Ultra Low Budget

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ULTRA LOW BUDGET
Step 1

The Ultra Low Budget Agreement applies to those films with a total budget of less than $250,000.

 

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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).

 

Start by completing the Preliminary Information Sheet for Ultra Low Budget Agreements.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 3

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 4

Required Documents

 

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

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 5

Also complete and submit documentation that indicates who is employing the actors:

Corporation – Provide your Articles of Incorporation and completed Corporation Resolution. Click to download.
Limited Liability Corporations (LLC) – Provide your Articles of Organization, LLC Operating Agreement and completed LLC Resolution. Click to download.
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
2)    A copy of the shooting script
3)    Day Out of Days
4)    Line Item Budget

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 7

Once we’ve received and reviewed all of the applicable documents, your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will contact you and let you know the amount of the security deposit, which you must deliver to the union as follows:
1)    Security Deposit (cashier’s check or wire transfer)
2)    Security Deposit letter
3)    W-9 form
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When all of these requirements are fulfilled, your Business Representative will give your production “clearance,” which will allow the performers you have cast to begin work.

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PRODUCTION
Step 8

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 9

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

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POST-PRODUCTION
Step 10

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

 

1)    Final Cast List
2)    Detailed Final Cost Report

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POST-PRODUCTION
Step 11

And that’s it!

 

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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Informational / Guide PDF
Pre-production form
This is a one page summary of the rates and basic terms of the low budget theatrical agreements.
Informational / Guide PDF
Rate sheet
This memorandum details modifications to the existing Basic Agreement and Television Agreement.
Informational / Guide PDF
Agreement
This memorandum details modifications to the existing Basic Agreement and Television Agreement.
Informational / Guide PDF
Agreement
This is the form a producer signs to producer under the 2017 Theatrical Codified Basic Agreement.
Sample PDF
Agreement
This is the agreement for independent producers making films under $250,000.
Sample PDF
Agreement
This is the master agreement for theatrical motion pictures, and spells out the responsibilities of producers working in that medium.
Informational / Guide PDF
Agreement

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