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FIND ANSWERS: BREACHING THE DIRECTOR’S GUILD
« on: April 26, 2015, 10:36:39 PM »
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I’m directing a $1MM movie.  How do I join the Directors Guild of America?
A film with a $1MM is considered to be a low-budget movie by the DGA.  In order for the director to join the DGA, the production company must become a signatory to the DGA’s Basic Agreement and to the specific Low Budget Sideletter which corresponds to the production’s budget range.  The director must then submit a complete application that includes a resume, biography, and endorsements from three current DGA members who are directors.  Applications for membership are submitted to the Director’s Council upon submission of a completed application form and payment of the requisite initiation fee.  Membership in the DGA must then be approved by the Council.  Initiation fees are determined by the classification of the project on which you are working.  For directors of Low Budget films (films under $9.5MM), the initiation fee is currently $3,500.  For more information see DGA website.
 
What are the benefits of joining the Directors Guild of America?
There are many benefits of joining the DGA, including:
Eligibility to be nominated for Guild awards
Contractual protections including minimum salaries, residual payments, and creative rights
Pension and health plans upon qualification
Collective strength in the bargaining process
Procedures for determining credit
Grievance and arbitration procedures for resolution of disputes
Education opportunities
 
What is the minimum I must be paid as a DGA member directing a $1MM movie?
For films with budgets less than $2,570,000, the DGA states that there is no minimum fee and allows for compensation to be subject to negotiation between the director and employer.  So, you could be paid $10 or $100,000 as a director’s fee, depending on the deal you make with the production.  However, if the budget of the film is greater than $2,570,000, the DGA stipulates minimums based upon the range in which a production’s budget falls.  For example, the minimum director fee for films budgeted between $2,570,000 and $3,605,000 is $75,000.