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    Hi everybody!
    We're a small production where now everybody works for free and we're making an indie feature film. We want to conclude an agreement with each crew member if we'll have any profit.
    How to determine the average payment to everybody if our total budget is $100k?
    It's clear that everybody always will want more, but I need minimum amount.
    First of all about:
    1) film editing
    2) script
    3) color correction

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    If everyone is working for free and you want to pay when you make a profit, the budget does not matter anymore, because you need to think of how to split the profit.
    And you can only split the profit you make, so a minimum amount does also not apply.


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    I think that's something you should discuss with the people involved. There are no standard pays on indie films.

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    You're definitely should give some points out to people who help for free.

    That said, if that is how you are going to make a movie then you should set the expectation that NO ONE will see a dollar, ever.

    This way, people do not bet on making a ton of money from selling a movie that no one was paid on.

    Just some thoughts :)


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    Greetings, Tim!

    The advice from Nick Soares is spot-on. I'll add that even if you're going to be paying your cast/crew solely in pizza, beer and deferrments, make sure to contractualize everything so that there are no misunderstandings. Good luck!


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