This chapter takes a closer look at those unions the production manager must deal with most often. It also discusses the process by which the PM may become a union member.

Screen Actors Guild and Screen Extras Guild

As mentioned previously, the below-the-line personnel involved in most low- to medium-budget independent film productions rarely belong to unions. In production centers like Los Angeles, plenty of nonunion personnel are available, and qualified workers are virtually guaranteed. The one union, though, that production companies usually deal with is the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). Members of the Screen Extras Guild (SEG) are represented through the SAG. No law requires production companies to work with union actors, but, ...

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