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6th May 2016
In partnership with our legal counsel, SAGE has prepared a contract for editors working as independent contractors. This contract has been drawn up specifically for post-production professionals acting as independent contractors and who are provisional taxpayers; it does not cover fixed term or full-time employment. The contract has been designed to protect both parties as far as possible, firstly by specifying the job in detail, and secondly by covering a range of problems that may occur after work has begun.
24th March 2016

SAGE has published an annual rate card of recommended salaries for editors for the last 14 years. Though focussed on freelance editors, this rate card can also be used as a starting point for full-time employment negotiations.

24th March 2016

For the last year and a bit, SAGE has been running two webforms on our website. One collects job offers from producers, which we forward to our members. The other collects reports of job offers from editors.

Since each offer is submitted in the same way, we can make deductions about the average offer being made, as well as educated guesses about the industry as a whole. This is our first year of running both forms, and this is our first analysis we’re releasing to the public.

25th November 2015

SAGE has assembled a document which aims to provide clarification about the rights of employees and to enable editors to determine when they are independent contractors, and when they are employees. There is much confusion about when someone is truly an independent contractor, or rather an employee. Therefore we would like to bring the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) to the attention of our members.

29th October 2015
In 2015 SAGE again ran post-production survey of the year before. Open to producers and editors (SAGE members or not), we're very pleased to release the results now.
12th August 2015

Subtitling is seriously undervalued in the South African film and television industry. This is the second in a series of blog posts covering subtitling concerns.

Timing and synchronisation

A fundamental function of subtitling is to reduce frustration caused to hearing-impaired viewers by being faced with silent moving mouths. Therefore, all obvious speech should have some form of subtitle accompaniment.

7th August 2015

Subtitling is seriously undervalued in the South African film and television industry. This is the first in a series of blog posts covering subtitling concerns.

In a country with 11 official languages, subtitling is not only used for deaf and hard-of-hearing people but also for the inclusion of the various language groups, because South Africans are not a homogeneous people, nor can everyone speak all the official and unofficial languages. English is therefore often used as the mediating language.

17th July 2015

Have you ever wondered what the average rate is for a senior offline editor in reality TV in the Western Cape? Soon, we'll have an answer!

We're very pleased to announce a new part of our industry measurement strategy: our anonymous job offer reporter.

3rd March 2015

SAGE has published an annual rate card of recommended salaries for editors for the last 14 years. Though focussed on freelance editors, this rate card can also be used as a starting point for full-time employment negotiations.

16th January 2015

On the 22nd of February 2014, SAGE hosted a panel discussion at the Jozi Film Festival, featuring panelists Megan Gill and David Max Brown and chaired by Stephen Abbott.

26th September 2014
At the end of 2013 SAGE conducted a survey on the South African post-production industry. We're pleased to finally release the report. Generally, the survey results confirm hunches we’ve had for many years. There were some surprises, too. Of course, these responses are limited to our sample: 145 editors and 38 producers, generally with some experience, and almost all from Gauteng and Western Cape.
18th May 2014

This short document aims to help producers better understand the different types of post-production roles. Though by no means exhaustive, this covers the basics of each job.

9th April 2014

2014 marks a new direction for our rate card. We have begun matching inflation, simplified the job classifications, broadened the range of experience pay, and attempted to match rates with the camera department. We urge you to read about the changes in detail on the below the card itself.

19th June 2013

These two PDFs are hard to find on the internet, and were hosted on the old SAGE website. They're useful for technical delivery standards, as well as an up-to-date logo design source. If you have more recent documents, please let us know.

8th April 2013

In May, Digital Therapy is hosting two International Colorist Acadamy training courses in Cape Town. Both will feature world-renowned colourist Blake Jones as the instructor. SAGE members get a 20% discount.