Production Articles

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ARTICLES AND RESOURCES TO PUT YOU IN THE KNOW!

Here are curated articles full of useful intel about production and clearance.
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20 Life-Saving Tips for Indie Filmmaking from the Co-Founder of Slamdance
https://nofilmschool.com/2016/06-27/indie-filmmaking-tips-dan-mirvish-cheerful-subversive-guide 

Understanding the 5 stages of Indie Film Production (Indie Film Hustle)
https://indiefilmhustle.com/5-stages-indie-film-production/

Attention, Filmmakers: Here’s What You Need To Know About Malpractice Insurance (IndieWire)
https://www.indiewire.com/2015/08/attention-filmmakers-heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-malpractice-insurance-59131/ 

Legally Speaking, It Depends – Clearances (Script Mag)
https://scriptmag.com/legally-speaking-it-depends-christopher-schiller/clearances 

Cinema Law: What You Should Know About Using Other Peoples’ Quotes In Your Film (MovieMaker)
https://www.moviemaker.com/what-to-know-using-peoples-quotes-film/ 

Errors & Omissions & Rights, Oh My! A Guide to Protecting Your Film (International Documentary Association)
https://www.documentary.org/feature/errors-omissions-rights-oh-my-guide-protecting-your-film 

Clearances (Line Producing)
http://www.lineproducing.com/clearances 

Managing Content in the Frame: Script Clearance, Background Copyrights and Third-Party Ownership Rights (Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell)
http://www.gcglaw.com/resources/entertainment/filmcontent.html 

 

Film Lawsuits

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FILM LAWSUITS IN THE NEWS

Thinking of shooting your film without a script clearance report and errors & omissions insurance? You may be inviting a film lawsuit. These articles describe film lawsuits involving intellectual property, copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, defamation, rights and permissions, etc. Note that some of these earlier cases have since been resolved or updated.  All links open in a new window or tab.

No sponsorship or endorsement with regard to sites linked to is intended or implied. IndieClear did not perform script clearance for any of these projects and was not a party to any film lawsuit.


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Filmmaker Resources

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INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER RESOURCES

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The filmmaker resources listed here have experience working with independent filmmakers. Their listings are provided for informational purposes only and are not meant as an endorsement by IndieClear. All links open in a new window or tab.






PRODUCTION ATTORNEYS

Culhane Meadows PLLC Sekou Campbell
Blake & Wang, P.A.
Keith E. Cooper, Esq.
Greg S. Bernstein
Michael Norman Saleman
Zuber & Tailleau LLP

 

PRODUCTION INSURANCE

DeWitt Stern Group
D.R. Reiff & Associates
Front Row Insurance Brokers
Momentous Insurance Brokerage
Truman Van Dyke Company
Walterry

RIGHTS CLEARANCE

What are the rules for the printing, publishing and illustration of U.S. currency? (Secret Service FAQ)
Bound By Law (free comic book about intellectual property law and filmmaking)
Copyright Term & the Public Domain
Fair Use in Visual Arts: FAQ
Moving Image Library (free movies, films, and videos from the Internet Archive)
The Fair Use App (An Interactive Guide for Filmmakers and Video Creators)

MUSIC CLEARANCE & LICENSING

ASCAP title search
Jingle Punks (search engine for affordable songs for film)
Moby tracks for your film - free!
MPA music publisher search
SESAC repertory search

TITLE REPORT

Culhane Meadows PLLC Sekou Campbell
Law Offices of Dennis Angel

PUBLICITY

BitTorrent: boon to independent filmmakers

MICROSTOCK PHOTOGRAPHY

50 Top Rated Websites for Royalty Free Stock Images
Can Stock Photography
1 million copyright-free antique illustrations (British Library)
Big Stock Photo
Can Stock Photography
Dreamstime
Dollar Photo Club
Fotolia
Fotosearch
iStockphoto
morgueFile
Shutterstock

SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS

Film Independent—Supports the West Coast independent filmmaker community. Produces the Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Filmmaker—The magazine of independent film. A quarterly publication of IFP.
Independent Feature Project—The source for independent filmmakers. IFP has branches in Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Phoenix, & Seattle.
MovieMaker—The art and business of making movies.
Women In Film—Empowers, promotes, nurtures, and mentors women in the film industry.

PRODUCTION CREW/VENDORS

Creative Handbook—Production resource listing vendors, locations, and incentives worldwide.
DM Design Associates—Poster design.