This is the reason why the ultra-budget agreement (and other low-budget agreements) and other low-budget agreements should not be considered as films made on pay or free television. Otherwise, you could make a little money for all your hard work and the money you paid the actors, because the video of your productions would be the first free exhibition of money. SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) is a trade union, representing more than 160,000 film and television actors, radio actors, video games, advertisers (radio and television), news presenters, singers and recorders (both royalty artists and background singers), actors in commercials and actors who work as stuntmen and as special acts. It is dedicated to protecting the interests of its members and improving wages, working time and working conditions, and it does so through a number of contractual agreements (some of which are grouped together above) that apply when one of its members participates in a production. If you`re looking for a SAG short film deal, this is probably the perfect place to start. When a company becomes a signatory, it accepts the working conditions of the professionals represented, protected and laudable under the basic contracts. This includes: Before you dive in, it`s important to establish a detailed budget for your production, as this determines your specific SAG rates. Before you can even roll the camera, you must submit to SAG a budget and a copy of your script. It is not intended (the Ultra Low agreement) for images produced for television shows, cables, video/DVD markets or others, mainly for commercial exploitation.
If you sell to a major, there will be no major problem. If you sell to a small trader, they will try to get out of the signer`s acceptance. I promise you. Do not sign any agreement that leaves you as a signatory. The period. SAG works on crude. NOT how much a producer (the signatory) collects from the distributor in France or Turkey (or anywhere). Let`s say you sold your movie to an experienced cast that sells this stuff on TV, cable, DVD, etc., all over Europe, and that`s $2,000,000 gross. SAG sees that crude, and they will want their 4.5 percent of the crude. You see who the signatory is.
It`s you. You owe $90,000 now. They won`t care if the distributor screwed you in and didn`t pay you a penny. Or that you sold the movie directly for $50,000. You are the signatory, and they want that money. And if SAG doesn`t know the raw numbers, they`ll estimate them, and you pay for that estimate.