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ABOUT US

Media Crew is a crew booking agency, servicing clients for all aspects of film,
television, documentary, and any other related industry requirements.

Did you know that Media Crew team has a combined 440 years of experience and knowledge within the film industry? That's 37 times longer than it took to make the Hollywood blockbuster, Boyhood. (Impressive, right?)

Media Crew is the Middle East's leading crew booking agency that provides world-class technical and production crew to the burgeoning Film and TV industries in the region. Established in 2010, Media Crew has worked with and continues to work with highly regarded producers, directors, technical crew, agencies and production companies in the GCC region and internationally, providing crew for a variety of projects including television commercials, award winning documentaries and Hollywood and Bollywood feature films.

Offering a ‘one-stop shop’ approach to film crew placing, Media Crew helps to save our clients a lot of time by carefully selecting our team not just by their technical ability, but by ensuring that they take pride in their work, are dedicated to each and every project that they work on, have a professional attitude when on set and consistently provide work that is of the highest international standards, meaning that when you place one of our crew, you know you've booked yourself an industry asset.

With a host of instant crew available, covering all aspects of the film industry’s needs, including Wardrobe and Makeup, Art Directors, Sound Recordists, 1 st and 2 nd Camera Assistants, VT Operators, Gaffers and Digital Imaging Technicians, Media Crew handles all aspects of production ensuring that booked crew arrive on-set on time, act in a professional manner throughout filming and ensures that the standard of finished work is of a quality that we're proud of. Potential clients also have the option to browse through our updated website, searching our full portfolio of skilled personnel's CVs and showreels before selecting their crew.

With a host of instant crew available, covering all aspects of the film industry’s needs, including Wardrobe and Makeup, Art Directors, Sound Recordists, 1 st and 2 nd Camera Assistants, VT Operators, Gaffers and Digital Imaging Technicians, Media Crew handles all aspects of production ensuring that booked crew arrive on-set on time, act in a professional manner throughout filming and ensures that the standard of finished work is of a quality that we're proud of. Potential clients also have the option to browse through our updated website, searching our full portfolio of skilled personnel's CVs and showreels before selecting their crew.

For our crew, Media Crew also handles the day to day booking services for clients and crew members while taking a personal interest in the promotion, development and training of our crew in order to help them progress within the film industry.

What makes us different is our personal, can-do approach to our clients and our team ensuring that we are on 24-hour call to handle any situation, while our professional, talented team gives us peace of mind when recommending them for all film, television, documentary and all other industry related requirements.

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Crew Members Working Conditions

Crew means all crew who are contracted from time to time by the client from Media Crew.

The Producer(s) means a person, or body of persons who contracted to produce commercials or feature films, or a representative nominated by the Production Company.

GENERAL

1.1 Crew means all crew who are contracted from time to time by the client from Media Crew.

1.2 The Producer(s) means a person, or body of persons who contracted to produce commercials or feature films, or a representative nominated by the Production Company.

SPECIFIC DEFINITIONS AND RATES OF PAY

2.1 Call Time

2.1.2 Call time means the call time stipulated by the producer in which the technician is required and obliged to be on set or any specific place.

2.1.3 If the set/location is within 40km’s of the production office, then call time will be the time the crew member is required on set regardless of own or provided transport. If the location is further than 40km’s away from the production office, then call time will be the time the crew member is required to be at the production office or vehicle collection point. If the location is further than 40kms from the production office or, transport will be provided by production. Crew who do not utilize the provided transport must make their own way, at their own expense, to the location. If a specific crew member’s call time on location is later than the departure time of the provided transport, then that crew member’s travelling time will be remunerated. Should the crew be accommodated at a hotel, call time will be from the agreed time to depart from the hotel to location.

2.1.4 Call and wrap time for designated drivers will be taken from the time of vehicle collection point to vehicle return point, regardless of distance to and from location.

2.2 Wrap

2.2.1 Wrap means the end of a shooting session, technical wrap or return to base if the location is further than 40 km’s from base, as called by the producer.

2.2.2 Wrap is wrap and payment for any additional work thereafter needs to be negotiated before time sheets are signed.

2.3 Working Hours

2.3.1 Working hours per standard day, split shift day or night shoot and to which no overtime applies, shall be 12 hours including meals. Only after the specified hours are worked, will overtime apply.

