The legal protection that you need on a short film is much different than the type of lawyer you need for feature film production. In this brief tutorial, we'll look at the types of contracts, business entities, and insurance - including errors and omissions insurance - that you will need if you are producing a feature film.
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- In the last chapter we talked about…legal obligations that arise…when you produce a short film.…But everything is significantly…more risky with feature films…because there's so much more money involved.…If there's a contract dispute on a short film,…for example, it's probably not going to go to court.…There's just not that much money to sue over.…But when you have a budget…that's in the millions of dollars,…like even low budget features have,…then that becomes something…worth going to court over if somebody…gets cheated.…In the last chapter I also mentioned…that I created The Assurance with my company,…Movies & Computers, which is a…limited liability company…often abbreviated as LLC.…
But in the world of features…each film needs to be its own LLC.…So it's like the movie is a business.…This is done not just for the legal protection…of the producers and those involved…with the film,…but it's also a standard practice…when turning the film over to distributors.…They want to know that all the…legal rights for the film are…
Creating a Short Film is a 13-part training series that features some of the best actors and crew in the Seattle area, sharing their expertise on how to create a brilliant short film. The series is not just conceptual; author Chad Perkins and his team make a short film, The Assurance, and share the actual struggles and challenges that they had to overcome to get the film made. In this installment, Chad covers the basics of producing, the process that kicks off every new film, and sees it through to completion. Learn about the role of the producer, the difference between producing shorts and features, and what you should look for when selecting a producer for your script—or when you're a producer looking for the next great film idea.
Make sure to look for the follow-up episodes to learn more about screenwriting, directing, working with actors, editing and visual effects, and everything else that goes into filmmaking. This is a one-of-a-kind educational experience you won't find anywhere else.
- Starting a film project
- Finding financing
- Dealing with legal issues
- Producing shorts vs. feature films
- Learning from failure