Spotlight: Actors, Filmmakers, and SAG-AFTRA

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The concept of working with unions can strike fear into an indie filmmaker’s heart, fears like: It’s complicated to make a union film. I’ll never understand the rules. I can’t afford it. Your project deserves professional actors to bring it to life and going union is how you’re going to sign them.

Enter Jessica Johnson from SAG-AFTRA, here to take all your worries away and help you understand how to work with the union for the very best outcome for your project, your crew and your actors. Plus, Brianna Ancel, VP of Clear Talent Group, will add insights into engaging top talent.

Join Jessica as she demystifies SAG-AFTRA for you and helps you take advantage of all the resources and education out there for filmmakers who want to create a professional product to compete in the most competitive professional landscape.

Topics include: Becoming a signatory, types of contracts, how to work with multi-credited performers, attracting top talent through agents and affordable casting directors, Taft Hartley and how to work with residuals and audits.

When you enroll in this Spotlight Course, you’ll get:

  • Instant access to video and course guide 
  • 1 group live session with a MediaU expert 
  • Access to unique Message Board

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