What is SAG-AFTRA?
SAG-AFTRA is the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which is a combined union dedicated to protecting media artists. They include actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, dj’s, news writers, news directors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals.
If you plan on making a SAG-AFTRA Film, meaning you will be hiring members of the union, you will need to become a SAG-AFTRA signatory and conform to the requirements of SAG-AFTRA, including paying minimum amounts to its members in your film, executing various legal documents, putting the actors on payroll and submitting certain forms pre- and post-production. There are different requirements depending on the type of film you plan on making (i.e. theatrical, low budget, modified low budget, ultra low budget, student film or short film). For more information and to obtain the appropriate signatory package, you can visit http://www.sagaftra.org.
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