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CREW RESOURCES
From the set of 'EchoBoomers' (2020) Photo by Caty Gainer

The Utah Film Commission is here to support the local film industry by offering resources and opportunities that enhance productions and build a knowledgeable and engaged workforce.

WORKPLACE HARASSMENT

Everyone has the right to a work environment free from discrimination and harassment based on race, religion, national origin, color, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or protected activity or class under state or federal law. 

Workplace harassment can include conduct that is unwelcome, pervasive, demeaning, ridiculing, derisive, or coercive, and results in a hostile, offensive, or intimidating work environment.

The Utah Film Commission requests all production companies receiving a film incentive have a workplace harassment prevention policy in place and provide a safe work environment.

If you feel you are being subjected to workplace harassment, retaliation, or both you should do the following:

  • document the occurrence;
  • continue to report to work;
  • identify a witness(es), if applicable; and
  • file an oral or written complaint with your immediate supervisor, or any other supervisor within your chain of command.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

The Utah Film Commission is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all film crew members, support services and productions to have the resources they need to tell diverse stories.

If there are other resources that are not listed and you believe should be, please consider submitting them through our UFC Diversity & Inclusion Resource List or email film@utah.gov

Did you know you can find Women & BIPOC-Owned Support Businesses in the Utah Film Directory? Visit the Support Services Directory and select either “Women-Owned Business” or “BIPOC-Owned Business” under the Search Filters to browse available listings.

FRAUDULENT HIRING PRACTICES

In the past few years, we have seen the amount of fraudulent behavior around hiring potential crew increase. The Utah Film Commission does our best to alert crew registered in the Utah Film Directory when we become aware of the problem. If you receive a text or an email that looks suspicious, please contact film@utah.gov so our office can investigate further.

This fraudulent behavior appears to be phishing scams in the form of email or text with a potential job opportunity offered. The methods utilized in these phishing scams may include:

  • Payment in advance or in excess of what is typically offered for the same position; 
  • A request for the overpayment to be used to secure equipment by the employee, rather than the production company paying the vendor or vendors directly;
  • Grammar and misspellings in the email that are suspect; 
  • Use of a company’s name or letterhead from a foreign company which makes verification of it’s legitimacy more difficult. 

The bottom line is, if an offer sounds too good to be true or just too different, then beware. Learn more about how to spot phishing messages here.

COVID-19 UPDATES

Learn more about the latest information regarding COVID-19 and Utah’s Film Industry here.

SET SAFETY

While set safety is often attributed to the AD and the Key Grip’s responsibilities, safety should be the concern of everyone on set. Safety is common sense, but sometimes in the film industry when the goal is to ‘get the shot’ or ‘make the day’ – common sense can go out the window. 

If you feel you are being put in a foreseeably dangerous situation by a production, don’t be afraid to speak up and point it out. 

Your first step should be to bring it to the attention of the 1st AD. If you don’t feel you are being heard, then go to your UPM. If they don’t listen, contact the Utah Film Commission at film@utah.gov. We are not a regulatory agency, but will be happy to address any safety concerns with the producers and can do so without revealing the identity of the caller. 

PAYMENT DISPUTES

If you feel you did not receive the agreed-upon payment for your work, your first step should always be to contact your supervisor. If they can’t help, you should reach out to the project’s UPM or the production Accountant. Be sure to have a copy of your timecard, deal memo, call sheets and any other corroborating paperwork; emails, texts, etc. in hand.   

If the production company’s representatives are still unwilling or unable to pay you for your work, the next step would be to contact the Utah Labor Commission and file a Wage Claim form with the Utah Labor Commission’s Utah Anti-discrimination and Labor Division (UALD). More information can be found on Utah Labor Commission’s website here. 

You may also want to notify our office about your labor dispute. While the Utah Film Commission is not a regulatory agency like the UALD, we may be able to help mediate. 

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