FAQ

We offer two main types of assignments at local movie theaters: Trailer Checks and Open Checks.  We have others, but these are the main ones.  There are no out-of-pocket expenses; you will be admitted to the theaters with an Authorization Letter so you will not have to buy a ticket.  We will need, on file, an Independent Contractor Agreement (ICA) signed by you.d to us by scan or fax.

What is a Trailer Check
If you are offered and accept a trailer check, it is to check two features, or sometimes only a single feature, and report on the audience demographics and the previews of coming attractions, also known as trailers. Our client requests these checks to make sure their trailer is onscreen on the opening of new release(s) to gain exposure for their upcoming movie and to determine if the theatre is complying with their agreement to show their trailers.

What do I need to do?
You would print out your data form. You will also print and present an Authorization Letter to the theatre manager, indicating the purpose of the assignment. You will take notes and check each screen of the features(s) requested, the screen numbers, seating capacity, showtimes checked, the type of format (2D, 3D, or IMAX for instance), and the name of the trailers that played in the order you observed. Sometimes, we will need to know which ‘version’ of a trailer played, as clients change them and send out new ones. You will enter the data online same night. About 95% of our trailer checks occur on Fridays. Occasionally, they occur on Wednesdays.

What does it pay?
For a Select Features trailer check you are paid based on the total number of screens to be audited, of typically two features.   All screens for the selected features must be checked in order to be considered complete and payable. 

For a Single Feature trailer check, again, you are paid based on the total number of screens to be audited, of typically one feature. All screens for the selected feature must be checked in order to be considered complete and payable.

If there is a priority from the client to get it covered, or distance is a factor, an additional special fee can be considered, but that is generally a rare occurrence. It is best to accept assignments at local theatres close to you.

Sometimes a theatre show schedule is confusing, so you can call us and review your schedule in advance so you understand what is required. 

What is an Open Check?
This is more of an audit, counting the number of patrons in attendance of each showing of a single feature. In between showtimes, your time is yours to do other things, but you need to be present before the start of each showtime to count patrons for each show.

What do I need to do?
You would print out your data form. Also, you will print and present an Authorization Letter to the theatre manager, indicating the purpose of the assignment. You will take notes and check each screen of the features(s) requested, the screen numbers, seating capacity, showtimes checked, the type of format (2D, 3D, or IMAX for instance), the trailers that played in the order you observed (only need them once for the day), and count the number of patrons for each showtime. The main difference between a trailer check and an open check is this check is an all day check. You will enter the data online same night. About 90% of our open checks occur on Saturdays and Sundays, sometimes Fridays. Some open checks are 1 day, some are 2 days, and occasionally clients want 3 days!

What does it pay?
For an open check,  the compensation is based upon the total number of showings audited.  All showtimes for the selected features must be checked in order to be considered complete and payable.  

If there is a priority from the client to get that location covered, or distance is a factor, an additional special fee can be considered.

Sometimes a theater show schedule is confusing, so you can call and we can review your show listings with you in advance so you understand what is required.

Can I watch the movie for free? 

Not for a trailer check, no.

For an open check, you are there to count patrons over many showtimes, and if the manager allows it, you can stay in the auditorium for your assigned feature, but only if the manager is okay with that. 

Can I bring family or friends with me?
You cannot bring guests, family members or kids with you as you are gaining free access to conduct an assignment for pay: it is not a personal outing.
 

How do I get more assignments?
We have dispatchers that will reach out to you by phone or email, and offer assignments as we get them in your area. As an independent contractor, you are free to accept or decline as you choose. Once you accept an assignment, please complete it. Taking an assignment and flaking without good reason will result in no further assignments.

 

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