What is A Film Crew Contract?
A film crew contract is a legal document that states the various roles of both film crew members and a production agency. First, it protects the film crew member. It provides a set wage, the hours that the employee will work and how long the production will last. It also lays out a pay scale that pertains to a certain amount of hours and then an additional overtime pay scale that states how much the member will make after the initial hours have been reached.
Various duties of the crew member will also be covered in the agreement to ensure the crew member knows exactly what their job entails for the duration of the production. In any film crew contract, it should also state a full job description complete with duties, expectations and who is in charge of whom throughout the crew.
Not only does the contract protect the employees' best interests, but the production company as well. When the pay scale and any benefits are set in stone in a legally binding document, the company will not be subject to surprises when it comes to how much money the crew member is paid or the job description of the crew member.
If extenuating circumstances arise, then the contract can be renegotiated. Aspects like pay and the time spent on the job can change and when they do, both parties should be able to agree to extend or amend the contract.