2.3.2 Producers will do their best to achieve a minimum of a 8 hour turnaround period between wrap and call time of the same shoot, it being acknowledged that a turnaround of less than 8 hours is the exception and not the norm.

2.3.3 Crew shall not be booked on a day shoot which falls on the day immediately following a night shoot.

2.3.4 In the event of an early call on the day following a shoot, crew members shall have the right to request to be released prior to the end of the shooting day provided that they make this request before 17H00. This shall not be applicable if the production company has given prior notice of an extended day.

2.4 Overtime

2.4.1 Overtime at pro-rata hourly rate is billable for all crew after 12 hours.

2.4.2 Overtime will be charged for in quarter hour increments i.e. Wrap called after the quarter hour will be rounded up and wrap called up to the quarter hour will be rounded down.

2.4.3 Production will limit the hours worked by Production Assistants to a maximum of 15 hours per day. On shoot days pro-rata overtime will be paid for hours in excess of 15, should the Production Assistant agree to work these hours.

2.5 Standard Day

2.5.1 Standard Day shall mean a day shoot of 12 consecutive hours and applicable overtime hours.

2.5.2 Agents should be notified well in advance, with a minimum of 3 days advanced warning, if call time is any time before 04h00 on the first shooting day. Should sufficient advanced warning not be given, crew may be replaced.

2.6 Split Shift

2.6.1 Split Shift shall mean a day/night called as such by the producer in which a minimum time out of 4 hrs is called.

2.6.2 Time Out is the total rest time called by the producer to create a split shift day and shall not be less than 4 hours.

2.6.3 This 4 hour period is from wrap to call time back on set if set is within a 40km radius from base, or from wrap time to call time back at base if the set is further than 40kms from base. The producer must inform the crew/crew agents of the split shift on confirmation of the booking.

2.6.4 The producer has the option to call a split shift day. The minimum payment will be for a standard day. If standard day working hours are exceeded, the normal overtime structure applies.

2.6.5 Call time on a split shift day may not be later than 08h00 for the first shift or later than 16h00 for the second shift.

2.6.6 A day may not be classified as a split shift if crew are not permitted to leave set during the hours between filming i.e. the crew must be able to go home, to base, hotel or tented camp during the break.

2.7 Travel Day

2.7.1 Travel Day shall mean a day called as such by the producer and in which the travel time is not greater than standard day hours (i.e. 12 hours).

2.7.2 For a travel day, half of the standard day rate shall apply to all crew (refer 2.7.3 for the exception). If more than 12 hours are traveled, payment for those hours traveled over 12 hours will be on a pro rata basis calculated at standard day rates, regardless of what day the travel occurs. (e.g. travel of 15 hours = half day of 6 hours plus 3 hours pro rata = 9 hours).

2.8 Gear Check

2.8.1 Gear Check means a day called as such by the producer in which the hours worked do not exceed 6 hours.

2.8.2 If less than half (half being 6 hours excluding a meal break) of standard day hours are worked on a gear check day, then half the standard day rate shall apply. If more than 6 but less than 12 hours are worked, payment will be on a pro rata basis calculated at standard daily rates.

2.8.3 If more than 12 hours are worked, normal overtime rates will apply.

2.9 Pre-light

2.9.1 Pre-light means a day called as such by the producer and in which no filming is undertaken and the hours worked do not exceed 6 hours.

2.9.2 If less than half (half being 6 hours excluding a meal break) of standard day hours are worked on a pre-light day, then half the standard day rate shall apply. If more than 6 but less than 12 hours are worked, payment will be on a pro rata basis calculated at standard daily rates.

2.9.3 If more than 12 hours are worked, normal overtime rates will apply.

2.10 Pre-rig / De-rig

2.10.1 Pre-rig / De-rig means a day called as such by the producer and in which no filming is undertaken and the hours worked do not exceed 6 hours.

2.10.2 If less than half (half being 6 hours excluding a meal break) of standard day hours are worked on a pre-rig / de-rig day, then half the standard day rate shall apply. If more than 6 but less than 12 hours are worked, payment will be on a pro rata basis calculated at standard daily rates. If riggers are utilized on a shoot to help filming crew, then normal day rates and overtime rates apply.

