Utah Filmmakers™ Resource

About Forms & Templates
Filmmaking is a
Professional artform

About Filmmaking

Regardless of the scope of your film or series, the number of cast and crew members you have, or the size of your budget, approach every production as if it has the potential to be sold to a major distributor and to reach the widest audience possible.

Never start by thinking, “This is just a student project,” or “This is only a short.” You’re making a film. Treat it as professional filmmakers treat their films: seriously.

It’s never too early in anyone's career to get into the habit of doing one's due diligence and getting all of one's business ducks in a row before starting production. To quote Utah Filmmaker™ , Ryan Templeman:

“Knowing the business side of filmmaking doesn't make you any less of an artist. It makes you a reliable resource for those who want to do business (i.e. make art) with you.”

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Wages and Rates

"It’s okay to not be in it for the money but you need to be in it for a living."

Working on a film—In front of and behind the camera—is no different from working at any other job in that it demands the time and labor of individuals. The relationship between the producer(s) of a film and the cast and crew needed to complete it is one of employment. Federal law requires that anyone who is employed to provide a service must be compensated by their employer.

Film work is still work

There are several variations of the employment relationship—principally defined by tax laws—and every one of them can be implemented at all levels within a single film production. Compensation can take various forms as well but, generally speaking, it's a wage and the federal government has defined an hourly minimum that employers can legally pay their workers. It can also be seen as the lowest price for which a worker can legally sell their labor.

Standard Rates
  • Performers
  • Crew Members (Coming soon)
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    Forms and Templates

    "Until the contract is signed, nothing is real."
    —Glenn Danzig

    The forms * provided by Utah Filmmakers™ are formatted as fillable PDF documents—with the exception of signature fields which can be signed digitally on a computer or tablet—and can be printed before signing.

    The documents are available for purchase through Gumroad.com which allows users to set their own price, paying an amount that they feel is fair for what they are getting. With a few exceptions, most of the documents have a minimum price of $1+. Proceeds go to the Utah Filmmakers™ Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

    * Use of materials provided by Utah Filmmakers™ indicates that the user has read and understands our disclaimer.

    † These forms and/or templates are presently in development.


    About Filmmaking

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