Whether you are doing a Television Commercial, Corporate Video Production, Music Video or Creative Film Production, you need to have an Actor’s Agreement.
When I was just staring in the industry I involved myself as a Gaffer in an independent feature film, which for reason which will become apparent, will not be named. This film was truly independent, no funding or backing other than the credit cards of those involved. Because everyone were friends and had acted ort worked together professionally at some point or another, not one piece of paper got signed.
To say it was unpleasant would be an understatement. This film was a study in how not to make a film. Actors constantly showed up late. One actor decided to get a hair cut midway though filming. The initial 1st AD left 1 week before shooting and the cinematographer walked off set 2 weeks into shooting. Inevitably, the production fell apart. That however, was not the end of the problems. Producers went bankrupt, actors went unpaid and everyone involved was left heartbroken.
One of the many lessons I learnt from this experience was that you must get the production bible written. An Actor’s agreement is one part of that.
Please find at the bottom of the page a copy of an Actors Agreement.dot that I use on my love projects.
As a disclaimer, at some point I adapted this from a template I got some something else… but I can’t remember what is was so, sorry to them.
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