! At this point, I'm just hoping there's even a gig to be considered for.

It's shot and formatted like an MTV style reality show, only it's completely scripted. Think about the show "Laguna Beach", only turned into a screwball comedy.

Actually, it's very much influenced by "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", visually at least.
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#7 Kieran Scannell

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 02:05 PM

Sounds like a blast Jonathan! I really hope the director stands his ground and insists you shoot it.

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#8 Chris Keth

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 03:00 PM

Actually, it's very much influenced by "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", visually at least.


Which I loved! I wish you the best of luck. Hopefully someone will be interested.
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