2.10.3 If more than 12 hours are worked, normal overtime rates will apply.

2.11 Technical Recce

2.11.1 Technical Recce means a day called as such by the producer and in which the hours worked do not exceed 6 hours.

2.11.2 Technical recces (6 hours) will be charged at half day rates. If more than 6 hours but less than 12 hours are worked, payment will be on a pro rata basis calculated at standard daily rates.

2.11.3 If more than 12 hours are worked, normal overtime rates will apply

2.12 Weather Day

2.12.1 Weather Day means a day which occurs if the scheduled shoot is not completed due to the weather. The weather day may be added on to the end of the scheduled shooting period, or may be booked as an additional day at such time as scheduled by the producer.

2.13 Extended Day

2.13.1 Extended Day means a standard day shoot of more than 16 hours.

2.13.2 Producers are to inform crew/agents 3 working days prior to the first shoot day when an extended day is planned. If a shoot continues beyond the prescribed time, crew will stay, but should be permitted to leave the set at a reasonable time before the commencement of their next call.

2.13.2 Crew booked for an extended day must either directly or via their agents inform both producers concerned.

2.14 Turnaround

2.14.1 Turnaround on any given shoot will be paid for all hours less than 10 hours given from wrap/technical wrap or return to base, to call time on the following day of the same shoot.

PAYMENT

3.1 Crew will be paid within twenty (20) days of submission of an invoice, but is subject to negotiation with the crew agents.

3.2 Payments will only be made once any outstanding floats, if applicable, have been reconciled with the producer. In the event of any queries, the producer may only withhold payment for an individual crew member and not the entire agent’s statement for any given production.

CANCELLATION

4.1 Cancellation means either the cancellation of a confirmed shoot day or the cancellation of a confirmed crew member.

4.2 The producer shall only be entitled to confirm the crew booking once the client has confirmed the job and not before. Confirmation of a crew member by LPO via e-mail or fax is binding and subject to penalty fees for cancellation.

4.3 Should a production company confirm a crew member on a 24hr confirm or release notice and subsequently cancel such a booking, cancellation will be charged for days forfeited by the crew member based on the following payment structure:

  • 100% for days 1 to 3
  • 50% for days 4 to 6
  • 25% for days 7 to 10

The crew member will not be eligible for a cancellation fee if the job is cancelled by the production company 15 consecutive days prior to commencement of shoot and visa versa, the production company will not be eligible for a cancellation fee if the job is cancelled by the crew member 15 consecutive days prior to commencement of shoot. If 24 hours “confirm or release” notice is issued within 48 hours of commencement of the shoot (e.g. prep or shoot) then the issued agent or production company must provide their confirmation/denial within 6 hours. Cancellation will be paid regardless of which party gives notice of 24 hours.

4.4 Clauses 4.3 do not apply for the days that the crew member is confirmed on another production during the period of cancellation.

POSTPONEMENT

5.1 Postponement of a shoot means the postponement of a confirmed shoot to an alternative date as advised by the producer.

5.2 If a confirmed crew member is not available for the new shoot dates, standard cancellation fees as per clauses 4.3 will apply.

STANDBY

6.1 Should a crew member be put on standby on any given day, a half day rate will become payable to that crew member if he/she is not released by 10h00 on the day of standby.

MEALS

7.1 There will be a maximum of 6 hours between meals. If a call time is before 07h30, breakfast will be provided. This also applies to recce and prelight days.

7.2 The six hours is calculated from completion of the previous meal. The period of time allocated for meals should not be less than half an hour.

7.3 Meals are to be provided during a split shift if food is unavailable nearby to the studio/location where the split shift is called.

7.4 An evening meal should be provided on an extended day i.e. 6 hours after lunch.

INSURANCE

8.1 Crew are all responsible for their own health and medical insurances. Regular 6-month check ups will help in the event of a claim with an insurance company.

8.2 Crew personal insurance should also include insurance against injury or loss of earnings.

8.3 Equipment, personal belongings and vehicles owned by individual crew members to be used either for personal use or within their professional capacity is the responsibility of that particular crew member. If insurance is to be charged, it must be negotiated up-front with the producer as some production companies carry their own insurance on such items.

