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#1 Dean Smollar

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 03:42 PM

I need to write up a new deal memo, since it's probably time I make mine more professional. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions of what to make sure is in there besides the basics (dates of employment, rates, gear protection). Things like rights to use footage in demo reels, notices of cancellation, etc. I just know that there are a lot of important things that I'm not going to think of, and 90% of the contracts I sign don't cover owner/operator related issues.

Also, if anyone would be willing to send me examples, I would be grateful. DRSmollar@gmail.com
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#2 Zachary Clevenger

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:40 PM

I'm a new owner/op myself and the legal side of working as a steadicam op has me perplexed as well. So in regards to Dean's post if anyone has some helpful hints I would be eager to learn them as well. Thanks.
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#3 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:35 PM

I'm always happy to to share my Deal Memo; it's simple, to the point and a single page. Email me and I'll send you one when I've got some time next week.

Actually, I have an iPad App I developed that creates my Deal Memos, Rental Agreements, Production Proposals and Equipment Inventory. Makes the PDF and opens the email to send the whole thing. I've been working with it almost exclusively for 14 months now. When I get time I'll put into Beta testing with some of my Steadicam clients who've taken my business workshop and then maybe for sale. Don't expect it to be a $4.99 app though.

For now I'm happy to share the Deal Memo for free.

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#4 Nick Muller

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 03:11 AM

I'm really digging through the threads with this one but..
If you're still happy to share your memo terms Robert, would you mind sending me a copy??
Or if there is any news on the app? I'm writing one up and would love to see some examples..

Many thanks,

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