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Erin Pearson
Erin Pearson
April 1, 2020

COVID-19 Filmmaker Financial Resources

COVID-19 Filmmaker Financial Resources

With film sets shutting down due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a lot of people are out of work for an undefined amount of time. We have searched and found that a lot of foundations have recognized the financial struggle that filmmakers are facing and they’re doing something about it. [...]

Erin Pearson
Erin Pearson
March 26, 2020

Filmmaking During the COVID-19 Hiatus

Filmmaking During the COVID-19 Hiatus

We are about a week into the government ordered lockdown of California and New York that is supposed to last two weeks, but may extend beyond that as other cities and states are starting to lockdown as they continue to monitor the situation. [...]

Erin Pearson
Erin Pearson
March 19, 2020

Everything you Need to Know About the Director's Guild of America

Everything you Need to Know About the Director's Guild of America

DGA (Director’s Guild of America) is a labor organization that represents the creative and economic rights of directors and other members. [...]

Erin Pearson
Erin Pearson
March 13, 2020

Stay Safe From COVID-19 on Set

Stay Safe From COVID-19 on Set

Some sets have closed down for the time being, but for those that haven't, you may need to provide information to help the studio determine if you have symptoms or if you have been exposed to the virus. [...]

Erin Pearson
Erin Pearson
February 20, 2020

What is the Difference Between Employer and Employee Taxes?

What is the Difference Between Employer and Employee Taxes?

Payroll taxes are taxes paid on wages or salaries that employees have earned, some are paid by both employers and employees. [...]

Erin Pearson
Erin Pearson
February 20, 2020

Understanding Georgia Film, Television and Digital Tax Incentives

Understanding Georgia Film, Television and Digital Tax Incentives

While there are many states who offer film tax incentives, New Mexico and Louisiana shine bright at a total possible 30% and 40%. (However, the base is 25%, and many restrictions and qualifications are applied to get beyond the base.) Georgia rises above other states with a much more simple approach by offering up to 30% without all the qualifications and restrictions. [...]

Erin Pearson
Erin Pearson
February 28, 2020

The Filmmaker's Guide to Coogan Law

The Filmmaker's Guide to Coogan Law

“Jackie” Coogan was a major child star in the 1920s (creating 19 films before his 18th birthday) and raked in an estimated 3-4 million dollars in that time. Unfortunately, for him, under California law at the time, the earnings of the minor belonged solely to the parent. When he was 21 and after his father died, Coogan discovered that he was left with none of his earnings. [...]

Erin Pearson
Erin Pearson
February 20, 2020

How to Understand the New 2020 W-4 Form

How to Understand the New 2020 W-4 Form

The Federal government just reformatted the W-4 form for 2020 with the intention of making it easier. The primary difference is that you don’t use withholding allowances anymore, but dollar amounts when accounting for your dependents. [...]

Erin Pearson
Erin Pearson
January 10, 2019

How to Write a Fantastic Script that Sells

How to Write a Fantastic Script that Sells

Script writing. It’s probably one of my favorite past times: thinking about stories, imagining what they would look like on the big screen, solving plot holes, keeping the audience from guessing where the story is going, inspiring the audience to have new thoughts and feelings. It’s addicting, being on the ground floor of the creative process; being the first one to imagine a story and bring it to life. [...]

Erin Pearson
Erin Pearson
January 10, 2019

How to Raise Money for Film

How to Raise Money for Film

Filmmaking is a unique business. Every film is like a new start up company, designed to disappear in a year, give or take. It’s business and creativity all rolled into one. [...]

Erin Pearson
Bradley DeRuiter
December 19, 2019

The Ultimate Guide to SAG-AFTRA Theatrical Rates 2020

The Ultimate Guide to SAG-AFTRA Theatrical Rates 2020

We wanted to create a sort of one-stop-shop for producers to come and easily find what they need regarding SAG/AFTRA rates. [...]

Erin Pearson
Kevin Yang
December 19, 2019

The 11 BEST Film Production Insurance Companies in Los Angeles

The 11 BEST Film Production Insurance Companies in Los Angeles

Every production needs to buy liability insurance to protect your production. This will protect the film producers from millions of dollars in loss or damage. Insurance provides a variety of coverage ranging from bodily injury to cast and crew to equipment coverage. Here is a guide to the best film production insurance companies in Los Angeles [...]

Erin Pearson
Erin Pearson
December 10, 2019

Is your Production Company AB5 Exempt?

Is your Production Company AB5 Exempt?

With the AB5 bill weeks away from being implemented, in January, we should take a minute to break the ABCs down a little further, checking if your production company is exempt from this law. [...]

Erin Pearson
Erin Pearson
December 3, 2019

EVERYTHING Productions Need to Know About the AB5 Law

EVERYTHING Productions Need to Know About the AB5 Law

A new bill passed in California this year will affect how production companies do business. [...]

Erin Pearson
Erin Pearson
October 16, 2019

How to Pitch your Script

How to Pitch your Script

Whether you are aiming for a low budget YouTube series, a major network series or a blockbuster film produced by the almighty Disney, learning to pitch is imperative. [...]

Erin Pearson
Erin Pearson
October 11, 2019

How to Become a Background Actor

How to Become a Background Actor

Background acting can be a great way to earn an income while getting your “feet wet” in the film industry. [...]

Erin Pearson
Erin Pearson
October 4, 2019

Should You Go to Film School?

Should You Go to Film School?

Let’s set the scene. You have labored over your career choices. You have been pestered by nearly every adult you have come into contact with over the last 2 years: What are you doing after high school?, What are you going to study in college? At long last, you have decided… Film. I want to go into film. [...]

Erin Pearson
Erin Pearson
September 27, 2019

The Basics to Making a Low Budget Film

The Basics to Making a Low Budget Film

Budgets... To the free thinking, creative mind, this word threatens to stifle any and all plotlines. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many advantages of making low budget films. They allow you to tell a unique story that doesn’t have to homogenize itself to hit every global market, instead it can be released to a niche market and have a great effect. The point of low budget filmmaking is not to compete with the big studios. Instead, create for the overlooked markets [...]

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Understanding Georgia Film, Television and Digital Tax Incentives
PAYROLL, TAXES
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