Tue 23 Sep, 2008 05:54 pm
I am directing an independent film with non-sag actors. And I want to word the contract such that the actors all get a percentage of the profits of the film. Problem is: I can't figure out how to word it. Here's my original idea:
Profits shall be considered: any monitary awards, the sale of any rights, and reimbursement from the distributor for distribution. Profits shall be divded as such: 15% star, 5% co-star...blah, blah...
The part I'm uncertain on is: "reimbursement from the distributor for distribution," I want this to be what ever the distributor pays "us," but I don't know how to word that. Should I create something like "We" should be considered? And then use that for "us"?
If it's a legal document, you would be well-advised to hire a lawyer. After all, you want to do it right, don't you? And any advice offered to you here by non-lawyers might be worthless.
Where are you located, Muarck
? There are organizations out there that specifically assist people and organizations in the arts with legal problems. Like this one
, for instance, in the Chicago area.
I'm in central New York; and I would love to hire a lawyer, but I'm already many thousands broke from producing the film. Most independent films of this level usually only copy contract form from books such as the screen-writer's manual. Which I have done for some contracts. But it doesn't have a non-SAG contract, and SAG contracts don't have a clause such as I need.
Oh, by the way: I am in central New York state.
Get in touch with these people
. They're based in NYC, so they may not be able to assist you directly, but they might know of lawyers in your area who can help.