I do not agree when you say that the responsible way to negotiate with the parties is that there are about 500-2000 film schools media schools that you give to almost every school giving a camera to a student and expects them to continue. It is simply unrealistic to expect every local branch of Equity to trade locally. >>>I think we need to be realistic and understand that most of Mejia`s students are students and don`t go everywhere. The only students who will probably have some kind of film career are those from committed film schools that have a proven track record. The support of the next generation and the possibility of leaving talent broken is not really the point where it is simply a third semester project as part of a “Mejia” course. >>> interviews with the HMRC NMW NMW enforcement unit indicate that student films are covered by the NMW and, in fact, the National Film and Television School has the rates, which it has negotiated with Equity, revised to reflect this. However, there has been a problem with the charitable status of most film schools, which Hmrc lawyers are currently dealing with. Once this is clarified, Equity will contact film schools to inform them of their legal obligations related to the NMW, provided that their charitable status does not mean that it is not applicable to them. But in Bradford, they pay $100 a day for filming and rehearsal.
I guess it would be very easy to tackle this problem by throwing the actor the real cost of burning a copy of the DVD for them (i.e. peanuts) in height. If the actor was also paid (even at low prices), then the actors would generally be in a much better position than they currently are. It could also help to get copies of the film (which I know is sometimes a sensitive subject), because it would be a transaction and not a favor. Just a thought. It would be interesting to see if universities offering film courses would accept this approach from Equity. Have we tried anywhere besides Leed`s branch? It seems to be working, and I would enjoy it in London, as I think most actors would. >>>I don`t agree, the vast majority are not film schools, they are media studies or print courses, and I don`t take pity on them if they don`t have a budget, they have budgets to pay for all other qualified professionals who come into contact with their students, including tutors and cleaning staff. Most students don`t even learn to budget. Regarding the quality product, if you read the sobbing stories on this page, I cannot agree with the fact that they are launching quality products (with the exception of committed film schools) >>>>> What policy equity will follow with regard to film schools with regard to NMW, will have to wait until the “problem of charity” is resolved.