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The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers, 2nd Edition by Thomas A. Crowell

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16CREW SERVICES AGREEMENT

In contrast to the above-the-line contracts, below-the-line contracts tend not to be as heavily negotiated. Accordingly, many production companies tend to work with deal memos rather than long form contracts when hiring crew members. This approach has the advantage of simplicity—a fill-in-the-blank approach favored by time-strapped producers.

The downside is that many deals are not as “one size fits all” as producers would like to believe. For instance, a cinematographer who is hired on the condition that he comes with his own camera requires additional provisions in his contract concerning insurance and equipment damage, as opposed to a gaffer who will be working with the equipment supplied him by the production company. ...

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