Director of Photography Employment Agreement

If you are offered a chance to be hired as a Director of Photography for a feature film project you must be aware of the major deal points of a Director of Photography Employment Agreement.  It is also extremely important that you hire an experienced entertainment attorney to negotiate your Director of Photography Employment Agreement for you and to review all drafts of it to make sure your rights are protected.

The major deal points of a Director of Photography Employment Agreement include but are not limited to services provided; term of employment; on-screen credit; compensation; transportation and other travel expenses; dailies, and choice of crew and equipment.

  • Services Provided:  Services customarily provided by a Director of Photography.
  • Term of Employment:  Start date of preparation; start date of principal photography; and guarantee of number of weeks of employment.
  • On-Screen Credit:  Form of credit; placement of credit; and size of credit.
  • Compensation:  Amount of weekly rate; amount of additional or overtime rates;; payment for travel time; and other compensation.
  • Transportation and other Travel Expenses: First class air, amount of living allowance in excess of meals provided; ground transportation and other expenses.
  • Dailies:  Availability of dailies to screen.
  • Choice of Crew and Equipment: Approval rights concerning of crew and camera equipment.

This is just a basic introduction to a Director of Photography Employment Agreement.  Again, if you are offered a job as a Director of Photography it is crucial that you hire an experienced entertainment attorney to represent you in the negotiation and drafting/review of your Director of Photography Employment Agreement.  Contact attorney Richard Freiman at (818) 378-3530 or via the form on the right for a free consultation.