The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers

The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers Author Thomas A. Crowell
ISBN-10 9781136067495
Year 2012-11-12
Pages 469
Language en
Publisher Taylor & Francis
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* How can you use a state's film tax credits to fund your film? SEE PAGE 63. * You have an idea you want to pitch to a production company; how do you safeguard your concept? SEE PAGE 77. * How can you fund your production with product placement? SEE PAGE 157. * How do you get a script to popular Hollywood actors and deal with their agents? SEE PAGE 222. Find quick answers to these and hundreds of other questions in this new edition of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers. This no-nonsense reference provides fast answers in plain English-no law degree required! Arm yourself with the practical advice of author Thomas Crowell, a TV-producer-turned-entertainment-lawyer. This new edition features: * New sections on product placement, film tax credits and production incentive financing, Letters of Intent, and DIY distribution (four-walling, YouTube, Download-to-own, Amazon.com, iTunes, and Netflix) * Updated case law * Even more charts and graphics to help you find the information you need even more quickly. This book is the next best thing to having an entertainment attorney on retainer!

The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers

The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers Author Thomas A. Crowell
ISBN-10 9781136067419
Year 2012-10-02
Pages 368
Language en
Publisher Taylor & Francis
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* You have an idea you want to pitch to a production company; how do you safeguard your concept? * There's a painting in the background of your independent film; is it necessary to clear the rights? * The screenplay you and a friend wrote gets optioned; how do you split the proceeds fairly? * How do you get a script to popular Hollywood actors or deal with their agents? Find quick answers to these and hundreds of other questions in The Pocket Lawyer for Film and Video, the next best thing to having an entertainment attorney at your beck and call. Written by a TV-producer-turned-entertainment-lawyer, this no-nonsense reference provides fast answers in plain English: no law degree required! The Pocket Lawyer is designed to help producers reduce legal costs by providing the vital information needed to make informed decisions on the legal aspects of film, video, and TV productions. Film and video production is a litigation lighting rod: actors get hurt, copyrights are infringed, and contracts are broken. Big-budget producers have lawyers on retainer, but many independent filmmakers are left legally exposed. Arm yourself with the practical advice in this book. You will not only avoid common pitfalls, but become empowered in your daily work. Too many otherwise competent producers turn over every aspect of the deal negotiations to their lawyers and agents. This book explains the principal deals common to every production, putting producers back in the co-pilot seat with their representatives. The format is carefully designed for quick reference, so you get the answers you need, fast. Features include: * Clause Companion: explains the meaning and impact of typical contract clauses, taking the headache out of reading them. * F.A.Qs: instantly answers the most commonly asked legal questions. * Warnings: alerts you to critical areas and common mistakes. * Pro-Tips: advice on unions, escrow accounts, etc. for producers who want to distribute their video widely.

The Independent Film Producers Survival Guide A Business and Legal Sourcebook

The Independent Film Producers Survival Guide  A Business and Legal Sourcebook Author Gunnar Erickson
ISBN-10 9780857124982
Year 2011-08-01
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Schirmer Trade Books
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In this comprehensive guidebook, three experienced entertainment lawyers tell you everything you need to know to produce and market an independent film from the development process to deal making, financing, setting up the production, hiring directors and actors, securing location rights, acquiring music, calculating profits, digital moving making, distribution, and marketing your movie.

The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators

The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators Author Thomas A. Crowell
ISBN-10 0415661803
Year 2014
Pages 485
Language en
Publisher Focal Press
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"Since the publication of its first edition in 2007, "The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers" has quickly become one of the best-selling legal guides for independent filmmakers. Now in its second edition, "The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers" is used as a textbook in film and law schools across the country, and graces the desks of indie filmmakers and studio executives alike. Backstage Magazine calls it "An [an] excellent, potentially career-saving resource." The book's hands-on, straightforward style demystifies the complex world of contracts and copyrights so critical to the business success of any independent film. Its revolutionary combination of graphics, cross-referencing, and step-by-step explanations have been praised by filmmakers for helping them find the information they need at a glance without having to read the book cover to cover"--

Hollywood Dealmaking

Hollywood Dealmaking Author Dina Appleton
ISBN-10 9781581157369
Year 2013-12-13
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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A guide to negotiating a deal for film, television, or new media that covers key players, terminology, option-purchase rights, creating employment deals, working out distribution deals and rights, specifying net profit and box-office bonuses, and other related topics.

Copyright Law

Copyright Law Author Bruce P. Keller
ISBN-10 1402400500
Year 2001
Pages 790
Language en
Publisher Practising Law Inst
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Copyright Law clearly explains major federal copyright legislation and related court rulings, giving you the legal knowledge you need as an attorney to protect your clients? copyright interests in the real world and in the virtual world of cyberspace.

The Screenwriter s Legal Guide

The Screenwriter s Legal Guide Author Stephen F. Breimer
ISBN-10 1581150210
Year 1999-04-01
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Allworth Pr
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This guide provides advice for writers, agents, attorneys, and film studentsn all legal issues involved in the business of screenwriting. The authorives a concise explanation of the screenwriter's position in the industry,ffering an overview of contracts, options and purchase agreements, writingssignments, copyright, collaboration agreements, the producer's role, andorking with agents and lawyers. The book is designed for both fledgling andstablished writers to help them to negotiate the best deal, protect theirork, and get fair compensation for it.

Jumpstart Your Awesome Film Production Company

Jumpstart Your Awesome Film Production Company Author Sara C. Caldwell
ISBN-10 9781581154009
Year 2005
Pages 195
Language en
Publisher Allworth Communications, Inc.
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This book covers the pros and cons of starting a film production company, the importance of contacts, working with investors, finding your niche, marketing strategies and includes examples of production companies.

