October 10th, 2011, 06:44 PM
Ok, when shooring out int he public; city streets, parks, etc. for commercial work, I know I need modle releases.
For documentary work, not so much?
What about an Indie Short?
October 10th, 2011, 10:07 PM
You might want to consult a lawyer for your specific case. Generally, if one is using a product for commercial purposes, then one needs to get a model release signed.
October 11th, 2011, 08:25 AM
Everyone does and at least should know that a lawyer is always going to be the definitive answer, but thats not why folks generally ask questions on forums such as these.
It's a Indie Short - and by definition the budgets are short as well (if they even exist) - legal is typically last on the list.
I'm asking here because I want feedback from those that already have experience with this subject - hmm... EVERYONE who has ever created a short "has" had to ask themselves this question?
So what was their answer - if it was a lawyer - can they share what they were told? If not, what did they do is anything? If nothing, have they had any repercussions form not getting releases? etc...
October 13th, 2011, 06:25 PM
Well it's usually about money - if you're going to make money, you need releases.
That said, I would always get a release for every recognizable face in every video that I will show in public - internet or in person.
A lawyer named James Bingham will create a custom template for perhaps $75:
jbingham (AT) estreet.com