There are two types of crew members. Above the line, the crew members are the ones who control the aesthetics of a film, such as the director, producer and cameraman, to name a few. Beyond the line, crew members are usually paid a lump sum, as stipulated in their employment contracts. These agreements most likely contain very complex terms and provisions which, because of the nature and breadth of their work on a film, are necessary for their counterparts under the line. An option agreement is a contractual agreement in which a producer acquires the right to purchase a script from a writer or other owner. Unlike the rights purchase agreement, which is a lump sum purchase of a property, an option contract is not in fact the acquisition of the right to use the scenario. Instead, the producer acquires the «exclusive right to sell» at a later date, when the producer secures the financing. Option agreements are generally used to «freeze» a property, allowing the producer more time for more research and exploration of other means related to the production of the film. Options are generally cheaper than rights sales contracts, such as writers are often happy to get a few thousand dollars for their work. 12. Shot List – Film Contracts 13.
Shot List – Learnaboutfilm 14. Shot List – LAvideoFilmmaker 15. Photo-recording List – Filmourcing16. Camera Shot List Advanced – Filmourcing You can start with a standard deal or deal memo, as provided on this site, which can serve as a discussion list. But remember, using model contracts with boilerplate (standard) is like buying an «off the rack» suit – it needs to be tailor-made to fit your specific situation. From the filmmakers` point of view, it is very important that the enterprise agreement be developed to ensure that the filmmaker retains full control over the management of the company. Since the films are very personal to the filmmaker, the enterprise agreement should include an «emergency plan» which, as the name suggests, should indicate the backup plan and the consequences in the event that, for whatever reason, the filmmaker is unable to conclude the project. We also recommend that filmmakers` obligations be specified in separate employment contracts, so that filmmakers become employees of LLC and that the intellectual property created be owned by the LLC under the traditional principles of «work for rent.»