I'm relatively a new steadi-operator, been operating for little over a year on rented/borrowed gear. Recently purchased my whole kit and went straight to work (thankfully).
Most of my work so far has been for a handful of repeat solid clients(well paid). I've been dealing with them for so long that we just mainly work out a deal on the phone and then I just invoice them.
But now that I have my own rig, am out in the jungle searching for work. Since my recent purchase pretty much cleaned up my bank account, I've accepted a low paying indie movie (red) for the next 2 weeks. Literally have to pay my rent! Luckily I was able to buy my rig in cash so I don't have any loan payments to make. Also have some things lined up so I don't plan on making this a frequent occurrence, life too short and my gear too expensive to work for peanuts. They just called at the right time.
So I feel like I want them to sign some sort of business/deal memo before we start. Something that set out terms of the service....3-day week (no pro-rating), cancellation terms (within 24hrs/24-48hrs etc), The rate, overtime, damage info....etc...
Would any of you be willing to email me what you have production sign if anything before you start a job?
What are some things to MAKE sure to be included in such a document?
Usually their deal memo is covering their ass, I wanted them to sign something to cover mine ass and address my concerns.
I guess since this is the first low budget job I've ever taken I'm understandably worried. Especially when they said payment will be made at the end of shooting...usually I'm used to getting paid on a weekly basis so...just looking to be professional and do my part and get some stuff in writing because talk is cheap and doesn't hold up in court but contracts usually do.
Thanks in advance for any help,
Edited by Pedro_Guimaraes, 15 July 2010 - 08:11 PM.