Once the permits are filled out, they must be sent to ACTRA direct along with your Agent authorization form. This form directs all of your union mail, T4’s, cheques etc. to your Agency. This is necessary to ensure the cheque amounts are correct, commission owed is documented for you so there are no misunderstandings. Some Agencies will cash your cheques and send you your portion, other Agencies (Filmcomm) will allow you to cash your own cheques and invoice you for their portion. Every agency has their own policies regarding how they handle union cheques.
There is always an ACTRA steward assigned to each project to answer any questions you have regarding permit amounts etc.
Ensuring that your permits are applied for BEFORE you start filming will ensure no delay with your payments.