Here’s everything you need to know to get a SAG actor on the set of your non-union production!Top image from IMDbFirst, before we get started, let’s make sure everyone knows exactly what SAG is. If this word isn’t new to you, then know that it stands for the Screen Actors Guild. This is the official labor union for working professional actors. Much like the Directors Guild of America (DGA) or the Producers Guild of America (PGA), SAG offers its members collective bargaining services such as compensation, benefits, and working condition stipulations.Whenever I’m directing a film, whether it’s fictional or a documentary with reenactments, I meet with actors to play roles for the parts I need. For the longest time, I never worked with SAG actors. I would instead try to find my talent from a pool of stage actors. And let me say, some of the stage talent I’ve worked with over the years are incredibly skilled at their craft — sometimes more so than the “professionals”.However, that great stage talent joined SAG, which forced me to learn how to handle the details of working with the union. So, I’m going to impart to you the tips I’ve learned. Hopefully it gives you a leg up on securing the talent for your next project.1. Hire a Casting Director.Image from StarWars.comAs the director and creative leader of the project, you already have enough on your plate. So, hire a casting director to gather talent and make the phone calls. This was the single biggest move I’ve made in securing talent. While you can do all of this yourself (and believe me, I’ve done it), having a dedicated person to find talent is tremendously helpful. It frees you up to focus your energy on preparing for principle photography.2. Take advantage of SAG’s agreements.Before I started using SAG actors I thought they would be way too pricy for me to ever use in my micro-budget films. And then some of the actors I wanted to work with didn’t know for sure if they could work on non-union projects. What did I find out after talking with a few Agents? Yes, they can work on non-union projects. And, no. SAG actors aren’t always pricy.SAG has done a great job of diversifying their agreements for student, documentary, experimental, and short narrative films. The rates for each are actually really reasonable. Plus, there’s also the possibility that the actor will wave their rate. But, if they do this, be sure to pick up the tab in other areas.3. Utilize the SAG online system.Image from SAG-AFTRAOne great thing about SAG is that they have a great online system. When you go to the SAG website, you can head over to the Production Center, which has every piece of information you need for signing a SAG actor to your project. When you register, you can then set up applications and agreements for your production. By doing this you make things easier on yourself and your potential actors, because now all agreements can be done quickly through the online system.*Note that you can sign-up for SAG Online as an individual or as a production company.4. Communicate directly through agents.Image from IMDbProfessional actors (especially SAG) are always represented by one of the many talent agencies. When you have a particular actor in mind for your production, find out which talent agency represents them. You can use a site like IMDB Pro to gain this information.Once you have the agency and the agent contact info, you’ll want to give them a shout and speak to them about their client. This is where we move to the next step, also known as The Most Important Step.Here are a few of the top tier talent agencies in the country: CAA, UTA, Gersh, Paradigm, and Mary Collins5. Be able to sell yourself and your idea.So, now that you know about SAG. You know how easy it is to get rates and agreements. You’ve contacted the agent. Now you’re ready to take The Most Important Step. Now you have to effectively sell yourself as a director and sell your creative idea. Remember that this is a key component for your career, regardless of whether you’re working with stage actors or SAG actors.If you can effectively sell yourself and your idea, the chances of you garnering SAG talent increases tenfold. Also, the chance of landing big-name talent increases exponentially as well. So, reach out to actors and gauge their interest. Sell them on your idea. If you can do that, then you need to move onto the next step.6. Don’t be afraid to reach out to next level talentImage from IMDbAs I briefly mentioned above, if you can effectively pitch yourself and your idea to people, then you have a good chance of landing top shelf talent. What you’ll find in this business is that actors love to act and many times they’ll jump on smaller projects in between the big gigs. One great example is Scarlett Johansson joining the cast of the sci-fi art film Under the Skin in between her Avengers commitments. Or, even better, Michael Fassbender taking the title role in Frank. So, as you can see, this is not anything new. In fact, Variety, Filmmaker Magazine, Moviefone, and even our very own Noam Kroll have reported that getting top-end talent to join your film isn’t as hard as you may think.My last bit of advice is to take chances when it comes to securing talent. The worst thing they’ll say is no, and at that point you’re no worse off than you were before.Want to read more about the ins and outs of filmmaking? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat.4 Iconic Editing TechniquesFilmmaking Tip – Shooting Night Exteriors on a BudgetHow to Adapt Your Feature Idea Into a Short FilmDid this information help you as you go into your next project? Do you have any other advice to securing SAG talent? Share in the comments below!
