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We had our own problems with Esa-Pekka Salonen, Finnish composer and former conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. I hated to ask him to sign a release form because I was afraid he would cancel the project. And that his team would make a whole bunch of (written demands). In the end everything turned out OK. But there were weeks and even months of anxiety.
Our release form is simple:
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERNI, (subject´s name), hearby give permission for Little Margie Productions to use footage taken of me for the production (name of production). These rights extend to film festivals, television, viewings and the internet.Signed: (subject´s name)
It´s a drag to ask people to sign, especially if they´re famous and you desperately want to make your doc. But a signed release can save you a whole lot of trouble. And maybe even help avoid a lawsuit.
Lesson 49: Nothing like a John Hancock to make it legal
Next week: 50 Ten Words Every Filmmaker Should Know
PS Littlemargiedoc-blog missed a week due to my Mac malfunctioning.