Shooting of movies to start at 7 a.m.
Artistes, producers to sign agreement
Directors to submit script 45 days before shooting
KOCHI: Malayalam film actors affiliated to the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) earning Rs.3 lakh and above for a movie will reduce their fee by 25 per cent from now. The association representatives, headed by its president Innocent, made this commitment during the talks held with representatives of the Film Producers Association here on Saturday.
Elaborating on the decisions taken at the meeting, Sabu Cherian, president of the producers association, said that shooting of movies would begin at 7 a.m.
“Producers will have the right not to cooperate with artistes who fail to turn up at locations at this time. We feel that the schedule of a movie can be reduced by five days if artistes stick to this time schedule,” he said. Mr. Cherian said that producers would cut the expenses incurred by assistants of artistes from the latter's fee.
Representatives of artistes and producers will sign an agreement to abide by these decisions. The agreement will be placed before the government-level talks scheduled on May 12.
G. Suresh Kumar, general secretary, Film Producers Association, actors Siddique, Dileep, Jagadeesh, Vijayaraghavan, and Kunchako Boban (representing AMMA) attended the talks held here.
Talks with FEFKA
Mr. Cherian said that the producers' association had also held talks with the representatives of the Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) led by its president Sibi Malayil and general secretary B. Unnikrishnan. According to the consensus evolved during the talks, directors will submit the script of a movie 45 days before the shooting. Director, producer, script writer, art director, costume designer and production controller of the movie will also hold joint discussions 45 days before the commencement of the shoot.
Each member of this team will submit a detailed list on how they propose to execute the plan. Producers hope that planning will help reduce the budget of a movie by at least 10 per cent.