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sagicor, Christopher Zacca, is to chair a team to assist the Government and the Board of Petrojam to determine the strategic direction of the company.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the disclosure when he addressed the House of Representatives on July 10.“There is urgent need for a review, even more so when the organisation is losing focus and straying from the policy guidelines and placing public funds at risk,” Mr. Holness said.The Prime Minister emphasised that the Government cannot sit idly by “and allow this to happen”.“The Government must act, and we are acting to ensure that Petrojam can have a good solid future for the people of Jamaica,” he said.Among the factors that give rise to the need for this review are the non-cooperation of the Venezuelan partners to enable the start of the infrastructural upgrade, the effects of sanctions imposed by the United States on those who trade with Venezuela, and the quest for advantages from the penetration of renewables.The Prime Minister noted that the review will also assist in organisational restructuring to enable the entity to realise the plans cast.“I have already had discussions with Mr. Zacca… and consultations are under way with a view to the appointment of other qualified professionals to serve on the team. The terms of reference will be finalised in short order, and I expect to be in a position to announce the full members of this committee by the next sitting of Parliament,” he said.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness said the Government, by its actions, is showing its concern about the serious allegations made and has engaged a process that is designed to establish facts in the haystack of allegations.“Whatever we are able to verify with our limited powers of investigation and discovery, we have acted upon them and we have kept the public informed of our actions,” he said.“This Government is serious about building a culture of accountability. Accountability is a spectrum of actions starting with an agent (the Cabinet, the main agent of policy) reporting to a principal of authority (the Parliament from which government is drawn),” Mr Holness said.The Prime Minister also informed that the Auditor General will deliver her report to Parliament in short order. President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sagicor, Christopher Zacca, is to chair a team to assist the Government and the Board of Petrojam to determine the strategic direction of the company. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the disclosure when he addressed the House of Representatives on July 10. “There is urgent need for a review, even more so when the organisation is losing focus and straying from the policy guidelines and placing public funds at risk,” Mr. Holness said. Story Highlights
EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says while other western premiers meeting in Yellowknife will be talking about how to spend money, she’ll be working in Alberta figuring out how to earn it.Notley says she is not attending the meeting on Wednesday because her time is better spent making sure the Trans Mountain pipeline project goes ahead.She says Alberta needs to be able to pay for important programs to be discussed at the meeting such as pharmacare. She says it’s not business as usual because B.C. Premier John Horgan is trying to shut down the pipeline and take $15 billion out of the Canadian economy.This is about more than a pipeline.It’s about our country’s ???????? ability to create jobs and attract investment.We have to show that we can make decisions that respect the rule of law, that we can get things done, and @KeepCanWorking.#ConfidenceinCanada #ableg #abpoli #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/d61R7xXpPX— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) May 22, 2018She says it might be worth going to the meeting to chastise Horgan if a decision on Trans Mountain were still a long way off, but the deadline is too close now for her to do that.Owner Kinder Morgan has set May 31 as the date by which it needs to have enough certainty to proceed with the pipeline’s expansion.Alberta sees the pipeline as key to moving bitumen from the province to the coast and from there to lucrative overseas markets.
Kolkata: More than one crore voters in over eight Lok Sabha constituencies will exercise their franchise on April 29.Canvassing reached a peak over the past couple of days including big rallies, road shows, street corner meetings and last minute door-to-door contact with voters in Berhampore, Ranaghat, Krishnanagar, Burdwan East, Burdwan-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur (SC) and Birbhum, before coming to an end at 6 pm. Of these eight seats, Congress and BJP have one seat each. In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Adhir Chowdhury and Babul Supriyo were elected from Berhampore and Asansol respectively. The remaining six seats had been won by the Trinamool Congress in the 2014 elections. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn Berhampore, the Trinamool has fielded Apurba Sarkar, a close aide of Adhir Chowdhury. In the past four years, the TMC has made inroads in Murshidabad which is believed to be a Congress stronghold. Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, is looking after Murshidabad district on behalf of the party. He has organised the party and in 2018 Panchayat elections, the Trinamool has got control over the Zilla Parishad. In Krishnanagar seat, the Trinamool has fielded Mahua Moitra, the party’s MLA from Karimpur. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn Ranaghat, the Trinamool Congress supremo replaced Tapas Mondol, party’s candidate who was elected in 2014 with Rupali Biswas. The latter is the widow of Satyajit Biswas, the party’s MLA from Krishnagunj, who was murdered in February this year. In Asansol, Trinamool MP from Bankura Moon Moon Sen is contesting in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Her rival is Babul Supriyo, the sitting BJP MP. In Burdwan East and Burdwan-Durgapur seats, the Trinamool has fielded two sittings MPs, Sunil Mondol and Mumtaz Sanghamita respectively. Asit Mal is TMC’s nominee in Bolpur (SC) seat. The former MP Anupam Hazra was expelled from the party and he is contesting from Jadavpur seat. Shatabdi Roy is contesting from Birbhum Lok Sabha seat with Trinamool’s ticket. Mamata Banerjee has campaigned in all the eight seats and took part in road shows which had attracted thousands of people. Political experts said in the eight seats where election will be held on April 29, the Trinamool Congress is likely to gain the Asansol seat. Trinamool workers are burying hatchets and are campaigning for Moon Moon Sen. Besides door-to-door campaigns, Sen has addressed meetings of the workers and visited the villages. Malay Ghatak, state Law minister, said party workers are leaving no stones unturned to ensure her victory.
