Working with SAG doesn’t have to be a pain in the ass for indie producers...
Working with SAG for the first time can feel like scaling a mountain of paperwork, requirements and stress.
If you’re producing your first SAG film or web series, you probably have a lot of questions:
- What contract do you need? Short film? Ultra-low budget? New media?
- What if you can’t afford the $125/day minimum? Can you defer the payment? How do you do that?
- What is Pension & Health? How do I calculate that? Where do I send it? Can I defer it?
- What if you want to work with union and non-union actors?
- How are you going to manage to follow all of these rules?
- Do you have to finish casting before you submit an application?
- Where the hell do you even find the application?
If you're in the middle of pre-production, you probably have a million things to worry about and not enough time.
You want to spend your precious time on creative decisions -- not spending hours searching the web, trying to figure out the SAG contracts, paperwork, and rules.
And if you can't afford a payroll company, you don't want to spend hours after production trying to figure out how to calculate Pension & Health payments, taxes, and where to send them.
It doesn’t have to be so hard.
What if you had…
- All the information you needed about SAG in one place?
- A list of all the required steps in an easy-to-follow checklist?
- A spreadsheet already built to calculate what you owe and who you owe it to?
The Indie Producer's Guide to Navigating SAG
I’m putting together a detailed guide on how to navigate SAG.
It’s for indie producers who don’t have a huge budget and don’t have someone on their team with years of experience dealing with the union.
The guide guide is going to cover all of the questions above and many more, like:
- Which SAG contract is right for your production.
- How to become a SAG signatory.
- When and how to defer payment to actors.
- Understanding the contract you’re signing with SAG.
- How to work with union and non-union actors on the same project.
- P&H payments and taxes
- SAG rules on set and how do avoid violations
- Managing the paperwork and when to submit which form
I’m also going to include:
- A start-to-finish checklist to keep you on track throughout the process
- An easy-to-understand guide to choosing the right SAG contract for your film or web series
- A spreadsheet to calculate P&H, taxes, overtime, and any other SAG-related payments.
- A sample deferment rider to attach to the standard SAG contract.
You’ll have everything you need to fill out your application and get the ball rolling in a single afternoon.
In the mean time...
The guide isn't done yet.
But, if you sign up now, I'll send you a free checklist with every step in the SAG process. It's a step-by-step guide to the entire process, so you won't miss a single step.
And I'll let you know when the full guide is done.
(seriously, the checklist alone will get you 80% of the way there)
About the author
Robert Carter is a writer, director, producer, and web developer in Chicago. Since 2015, he's made a web series and three SAG short films. Right now, he's working on producing his first SAG ultra low budget feature.