MAD DOG 2020 MERGE
2020 Casting is no longer based in Shepherds Bush, London. Mad Dog 2020 has 3 offices:
London: Ealing Studios, The Pavilion Building, Ealing Green, W5 5EP
Manchester: The Greenhouse, Media City, The Quays, Salford, M50 2EQ
Cardiff: Room 107, The Creative Quarter, Morgan Arcade, The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1AF
No. You will still be able to contact us on all our old numbers.
No, in fact it will increase your chances of getting more work.
Whilst the agencies continue to run in tandem you will receive work from whichever agency you are registered with. Or both of them if you are registered with both agencies.
There is a chance this might happen but we will endeavour to avoid such clashes.
If you are lucky enough to be put forward twice for the same job, make yourself available for both and we will take care of everything.
You can now login to both systems by clicking sign up at the top of the page.
No. Your login details will remain the same.
No, there is no need to be registered with both agencies. However, we would like to encourage all new applicants to sign up using the Mad Dog Extra App, which is available on the App Store/Google Play.
If you are on the Mad Dog Extras App, you will need to download the updated version from your App Store/Google Play.
Registration will not be affected.
Please don’t worry, for the time being registration will continue as normal.
At present, the terms and conditions will remain the same for both agencies. As we move forward, you will be notified of changes to our terms and conditions.
No, you will not pay two book fees.
No, you will receive any money you are due.
GETTING THE BEST FROM MAD DOG 2020
Please make sure you are using your artist ID as your username this will be a number given to you when you first applied to register.
If your password isn’t working please use the reset password link this will send an email to the address you registered with, please check your spam and trash as our emails are often sent to these.
Please use the reset password link on the homepage, this will be sent to the email address you registered with us, please check your spam and junk files. Once you have logged in you can change your password for a more memorable one.
Your username is in fact your artist ID that was issued at the time of application for registration.
You will have to contact the office
if this is the case, be ready to answer a number of security questions.
The only way you can let us know your availability is to update your online calendar. Please DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE to tell us this.
Green = available
Red = unavailable
Please call or email the Project Manager in charge of this job as soon as possible to update them of any changes in your availability.
You cannot set any dates past the end of your registration period. Once you have received and followed the re-registration instructions you will be able to update your availabilities for another year
This is a seasonal business with the first part of the year normally being quiet. We have no control over the briefs coming in, nor do we have the final say in who is selected 95% of the time.
Remember that most of the time we do not make the decision on selection, production does. The nature of the business is such that you will be rejected with no explanation, if this is a problem you may decide this is not for you! Please don’t call as this will not increase your chances of getting work, this takes our time away from securing more jobs!
Make sure your calendar is up to date and that you have filled in as much of your profile as possible including your skills and languages, and ethnic origin and ethnic look as this will give you more chance of showing up in searches. Please do not over claim as this can cause problems for us and you! In terms of photos if you own uniform(s), or evening wear, or you have a dog or car you may want to upload photos so that if we are searching for these things we can see these straight away
The only time we can offer new photos is through the re-registration process. When you are invited to re-register you will be asked if your look has changed. From here follow the instructions to request a new photo. We will then be in touch with regard to booking a slot to have these taken.
We require our own Mad Dog photos for your profile as this uniformity helps to speed up selections by productions when we send them look books. In turn, this helps us get back to you sooner with booking confirmations/releases. You are welcome to upload other images to your gallery. These may be used by Mad Dog if we believe they increase your chances of being selected. They will only be used for this purpose and will not be used to replace the Mad Dog profile picture.We can only change your Mad Dog photograph if you have significantly changed and we agree that this will increase your chances of being chosen. You can increase your chances by providing an up to date selfie which you can upload through the app. We will moderate these images and only use those that are deemed suitable. Unless invited for photo updates and it is not deemed necessary, there is a £50 charge for new Mad Dog photos.
Please contact the office by phone and request new measurements to be taken. We have to take the measurements ourselves to verify them.
At Mad Dog 2020 we take data security very seriously which is why we have introded two-factor authentication
for all online accounts. In addition to the current login using your Artists ID and password you will be asked to select either EMAIL or TEXT as a method to be sent a unique code to the registered email or mobile phone number we hold for you
. This code will be requested in order to give you access to your account. Each time you login you will be provided with a different unique code.
You may already have seen that we use reCaptcha, as part of our security measures, and you may also be asked a question or asked to tick a box to verify that you are a human and not a robot. Introducing two-factor authentication is part of a series of upgrades we are making to improve your experience and protect your data. The protection of data is of paramount importance to us.
