While lead actors are usually paid well above the minimum sag, the lowest thing you can pay to major actors under this deal is the availability of a variety of casting incentives under this deal. SAG-AFTRA offers low-budget filmmakers a casting incentive that can increase the maximum total production costs and thus increase them in the area of film deals, which would increase the rates and other payments that a low-budget film might not be able to afford. To see what qualifies as part of the diversity adjustment, see Section 3(a) of the Low Budget Agreement. July Meeting on wages and working conditions on Zoom. The low-budget deal applies to films shot entirely in the United States with a total budget of less than $2,000,000, but more than $700,000 and are scheduled for the cinema`s first launch.