Music Composition and Sound Design for a Spec TV Trailer
#1015474 - 25/10/12 05:04 PM
I'm working on a payment deferred basis to compose some music and do some sound design for
a 7-8 minute trailer for a new TV show that will be pitched to networks. This is the first
time I've done something like this and the first time I've worked with this particular
person. We have agreed that I will be credited as "Original Music By" and I would receive
a copy of the final scenes for my reel.
My question is, how should I go about
setting up an agreement on the payment as I am only getting paid if the show makes some
money. I'm fine with this as I'm just starting out - but should I set an exact price? Do I
set up when and under what circumstances I'd get paid, and get this in writing and signed
by both parties?
Also, if everything went really well and the show got picked
up and turned into a pilot or a series - should I also get an agreement that I'd be taken
on as the music composer for the series?
I want to get all of this agreed upon
and settled - without being too pushy or overbearing with contracts, etc.
Re: Music Composition and Sound Design for a Spec TV Trailer
#1016844 - 02/11/12 05:48 PM
I presume the camera people, actors, writers and editors are also not getting a bean for
doing this, and are on a promise also...
There is no way you can be on
contract to be involved in a show or record having just completed a demo, let a lone a
pilot episode. There will be decisions taken higher up with regards to all aspects of any
show, including the actors, writers etc etc...no one goes looking for funding saying these
people must also be on the payroll.
Once a show is given the go ahead, and the
money is down for a series thats a different matter of course - but you might find
yourself only down for the first run anyhow.