There are two ways artists can access their accounts, online or via the Mad Dog 2020 app “Mad Dog 2020 Extras” which gives 24 hour access to enquiries, check ins, your account and our messaging system for communication with us from your mobile device (mobile phone or tablet). We recommend you switch from online access to the Mad Dog 2020 Extras app (available for free on iOS and Android).
If you are experiencing issues with the Two Factor Authentication log in on the desktop site, it is highly likely that the problem is with your browser. It will be that the browser you are using is saving incorrect passwords, which is the reason you are being brought back to the first page.
Please follow the steps below and it should resolve the problem:
- Load up your web browser (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer etc)
- Below the exit browser button (usually an ‘X’ in the top right or left hand corner), select the three dots placed side by side, or one above another. Toward the bottom of the drop down you will see the option “Settings”. Then scroll down and select “Advanced” if your one Chrome & “Advanced Settings” if you are on Internet Explorer.
- You’ll then need to select “Manage Passwords”. On Chrome this is located under “Passwords and Forms” & on Internet Explorer this is located under “Privacy and Services”. If you’re on Chrome, it is simply the matter of finding the password linked to the Mad Dog Casting website and then select the three dots located to the right hand side of the password and then select “Remove”. If you’re on Internet Explorer, all you need to do is select the “X” located to the right hand side of the password you are removing.
- If you login again, after trying these steps, you should be able to access your profile.
- NOTE: Be sure not to save the password again, otherwise this problem will reoccur.
BOOKINGS AND ON SET
We often get all the shoot details (call time, exact location) very late on the evening before the shoot, we endeavour to get them as soon as possible but it isn’t always possible. However if you haven’t heard before 5pm the night before please text the project manager/assistant dealing with the job.
Please report the accident immediately to the AD responsible for you on this particular shoot. An accident report should be completed and signed by the AD, you may be asked to sign it to. Contact your Mad Dog 2020 Project Manager to let them know what has happened as soon as possible.
Please report the incident immediately to the AD responsible for you on this particular shoot. Ideally you need to try and get something in writing confirming what has happened and signed by an AD. Similarly let your Mad Dog 2020 contact know as soon as possible.
Make sure the AD is aware of this and it is reflected on your chit (should this be a chitted job). Ideally let your Project Manager know what happened.
Examples include an extra long shoot with no food or drink supplied. Although shoots are not necessarily the most comfortable situations there are guidelines around how supporting artists are treated. Query it politely with an AD and if you feel there is still a problem let your Mad Dog 2020 contact know if there is a problem. We are here to represent you.
Mad Dog 2020 is fortunate enough to be able to call on many fantastic, loyal and hardworking supporting artists, some having been with us from the start, so this may be more useful for those just getting in to the industry. Hopefully, this can provide insight, context and understanding in to an issue that effects the casting process significantly.
Whether we are casting for 1,000 battlefield soldiers, 10 ladies in waiting or a dog walker, the client process doesn’t differ. We diligently make our selections from our diverse book to put forward, according to the brief and await the client’s choice(s) – often going through assistant directors, producers and the Director. As previously discussed on the Mad Dog 2020 blog, whether it be a major feature film, TV series or commercial, projects are carefully planned according to a creative vision that is detailed and precise. Every face matters and once a client has selected those that have been put forward as available, it is expected all round that that is the face that will show up on set.
Of course, there are circumstances of which cannot be helped or avoided but to help everyone involved, we’ve put together a few pointers as a guide:
- If you have put yourself forward for a job, you will automatically be pencilled for it until we have heard back from the client. Often it is the night before the shoot when the final confirmation comes through. It is your responsibility to keep track of your pencilled dates and bookings.
- If you are on a pencil, you can accept other offers of work. However, if you do get booked on to something else on the date or dates you are pencilled for, you must let us know by calling the office or sending a message via the app.
- Check all the details first – locations being too far away, travel costs not being covered etc are not excuses to not go to set. If these are deal breakers for you and such details are not explicitly set out upfront, do not put yourself forward.
- Don’t ignore your booking confirmation /check in. If you can’t go to set, let us know, ignoring correspondence only makes things more difficult. The quicker we can replace you, the better. It also helps your fellow supporting artists, as we cannot send out releases until bookings are confirmed.
- Treat it as any other job – as with any other profession, you wouldn’t expect to keep your job if you didn’t turn up without a good reason. Reputation is everything and we are not inclined to put artists forward if we don’t think we can rely on them.
- Drop outs cause a lot of extra work for our Project Managers and Productions and can damage reputation, both with our clients and our reliable artists. This costs reliable artists time and opportunities as well as productions time and money.
