There was a time not too long ago when the biggest of films with the biggest of talents were made without a single piece of documentation being exchanged, and there were no disputes either. Now we live in an era where pretty much anyone involved in a film enters into a contract, which is how it should be in a professional industry.
However, the letter of a contract may not necessarily cover the spirit of the contract, and the latter is far more critical. Take, for example, this director who is bound by a three-film deal with a production house. With the contract still to run out and the director getting antsy with the time on his hands, he has found a novel way to circumvent his obligations.
He has put together a project that is soon to roll and while the crew understands that the film is pretty much this director’s baby, someone else’s name has been officially attached to the directorial role. As an added bonus, since he isn’t officially directing the film, the director is going all out to cast his friends in plum roles in the film.
Talk about having your cake and eating it too!