SPECIAL NOTES

9.1 No less than 6 hours rest should ever be given to crew members.

9.2 No crew member shall work without having had 6 hours rest.

9.3 Bookings with crew agents will be taken as pencil bookings until confirmed. If the booking is confirmed and then cancelled, the booking fee for each crew member will be charged.

9.4 No crew member can be double-booked and confirmed on two concurrent productions without the written permission given by both producers prior to confirmation of the second booking.

9.5 If a crew member’s vehicle is hired at the request of production, the crew member shall ensure that the vehicle is filled with fuel prior to departure and will be entitled to claim back the monies after refueling at the end of the production.

9.6 It is the responsibility of each crew member to understand and acknowledge the Crew Working conditions and become familiar with all revisions which may occur.

9.7 It is the responsibility of each crew member to read the terms and conditions at the end of every call sheet of each production company.

9.8 All crew must be familiar with the “crew code of conduct”.

9.9 Crew rate increases will be implemented once a year.

9.10 All junior crew not eligible for overtime will complete production time sheets that must be handed to production and forwarded to respective agents for monitoring purposes.

Media Crew Terms and Conditions

Our fees and conditions of employment are structured as follows :

A fee will become payable once a candidate who is listed on the books of Media Crew or who is introduced to the Organisation or Associated Group by Media Crew commences employment in any capacity (either temporary or permanent).

An introduction means any of the following:

As the Candidates details and references are forwarded on a strictly confidential basis, you are requested not to contact the Candidates in any way, without our prior consent.

Crew members are to be paid through Media Crew and not directly on temporary assignments. The commission payable on short, fixed-term contracts (up to 3 months) of freelance crew will be charged to the crew member.

Any company who offers long-term employment to one of our members will be charged 75% of the first month’s gross salary.

Should an assignee accept further work from a company, following completion of the original booking, on a temporary fixed term contract, the company will be liable for fees as set out in point 4 above.

Media Crew will not be held liable for loss, damage or expense suffered or incurred, subsequent to the introduction of a candidate.

Whilst assigned to the company, the crew member will be the responsibility of that company, who shall be deemed to be the employer of said crew member.

Media Crew should be notified directly upon the employment or termination of employment of one of its members. These conditions apply to all customers/clients of Media Crew.

Invoices are payable 15 days from receipt of invoice.

Media Crew’s Film History

In recent years, the Middle East has enjoyed its new status as a top filming destination thanks to many factors including its modern, futuristic skyline, set against a sparse desert background, making it an extremely versatile set, as well as the high amount of sunny days that the region enjoys annually. Media Crew Dubai has been in high demand on these film sets due to its exceptional reputation in the region and supplied cinematographers, lighting crew, grips crew and art department, production, make up artists and wardrobe to work alongside Hollywood’s finest on a number of these Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters which were filmed right here in the UAE

Past Hollywood hits which the UAE can take credit for as the filming destination, and that Media Crewsupplied various, extensive roles for, include Fast & Furious 7, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Star Wars, while one of the most recent films to have called the UAE home is the much-anticipated, Star Trek Beyond which starred Hollywood heavyweights, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. The movie was filmed in October of 2015 and included some of the country’s most iconic locations including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, Meydan, Al Mas Tower and the Burj Al Arab, which were all used to help created the futuristic skyline in the film. The Sound Stages in Dubai’s Studio City were used to film other parts of the film. When asked about his thoughts on Dubai, Chris Pine described the locale as ‘Futureland’, an environment that looks like ‘what tomorrow would be.’

Media Crew also supplied a variety of their crew forBrad Pitt’s newest, UAE-shot film, War Machine, which is due for release later this year as well as for star martial arts actor, Jackie Chan’s latest film, Kung Fu Yoga, which was filmed in the UAE in 2015 and is due for release in coming months. In addition, the UAE has become a hub for filming high quality Bollywood films with the most recently released film, ‘Dishoom’ calling the UAE home during its extensive filming.

Media Crew Dubai will continue to contribute to the creation of the globes highly-anticipated new releases as the UAE’s film industry goes from strength to strength.