LMU is not a signatory to the Screen Actors Guild contract – nor are you required to sign a SAG contract to make your student films. You can use union or non-union actors in your projects. Nonetheless, as aspiring filmmakers you should treat your actors with respect and professional courtesy. You do not have to sign a SAG agreement or waiver. A SAG agreement obligates you to pay your actors at scale (current scale) and royalties if the film is ever released commercially.

The bottom line is that the contract is not required. The University’s position and recommendation is that you should not enter in this agreement. If an actor won’t work without it, we recommend finding another actor. 

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