DGACA

DIRECTORS GUILD of AMERICA CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION 
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SCQL - Unit Production Manager

 

REQUIREMENTS SCQL: UNIT PRODUCTION MANAGER


(Excerpted from Article 14 of the 2017 Basic Agreement between the DGA and the AMPTP)


14-304

An individual who has completed four hundred (400) days in work as a Unit Production Manager in the production of motion pictures of the type covered hereunder shall be eligible for placement on the Southern California Unit Production Managers' Qualification List. Of such working days, not more than twenty-five percent (25%) may be spent in preparation or post-production and at least seventy-five percent (75%) must have occurred during production. Of the seventy-five percent (75%), ten percent (10%) must be on location (distant or local). An individual's workdays on motion pictures on which someone else was employed as Unit Production Manager shall not be counted as qualifying workdays for any purpose under this Article 14 by virtue of the individual performing UPM functions delegated to him or her pursuant to Paragraph 1-302 of this BA.

An Assistant Director will qualify for the Southern California UPM Qualification List if the Assistant Director has completed at least six hundred (600) working days as a Unit Production Manager and/or a First Assistant Director and/or Second Assistant Director in the production of motion pictures of the type covered hereunder; two hundred (200) of these six hundred (600) days must be earned after the Assistant Director is placed on a Southern California Qualification List. Of such two hundred (200) days, no more than twenty-five percent (25%) may be spent in preparation or office work and at least seventy-five (75%) must be spent with the actual shooting company.

 

Summary:

  • 400 total days worked as a UPM on projects of the type covered
  • at least 300 days of the 400 total worked as shooting/production days
  • at least 30 days of the 400 total worked on distant or local location
  • at least 1 day of qualifying work within the last 6 months

or after placement on any Southern California Qualification List:

  • 200 new days worked after days used for SCQL placement
  • at least 150 days of the 200 total worked as shooting/production days
  • at least 1 day of qualifying work within the last 6 months
  • days can be combined to meet the requirements using UPM and/or 1st AD and/or 2nd AD 
  • Using this provision, all days in total ever submitted to DGACA must equal 600 with 450 shooting days