The Independent Filmmaker is often the Producer also. Generally the Independent Filmmaker must do the job of two producers.
The “Executive Producer” is the dealmaker, the financier. In an independent film the Investor is often the Executive Producer. On the set or on location the Executive Producer is watching the shooting schedule, the budget and the money.
The Line Producer is in charge of logistics for the shoot. The Line Producer will hire the crew, order supplies, and equipment and make sure the director has everything she/he needs to make the Project progress smoothly. During production, a Line Producer will work on one film at a time.
We regularly receive feedback that we have successfully drafted our filmmaker contracts to be as complete as possible for all legal situations. However, should you experience a unique personal situation requiring the drafting of a special clause, please contact us at your convenience. Otherwise, you may be obliged to find a local entertainment lawyer experienced in the film making industry who will draft any and all other clauses for your Project’s unique situation or circumstance.
This Agreement between the independent Investor and the Producer is drafted in plain English that is easy to read and comprehend. This is a seven page, twenty-three clause Agreement. The Agreement may be filled in on your computer or printed out and filled in later.
This agreement is part of the Producer’s Deal, and the Investor’s Deal.
Producer Name: ____________________________________________
Investor(s) Name: _______________________________________________
Investor(s) Company: ______________________________________________
Project Name: __________________________________________________
Project Genre: _________________________________________________
(film, music video, stage production, game show, etc)
Herein this Agreement the independent Filmmaker is called the “Producer”.
This Agreement is entered into with reference to the following facts:
(i) The above named and below signed Investor(s) intends to Finance and Produce the above named Project.
(II) The Investor(s) wishes to utilize the services of the above named and below signed Producer as a “Producer” in connection with the Project production and delivery of the above named Project upon the terms and conditions herein contained.
ACCORDINGLY, IT IS AGREED AS FOLLOWS:
1. Subject to events of force majeure, default, or the disability or death of Producer, Investor(s) hereby engages the services of Producer, and Producer agrees to render exclusive services as a producer, in connection with the production of the Project upon the terms and conditions herein contained. Subject to Investor(s)’s final approval, Producer shall supervise the testing of persons proposed for the cast, scouting for shooting locations, assembling the crew, the supervision of the photography of the Project, assisting in the supervision of the editing, and sound mixing, assisting in the selection of music, assisting in the supervision of the final dubbing and scoring, the supervision of all other post-production requirements of the Project, the delivery of the final answer print and all other customary delivery items to Investor(s) and its principal distributors, foreign and domestic, and perform such other services as are reasonably required by Investor(s) and are usually and customarily performed by producers in the Project industry. Producer will report to such place(s) as are reasonably designated by Investor(s), and will be available at all times and for such periods of time as are reasonably designated by Investor(s). Producer will advise Investor(s) of Producer’s whereabouts so that Producer may be reached at any reasonable hour of the night or day. During the term of employment, Producer will render his services at all places and at all times reasonably required by Investor(s), including nights, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
2. Producer shall render the services required of him as set forth in paragraph 1 hereof during the period commencing on _____________________, 20 ____ and continuing thereafter for such time as pre-production, production of the Project, and customary post-production and delivery of the Project as required by Investor(s). It is contemplated that principal photography of the Project will commence approximately on . . . (continued)