New Delhi: The ED has attached a Delhi farmhouse worth Rs 1.94 crore of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala under provisions of PMLA in a disproportionate assets case, the agency said on Friday.The Enforcement Directorate had initiated its investigation based on a disproportionate assets case registered by the CBI, where the former CM had allegedly amassed over Rs 6 crore in assets, disproportionate to his known sources of income. The CBI investigation in the case revealed that between 1993 and 2006, in addition to Chautala himself, his sons Abhay Singh Chautala and Ajay Singh Chautala also continued to gather assets to the tune of Rs 119.6 crore and Rs 27.7 crore respectively, which was disproportionate to their known sources of income. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe ED said that its investigation further revealed that Chautala had acquired properties in New Delhi and Panchkula and also constructed a residential home in Sirsa, Haryana with money received from undisclosed sources. The agency has further accused Chautala of being directly involved in the acquisitions and that he had publicly presented these properties as untainted while declaring them in his election affidavit for Haryana Assembly elections in 2005 and 2009. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadWith this latest attachment, the ED has successfully attached Chautala’s properties amounting to the total proceeds of crime in the case. In April this year, the ED had attached properties worth Rs 3.68 crore belonging Chautala in Delhi, Panchkula, and Sirsa, whereas, in 2013, the agency had attached another of Chautala’s properties. The agency had filed the first chargesheet in the case against the former Haryana CM in July 2017 and this year filed a supplementary chargesheet. Chautala and his son Ajay are currently serving a 10-year jail term in a teacher-recruitment scam. The father-son duo was convicted by a trial court along with 53 others, including two IAS officers. While the Chautalas had appealed the trial court verdict twice, the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court of India had both upheld the trial court’s conviction in the case.
Casablanca- What could be the most undesirable occurrence on the first day of a fresh year? Indeed, someone’s death! A violent fight erupted between two young men on the first day of January, and resulted in the death of one of them after he received a deadly stab from the other. The victim, 24, lost his life at Bani Mekada neighborhood in Tangier, in a fight against another young man who is now still on the run. Investigations are ongoing to find the suspect, who vanished from all sights right after committing his crime.Residents of Bani Mekada neighborhood in Tangier were shocked at the sight of the dead man’s body on the first day of 2014—the last thing you’d want to see after being wished a Happy New Year. “My wish for this New Year is to see more security prevail in our cities and see the government give harsher jail sentences to all criminals,” a student from Casablanca’s Ain Chok university told MWN.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Ohio State fans wait for the Buckeyes to arrive at Ross-Ade Stadium for the game against Purdue on Oct. 20. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes faced off against Purdue on Oct. 20 in Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes lost 49-20, making their overall record 7-1. Photos by Casey Cascaldo.
Maurizio Sarri expects to be named new Chelsea boss next week on £5.6m-a-year contract as Antonio Conte sacking saga nears a conclusion, according to Daily Mail.Sarri is expecting to take over as Manager at Stamford Bridge by next week as the former Napoli boss has been linked with a move to London all summer to replace his compatriot Antonio Conte.The delay in the move is thought to be an overall compensation package, with current blues boss and his current staff demanding their complete compensation before they leave the club.The uncertainty regarding the managerial position at the club has seen a lack of summer additions so far, with a host of players being with moves away.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Sources close to Sarri, say they expect the Italian who led Napoli to a second-place finish in the Serie A last season to take over from Conte next week. He is expected to sign a new three-year deal worth around £5.6million at Chelsea.With the current situation surrounding the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich as he has been denied Visa to enter the UK. Marina Granovskaia has been in charge off talks regarding Antonio Conte’s future and those of the players.She expects the situation to be resolved next week.
Former Arsenal midfielder Edu is looking forward to returning to familiar surroundings ahead of Brazil’s game with UruguayThe two South American sides will play each other at the Emirates Stadium on November 16 as part of the Brasil Global Tour.Edu, who now works as Brazil’s technical coordinator, can’t wait for the occasion and stated his belief that the Emirates is now a world-class venue, which can host the best sporting events“It will be a great pleasure to go back to the Emirates, a stadium that’s home to a club I’m really fond of,” said Edu, according to Islington Gazette.“I had the opportunity to play for many years with Arsenal and win some important titles.“So, without a doubt, it will be a pleasure to see the red and white colours of Arsenal again in a stadium that is increasingly becoming more important in the world. It’s not the first time we (Brazil) are playing there.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Edu made 79 appearances for Arsenal in a four-year stay and was a member of the famous “Invincibles” team that went the entire 2003/04 Premier League unbeaten.The former Valencia and Corinthians midfielder, who also managed 15 caps for Brazil, has many fond memories of Arsenal.“It will be a great pleasure. I remember well that I played my last game alongside great friends like Dennis Bergkamp and other great athletes that were a part of Arsenal’s history,” said Edu.“And just as I said earlier it will be a great pleasure to come back again now with the Brazilian team.“It will be a great honour and I will certainly remember the great moments I had with Arsenal’s supporters, and most of all at the Emirates stadium and at Highbury too.“I am waiting for you all on the 16th, Brazil – Uruguay. It will be a pleasure and an honour to see you all again.”