- Drop outs also delay releases, meaning artists who consistently hold pencils do not get timely releases due to very late working to cover drop outs.
We remove people from our books who drop out without timely, valid and plausible reasons. We are reasonable people and know that things do happen that make it genuinely not possible to avoid a late drop out. We will not strike anyone out without a valid reason. Reliability is key in all jobs and is expected of all Mad Dog 2020 artists.
ACCOUNTS AND EMPLOYMENT
Please refer to the rates page of the website. Available to view here
Please allow 8 weeks from the shoot date as a guide. Check your personal profile accounts section as if you are on the next payroll this will have all the information about how much, and any deduction. Please be aware that with some jobs we do encounter complications in regards to swift payment, so bear with us.
Processing means we have invoiced for the work you have done, collection of funds usually takes 6 weeks.
Booked means this work has not yet been invoiced yet, even if the shoot day has taken place. Reconciling who has attended and invoicing correctly can take time.
A book fee is a one-off payment that is deducted from your first job with us, within a booking period. Please note that your first job is still subject to commission and VAT. Booking fees are deducted per job, in relation to the shoot date. Therefore if you register into a new booking period, and a payment is still to be paid, the deductions will be in relation to when the shoot was undertaken, i.e. the previous booking period.
Legally we have to deduct VAT on the commission we take, when you engage a carpenter or plumber in business you have to pay them VAT on the service they provide it’s the same with us.
We provide this information for you for each job you work on as part of our service. You must log in to your profile and look under your accounts section, to display your payslip click on the underlined deposit date and a pdf displaying your payslip will appear. From here you can email, save and print your payslip.
Mad Dog 2020 are your agent not your employer.
You are self employed, as per your contract with Mad Dog 2020.
You are self employed for the work you do at Mad Dog 2020 so we are unable to issue either of these.
To do this log in to your personal profile, and you are able to change them yourself.
Click on payment then edit and you will be able to change the details here. This makes them authorised for usage.
Other deductions at present are any NI deducted by production. We cannot put these in the NI deductions column as WE haven’t made these deductions production have. (This is usually common with film production). They are viewable by clicking on the deposit date on your online remittance, and bringing up your online payslip.
You need to seek advice from the office you are claiming benefit through, we cannot advise you on this.
We will check to make sure any adjustments made are in keeping with the FAA pact rates or rate agreement under-which the production operates (you will always be informed of the rates on any job enquiry). Occasionally on set when signing people out overtime rates can sometimes be accidentally added up wrong. These will be checked when the chits reach the production accountant and adjusted accordingly.
If you do not get a chit from a FILM production ask the ADs on set and if it is not resolved on set inform us straight away, on films this is the proof you worked and payment can ONLY be made, if production, you and us, have a copy.
On television and commercial productions this is different (a chit isn’t issued) however it is advisable to keep a record of the hours you worked and if excessive overtime is incurred, or if you think you have been featured, rather than simply a background artist contact the project manager the day after the shoot.
Before you ring the office please log in to your online personal profile, and check your remittance as often people forget things like book fees and NI deductions.
If you do not have a bank account we will not be able to register you.
MAD DOG 2020 EXTRAS APP
No, the app is completely free to download and use.
Yes, you can log in to your profile on any device you wish.
Simply head to the app menu, click ‘settings’ and switch the notifications tab to ‘on’ within the app. Procedure to turn notifications off is the same. Please make sure you’ve got notifications turned on on your phone also (Settings > Notifications > Mad Dog 2020 Extras > Allow Notifications > Enable all alerts.) On downloading the app, your device may ask permission to ‘enable push notifications’, please ensure you enable this.
The app is available in your device’s app store – search ‘Mad Dog 2020 Extras’, you will also find direct links on our website.
No, if you have saved your login details, clicking on to the app will immediately take you through to your profile.
Yes, you can download the app on multiple devices.
Yes, you can access your payments, bookings, enquiries, settings, pictures, measurements, skills etc.
Yes, this options is available at the bottom of the welcome page, simply click the link and complete the short process to sign up with us.
The app is 28.4MB. Tips for making space on your device:
- Delete any apps you don’t use regularly
- Delete inactive chats on apps like Whatsapp and texts
- Delete photos
- Delete emails
- Reduce the amount of music downloaded to the device
If you have downloaded the app, you shall receive all communications via it but you may occasionally receive texts for urgent messages.
If the enquiry no longer shows up on the app, it means the enquiry has closed and is no longer accepting responses.
If you are not able to use the app, you can change your notification preferences via the desktop site by heading to the ‘my details’ drop down and clicking on to the ‘notification preferences’ page. You need to delete the app from all devices in order to do this.