As an Independent Filmmaker, (a.k.a. the Producer of a/your Project), you will be auditioning an independent Editor for your Project. As an independent the Editor is not an employee, nor partner, nor agent of the Producer and/or of the Production Company.
When the shooting of a Project is completed all the Investors, Producers and Directors have is a series of “takes” or “snippets of film footage”. It is not a completed Project. It is the Film Editor’s obligation to string these snippets of footage together to build the final film. Working with the Director these elements of story must be integrated with dialogue, sound effects, visual effects and music. How dynamic and creative the film becomes and the pace, the rhythm of the film, is determined in the Editing Room. Although much of the Editor’s job is mechanical, it is her/his creativity that is just as important. Film Editing is an Art.
Signing this contract the independent Editor is assigning any and all Rights to their performance over to the Producer.
This Agreement between the independent Editor and the Producer is drafted in plain English that is easy to read and comprehend. This is a four page, thirteen clause legal Agreement. The Agreement may be filled in on your computer or printed out and filled in later.
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 is part of the Director’s Agreement, and part of the Producer’s Agreement.