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#1 Roger Alexander

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 05:31 PM

In the middle of Feb. I will be DP'ing my first feature film. I will be providing my personally owned lighting and grip equipment as well as a RED Dragon cam. I will be lighting the scenes,camera operating, and providing directorial advice to the director. Shooting is scheduled for 3-4 weeks. There is a budget for me to be paid an (ok) rate in installments over the course of those 3-4 weeks. The film will be submitted to bigger studios/reps/investors for consideration of being picked up or bought and being produced on a bigger scale with bigger budgets. In the event that our version does actually get picked up, I assume the  the producer/production team is compensated for it correct? How exactly does it work? Is it one payment or is it like royalties?

 

I'm currently typing up a contract that is due in 24 hours to define the terms of work and payments for the project and I want to make sure that if there is backend compensation from getting picked up, that I get covered and receive a piece of that compensation. How should I word this in the contract? Any advice would be greatly appreciated?


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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 09:38 PM

you really need a lawyer to answer these questions for you, specifically an entertainment lawyer-- i wouldn't even attempt to work out a contract like that off of online advice.


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#3 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 05:00 AM


I'm currently typing up a contract that is due in 24 hours to define the terms of work and payments for the project and I want to make sure that if there is backend compensation from getting picked up, that I get covered and receive a piece of that compensation. How should I word this in the contract? Any advice would be greatly appreciated?

 

 

You shouldn't double post, it causes confusion, you already have a thread covering this subject (with replies).


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