Low Budget

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LOW BUDGET
Step 1

The Low Budget Agreement applies to those films with a total budget of less than $2,500,000.

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Casting Incentives

SAG-AFTRA offers two casting incentives to Modified Low Budget filmmakers that may increase the total production cost maximum.

  • Diversity-in-Casting Incentive
  • Background Performer Incentive
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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 2

The following are the steps you must take prior to your first day of travel, rehearsal or principal photography, whichever comes first (we recommend giving yourself at least three weeks).

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 3

The following are the steps you must take prior to your first day of travel, rehearsal or principal photography, whichever comes first (we recommend giving yourself at least three weeks).

 

Email the completed form to signyourpicture@sagaftra.org.

 

A SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will contact you within a few days and send you a packet of information and documents.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 3

Required Documents

 

Complete and return the following documents from your packet:
1)    Company Authorization Letter form
2)    Theatrical Information Sheet
3)    Theatrical Distribution Checklist
4)    SAG-AFTRA Agreement for Independent Producers of Theatrical Motion Pictures
5)    Low Budget Agreement
6)    SAG-AFTRA-Producers Pension and Health Adherence Letters
7)    Television/Theatrical Production Checklist

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Pre-Production Cast List
Step 5

Required Documents (cont.)
Also complete and submit documentation that indicates who is employing the actors:

 

Corporation – Provide your Articles of Incorporation and completed Corporation Resolution.
Limited Liability Corporations (LLC) – Provide your Articles of Organization, LLC Operating Agreement and completed LLC Resolution.
Partnership or Joint Venture – Provide your Fictitious Business Name Statement (if applicable) and Partnership Agreement (if applicable).

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 6

Send your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative the following four required production documents:

 

1)    Complete Pre-Production Cast List; if you intend to use the Diversity-in-Casting Incentive, use the Pre-Production Cast List Diversity form.
2)    A copy of the shooting script
3)    Day Out of Days
4)    Line Item Budget

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 7

We also need to review any agreements you have that affect the ownership of the film and its story.  These are called Chain of Title documents.  Chain of Title documents usually include, but are not limited to, the following:
•    A copy of Form PA or ECO (relating to the screenplay) and proof of its registration with the US Copyright Office (USCO)
•    Agreements for all assignments relating to the film and the underlying rights, including proof of filing each with USCO (For example, certificate(s) of authorship, “work made for hire” agreements, and copyright assignments); and
•    Copies of all distribution, license, and/or sales agency agreements pertaining to the right to distribute the Picture in all media and territories worldwide.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 8

Once we’ve received and reviewed all of the applicable documents, your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will contact you and let you know what financial assurances are needed. Financial assurances usually include, but are not limited to, the following:
1)    Security Deposit (in the form of a cashier’s check or wire transfer) and related Security Deposit Letter and W-9 form.
2)    Security Agreement
3)    Assumption Agreement(s)
4)    Intercreditor Agreement(s), if applicable
5)    And all other financial assurances that may be required, including, but not limited to, a Collection Agreement, Guaranty Agreement, and/or a Residuals Reserve and corresponding Custody Agreement.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 9

When all of these requirements are fulfilled, your
SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will give your production “clearance,” allowing you to verify with the Union that the Performers and Background Actors you’ve hired for your project are in good standing and can work.  This is referred to as the Cast clearance process.

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PRODUCTION
Step 10

Required Documents

 

During production, complete and submit the following to your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative:
1)    Delivery of each week’s payroll checks to the Union: Itemized checks made payable to each performer must be delivered to your Business Representative no later than the Thursday following each payroll week.
2)    Delivery of each week’s total Pension and Health contributions: In addition to the payroll checks, you must deliver a check made payable to the SAG-AFTRA-Producers Pension Plan in the amount of the total Pension and Health contributions for the previous week’s payroll, accompanied by a completed Pension and Health Plans Theatrical Weekly Report of Contributions

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PRODUCTION
Step 11

Required Documents (cont’d)

 

3)    SAG-AFTRA Performer Contracts for Low Budget Theatrical Motion Pictures
4)    Complete a Production Time Report Form (Exhibit G) for each day of production. 

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Working With Non-SAG-AFTRA Members
Step 12

If you are hiring a principal performer or background actor who is not yet a SAG-AFTRA member, you should submit the applicable Taft-Hartley Report to your Business Representative, along with a head shot and resume.

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POST-PRODUCTION
Step 13

After production, complete and submit the following to your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative:

 

1)    Final Cast List
2)    Casting Data Report Forms
3)    Detailed Final Cost Report

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And that’s it!
Step 14

If you have any questions throughout the process, please contact your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative.

 

Thank you for working with SAG-AFTRA.

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Completed by the signatory company and details the purpose of the security deposit and how it will be used.
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Financial Assurance
This is the employment contract that the producer and each day stunt player must sign for SAG-AFTRA-signatory theatrical productions.
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Production form
This form asks for information on potential distribution of the film as well as financial assurance issues.
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Pre-production form
This form must be completed for each motion picture and each episode of each series produced.
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Post-production form
This is the time sheet where performers hours are logged and the performers signs at the end of each time.
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Production form
This form starts the SAG-signatory process for ultra low, modified low and low budget film producers.
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Preliminary Information
Must be completed for each film and each series episode when Stunt Performers and/or Coordinators are used.
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Post-production form

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