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If a project has to be shot union, what are the details to deliver according to union rules?
Shooting a production under union rules involves compliance with various industry unions that represent different categories of workers in the entertainment industry. Here are some details and considerations for shooting a unionized production, particularly involving SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), and DGA (Directors Guild of America):
SAG-AFTRA provides contracts for actors working in film, television, commercials, and other media. Union actors are entitled to receive specific compensation, including minimum daily and weekly rates. SAG-AFTRA sets guidelines for working hours, including regular hours, meal breaks, and overtime.
Contracts: IATSE covers various roles, including camera operators, grips, electricians, and other crew positions. Specific crew positions may be mandated by the union, and the production must hire qualified personnel for those roles. IATSE typically has guidelines for standard working hours and overtime.
DGA represents directors, assistant directors, and unit production managers. DGA contracts specify the required positions and roles for the directorial team. DGA sets guidelines for the working hours of directors and assistant directors.
Hours on Set:
Unions generally have rules regarding standard working hours, usually an 8-hour day. Overtime rates may apply for hours worked beyond the standard day.
Forced call times (requiring crew to start work before a certain time) may also be regulated by union contracts.
Overtime rates are typically required for hours worked beyond the standard daily or weekly limits, as outlined in the respective union contracts.
Union contracts often specify mandatory meal breaks for crew and talent. The timing and duration of these breaks are typically regulated.
Unions prioritize safety on set. Productions are expected to adhere to safety standards, and there may be provisions for safety measures and protocols in union contracts.
The Teamsters union often represents transportation and logistics personnel in the film industry, including drivers of trucks, trailers, and other vehicles used on set.
Teamsters may handle the transportation of equipment, props, and other materials required for the production.
In the film industry, a “Gang Boss” is a term often used to refer to a lead person or foreman responsible for coordinating and overseeing a specific group or “gang” of workers on set. The Gang Boss ensures that the assigned crew members are performing their tasks efficiently and effectively. They may oversee various aspects of production, such as set construction, lighting, or other specialized tasks. The Gang Boss acts as a liaison between the production management and the crew members they supervise, ensuring smooth communication and execution of tasks.
Required Production Crew:
Union contracts may specify the minimum crew requirements for certain positions. Productions must hire qualified personnel for these roles.
Dues and Contributions:
Unionized workers are often required to pay union dues. Additionally, productions may need to contribute to pension and health plans for union members.
Contracts and Agreements:
Productions need to negotiate and sign agreements with the relevant unions before commencing work. These contracts outline the terms, conditions, and obligations of both parties.
It’s crucial to consult with the specific union contracts and liaise with union representatives to ensure compliance with all regulations. Failure to adhere to union rules can result in penalties, legal issues, or disruptions to the production.
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