No you don't have to use 40 year old cousin Petey for you next low, okay, ultra low budget film to play the teen male and female lead characters. Though we do appreciate his willingness to be a trooper, and yes grandma often brags about his 5th grade performance as an onion, it would be awesome to get someone who at least look the part. But the budget says no and cousin Petey thinks this will be his breakthrough moment. Well guess what? All hope is not lost.
Chicago is offering a one day workshop called Working with Professional Performers on your ULTRA LOW BUDGET Feature Film and Short Films
. It gives you information on a contract covered under SAG-AFTRA called the SAG-AFTRA Ultra Low Budget Agreement for feature films made for under $200,000 and for those who are working on shorts and/or webisodes they also offer simple agreements to help with that as well. It's SAG-AFTRA's way of helping to strengthen and educate Chicago's filmmaking community.
February 12th and space is limited so you do need to RSVP by February 8th. If you do find you can't attend, SAG-AFTRA intends to offer the workshop several times a year.
Though I really hate to burst your uncle Petey's bubble, and I'm sure you'll be able to find some role for him, I do look forward to this helping some budding filmmaker get their beloved film on a screen somewhere.
Side note: The film from the photo is a student film I made with the help of non-SAG-AFTRA actor friend Sergio Ubaldo and he did an AWESOME job.