Overtime Under the Film Agreement

One of the major changes that will take place will be the way that overtime is structured.  As this is of great importance to us all, we thought that we should try to explain it clearly here.

Let's start with the Grace Period.  Grace will go.  Period.  Overtime will start as soon as the camera continues shooting into the first minute after wrap.  Camera overtime will be paid in 15 minute increments and department overtime will be paid in 30 minute increments.  Although currently some (not all) productions pay a full hour, we believe that payment in increments will reduce the amount of overtime worked unnecessarily.  By this we mean, productions won't drag out an hour when they could have completed the shot in 15 minutes, because they know that every quarter of an hour is costing them.  Rather than "we've already paid the hour, lets use it somehow".  

The other major change, will be that overtime will now be based on an individual's hourly rate rather than a flat rate across the board.  Camera overtime will be paid at double your hourly rate and department overtime will be paid at one and a half times your hourly rate.  Your hourly rate will be calculated based on an 11 hour day, taken from our contracted hours.

In essence, anyone earning over £257 a day will have an increased department overtime rate.  There will be a minimum camera overtime rate of £25 and it will be capped at £81.18.  For those earning less than £257 a day, we see this as an even bigger incentive to fight for improved rates.

A 6th consecutive day worked will now be paid at time and a half, for the hours worked, with a minimum of 6 hours guaranteed (a shooting day will always be 10+ hours). A 7th consecutive day worked will be paid at double time, in the same way.  This is not necessarily Saturdays and Sundays but any 6th or 7th day.

The two examples below show what is happening at the moment in the left hand column and how it would work under the new agreement in the right hand column.  They are based on an average daily rate of £270.

 

Example 1 - 10 hour cwd based on 1 hour prep and 1 hour wrap and no camera overtime

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On the left (current practice):

  • Start work at 7am, the first hour is included in the daily rate.
  • Start getting paid from 8am until 6pm at a daily rate of £270.
  • Camera runs into grace, this is worked for free.
  • Daily wraps for one hour, on many productions this is worked for free.

 

 

 

Total money earned: £270

Total hours worked: 12.15

On the right (if agreement is voted in):

  • Start work at 7am, the first half hour is department overtime, paid at T1.5
  • From 7.30-8am, this is the "given" prep time and is included in the daily rate
  • 8am-6pm is paid at the daily rate of £270.
  • The camera runs over 15 minutes, this is now camera overtime (previously grace). 15 minutes camera overtime, paid at T2
  • Wrap for one hour, the first half hour is the "given" wrap and is included in the daily rate.  The second half hour is department overtime and is paid at T1.5

Total money earned: £319.09

Total hours worked: 12.15

 

Example 2 - 10 hour cwd based on 1 hour prep and wrap with 1 hour camera overtime

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On the left:

  • Daily starts at 7am, the first hour is prep and is included in the daily rate.
  • Start getting paid at 8am-6pm at the daily rate of £270.
  • The camera runs into overtime, this is paid at £50.00
  • Wrap for one hour from 7pm-8pm.  On some productions this is paid at £35, on others, the producers will argue that this is the "given" wrap time and is not paid at all.

 

 

Total money earned: £355 OR £320

Total hours worked: 13 hours

On the right:

  • Daily starts at 7am, the first half an hour is paid at T1.5.
  • 7.30am-8am is the "given" prep time and is included in the daily rate.
  • 8am-6pm is worked at the daily rate of £270.
  • The camera runs into overtime and this is paid at T2.
  • Wrap for one hour from 7pm-8pm.  This is paid at T1.5.  The included half hour wrap has gone, because once you are into overtime, you are into overtime.

 

Total money earned £374.51

Total hours worked: 13 hours

 

example 3 - 6th days in workshops/workrooms

For workshops, most days are a little more straight forward with the daily rate divided by 11 hours and any overtime is paid incrementally, at T1.5.  

6th days are paid at T1.5, for the hours worked only, but with a guaranteed minimum pay of 6 hours.  The example below is based on a 6th day rate and 9 hours having been worked.

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  • If your daily rate is £250 and you work 9 hours on a 6th day, you will earn £306.81
  • If your daily rate is £260 and you work 9 hours on a 6th day, you will earn £319.09
  • If your daily rate is £270 and you work 9 hours on a 6th day, you will earn £331.36
  • If your daily rate is £280 and you work 9 hours on a 6th day, you will earn £343.63

If you work a longer day, you will earn more.

A broken turnaround will be paid at T1.5 and will be capped at £45 an hour.

 

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