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  • Name of Project
  • Start and End Dates (Term of Agreement)
  • Services Rendered
    • Pre-production
    • Principal photography
    • Post-production
    • Supervise re-writes
    • Location Search
    • Assist Producer
    • Budget
  • Exclusive During Principal Photography
  • Post Production
    • Exclusive or Non-Exclusive
    • Cooperate with Editor
    • Final Cut Rights
    • Retakes, changes, dubs, added scenes, trailers, soundtrack other languages
    • days and dates available
    • how many required
  • Compensation
    • Fixed
    • When Paid
    • Flat Fee alternative
    • Deferred
    • Contingent (Back-End) profit participation
      • net or gross
      • how is "net" defined
    • Conditions Precedent
    • Pay or Play
    • When Compensation is vested
  • Credits
    • where
    • size of type
  • Expenses
    • Airfare
    • Lodging
    • Living Expenses
    • Food
    • Verification of Expenses/Vouchers and Receipts
  • Name and Likeness Consent
  • Publicity Restrictions
  • Director's Incapacity Issues
    • when can Production Company Terminate
    • Right of examination
  • Insurance on Director's Life
  • Remake and Sequel Rights
    • First Refusals
      • Theatrical Remakes or Sequels
      • Television Remakes or Sequels
  • Approvals
    • cast, budget, schedules, screenplay, locations, editor, titles,
  • Selections
    • which personnel may director hire
    • restrictions on salaries to these individuals
    • consents of Production Company
  • Changes to Screenplay and Schedules
  • Creative Control
  • Advertising and Distribution Consultation Rights
  • Final Cut
    • who has
    • running time limitations
    • rating goal
    • cover shots
    • censorship cuts
    • director's cut vs. studio cut
    • dubbing
  • Dailies
    • Production Company has right to view
  • Television Cover Shots
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