ActorsMinimumWage has decided to enter the business of finding jobs for actors! The only hitch is that these jobs are advertised as unpaid or underpaid. You will have to take the company to tribunal to get your wages.
Of course there is nothing illegal in doing this. In fact, it’s becoming quite a trend. Actors, technicians, interns are all winning legal cases and financial remuneration for claimants (see recent AMW article). You probably won’t even have to fight your case at tribunal. Most employers just pay out the wages to avoid going to tribunal. Many others don’t even show up. Equity will also support you in your claim, if they feel the case is winnable.
Oh, and why not use the share buttons to tell your acting friends about this ‘unmissable opportunity’ via facebook and twitter?
The Job: They Want You (Feature Film)
The Employer: Marfotech
Why they are not exempt: No Charity production company,so no section 44 exemption to NMW. The roles they are advertising for would be classed as work- so no volunteer exemption. This clearly looks like work that should pay. In fact any ‘deferred payment’ production carries the essence of a contract, meaning the NMW is due.
Their advert: Payment is on a lo/no/deferred basis.
Director: Guy Mannerings.
The first thing you should know is that this will be shot mostly in deep woodland and will be a guerilla-type film. However, because of the late-night shooting, I expect that we will only be doing 5 hour days in order to allow everyone to get sleep and work other jobs as well (likely 9pm – 2am for the night shoots). The film could be done in one week with longer days but I feel shorter oneswould be more beneficial to everyone involved. In summary, expect it to be bare-bones film-making but also a caring set.
That being said this will be as far from an amateur production.
As you will likely know, payment talk can be a tricky subject for independent films, I want to make a film that is extremely collaborative and I would ideally like to work with people who will be willing to waive any expenses they can in order to take a percentage in the film’s profits so everyone can gain from it monetarily and personally. However, if someone cannot waive their expenses for whatever reason then they will simply not have a percentage in the film’s profits. I think that is the fairest way of doing things although I am of course happy to discuss different options with people.
This will be as professional a film as I can make it and everyone on set will be valued highly. Can I also confirm where you are based and if you have access to a car to get to and from High Wycombe?
Apply to: Paul Craig / Guy Mannerings, 70 Regal Way, Kenton, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 0RY