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In Topic: How much more work is needed for an S or C corp?

15 July 2014 - 10:51 AM

Hello fellow washingtonian!


This is definitely a question worth spending a few hundred talking to your attorney about.  Most small companies these days are LLC's, which were created to provide the protection of the 'corporate shield' without (as much of) the paperwork hassle and taxation issues.


The big thing about C Corps (aside from taxation) over S corps is that you can have different types of shareholders, which can be useful if you're looking to get VC funded, bought out, etc.  That said, I'm not aware of anyone who started under S (or even LLC) who got bought out where that wasn't an issue the lawyers couldn't deal with-- that's what they do...


If you're serious enough about this (and it sounds like you are), then definitely find a good corp attorney and get their advice.  


Disclaimer on my immediate experience on this: I've done S-Corp and LLC, but never C Corp.

In Topic: Rates for Voice Over?

07 July 2014 - 03:56 PM

Hi Tamara,


Those are actually quite strange rates for games.  That kind of pricing is generally more for long, spoken narrative (corp videos, radio spots, etc.).  Did you get that from "voices.com"? :)...


For games, we usually hire either by the hour of recording, by the character or by the 'phrase' or some combination thereof.

For large games, go by the SAG rates, which specify things like the # of characters you can get for a 4-hour block, etc.


For smaller games, be prepared to be more flexible.  Not necessarily on money, but on things like the # of characters, etc.


The SAG contract for games is largely predicated on the "AAA" model game, where you have major characters, plots, and many thousands (or tens of thousands) of lines of dialog, where a "line" is a complex character sentence.  (eg "Ok..I've set up the accompanying troops to deploy to the east forward area..")


By contrast, most small games require far less, and are also less likely to have complex plots.  But they may want more characters, etc.  And the dialog is likely to be much simpler (eg "hey, great shot!"  "you found the treasure", etc.).  As such, things like the SAG 4 hour minimum dont' really make sense.



In Topic: How much do programmers earn?

09 June 2014 - 03:55 PM

One note on salary surveys... 

They almost always skew high for a couple reasons

1) self reporting, people sometimes inflate their salaries

2) the people who know about and take the survey tend to be a bit savvier and more experienced (thereby skewing the survey pool towards more experienced people)

3) high-end outliers can skew averages.  


I.e if 9  people answer "50k" and one answers "250k", then the Average is $80,000, even though "50k" would be a better number.

(for that reason, the 'median' salary is a more meaningful number than 'average')

In Topic: The "Drawings -Figures" section in a patent

08 June 2014 - 05:07 PM

So how should I describe legally, two different figures that relate to the same embodiment?



Are you trying to self-file a patent?  I strongly recommend having a patent lawyer answer these specific questions.

it's a lot of effort and expense to file, and 'wording' isn't the place to try to save $$'s... :)..

In Topic: Business Start up model with Freelancer or Contractor.

25 February 2014 - 05:06 PM

As Tom says, you need to hire an attorney.  Dont just go to a web site and fill in the forms!


But you also need to decide what you want :)...

Remember, a lawyer gives you legal advice.  That is different from business advice.

A lawyer explained it to me this way.. Business decisions are yours to make, and yours alone.  What a lawyer will do is explain the legal ramifications of those decisions.


So (for example), a business decision might be "2 of us will form the company, and everyone else will be considered freelancers/contractors for the project"

The legal advice might be "well, if you do that, then you need to form the company in such and such a way, and here is an agreement your contractors need to sign, etc."

Of course, a lawyer might also offer up some business advice as well, mainly because they may have seen similar situations before, or because there are very clear legal reasons why you might want to make a particular  business decision...