Filmmakers and Financing

Filmmakers and Financing Author Louise Levison
ISBN-10 9781136052095
Year 2013-01-17
Pages 302
Language en
Publisher Taylor & Francis
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The first, most crucial step in making a film is finding the funds to do it. Let Louise Levison, who wrote the innovative business plan for "The Blair Witch Project," show you how. This unique guide teaches you not only how to create a business plan, but also how to avoid common business plan mistakes, so that you can attract and secure an investor. In jargon-free terms, the author leads you through every step. Each chapter concentrates on a different section of the business plan, including the industry, marketing, financing, and distribution. Large format films, new media and shorts are also discussed. The included companion web site features supplementary exercises and spreadsheets so that you get comfortable crunching the numbers--no math degree required! The sixth edition contains completely revised and updated industry data along with updated information on distribution including online and foreign markets. Plus, new interviews and case studies with filmmakers will show you real-world examples of equity investors and markets.

The American Bar Association s Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking

The American Bar Association s Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking Author Michael C. Donaldson
ISBN-10 1627229272
Year 2015-06-07
Pages 220
Language en
Publisher Amer Bar Assn
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This book is the perfect resource for burgeoning film artists with an idea, in need of a guide to get them through inception. It s a practical, prescriptive book with all the contracts, employment and nondisclosure agreements, and licensing deals you ll need. Each chapter contains a general road map for the phase of filmmaking covered by that chapter, including the relevant forms and contracts, which come with plenty of explanatory info and some select negotiating tips."

The Complete Film Production Handbook

The Complete Film Production Handbook Author Eve Light Honthaner
ISBN-10 9781136053054
Year 2013-09-23
Pages 496
Language en
Publisher Taylor & Francis
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This book is for working film/TV professionals and students alike. If you're a line producer, production manager, production supervisor, assistant director or production coordinator--the book has everything you'll need (including all the forms, contracts, releases and checklists) to set up and run a production--from finding a production office to turning over delivery elements. Even if you know what you're doing, you will be thrilled to find everything you need in one place. If you're not already working in film production, but think you'd like to be, read the book -- and then decide. If you choose to pursue this career path, you'll know what to expect, you'll be prepared, and you'll be ten steps ahead of everyone else just starting out. New topics and information in the fourth edition include: * Low-budget independent films, including documentaries and shorts * Information specific to television production and commercials * The industry's commitment to go green and how to do it * Coverage of new travel and shipping regulations * Updated information on scheduling, budgeting, deal memos, music clearances, communications, digital production, and new forms throughout

Contracts for the Film Television Industry

Contracts for the Film   Television Industry Author Mark Litwak
ISBN-10 1935247077
Year 2012
Pages 483
Language en
Publisher
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Contracts for the Film and Television Industry is an invaluable collection of sample entertainment contracts accompanied by legalese-free discussions of their key concepts and terms. The third edition of this popular handbook is revised and expanded (adding 18 new contracts) making it the ultimate entertainment-law guide for all independent filmmakers, who, armed with it, can save themselves thousands of dollars in legal fees. Contracts for the Film and Television Industry contains 80 contracts covering: Basic provisions of entertainment contracts; Depiction and copyright releases; Literary submissions and sales; Artist employment; Collaborations; Music; Financing; Production; Distribution and exhibition; Merchandising; Retainers; and much more, including a glossary of relevant terms.

The Producer s Business Handbook

The Producer s Business Handbook Author John J. Lee, Jr.
ISBN-10 9781136050657
Year 2012-08-06
Pages 267
Language en
Publisher Taylor & Francis
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This book is the bible for independent film producers on how to set up, finance, and run a successful and ongoing film development/production company or single-picture film.

Dealmaking in the Film Television Industry

Dealmaking in the Film   Television Industry Author Mark Litwak
ISBN-10 OSU:32437122839315
Year 2009
Pages 468
Language en
Publisher
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Dealmaking—the popular, award-winning “self-defense” book for everyone working in the film and television industry—is now updated to include the latest legal rulings and entertainment technology developments. Addressing a general, non-attorney readership, it is a fascinating, highly accessible guide to current entertainment law's peculiarities, “creative” practices, and practical applications. Armed with Dealmaking, filmmakers can save themselves thousands of dollars in legal fees as they navigate the shark-infested waters of the entertainment business. Whether you're a producer, writer, director, or actor, Mark Litwak will help you make the most of your business dealings while steering you clear of the many contractual traps that may await you.

Set Lighting Technician s Handbook

Set Lighting Technician s Handbook Author Harry Box
ISBN-10 9781136046575
Year 2013-05-02
Pages 568
Language en
Publisher Taylor & Francis
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Comprehensive. Detailed. Practical. Set Lighting Technician's Handbook, Fourth Edition, is a friendly, hands-on manual covering the day-to-day practices, equipment, and tricks of the trade essential to anyone doing motion picture lighting, including the lamp operator, rigging crew, gaffer, best boy, or director of photography. This handbook offers a wealth of practical technical information, useful techniques, as well as aesthetic discussions. The Set Lighting Technician's Handbook focuses on what is important when working on-set: trouble-shooting, teamwork, set protocol, and safety. It describes tricks and techniques for operating a vast array of lighting equipment including LEDs, xenons, camera synchronous strobes, black lights, underwater units, lighting effects units, and many others. Since its first edition, this handy on-set reference continues to be widely adopted as a training and reference manual by union training programs as well as top university film production programs. New to the fourth edition: * Detailed information on LED technology and gear * Harmonized with union safety and training procedures * All the latest and greatest DMX gadgets, including remote control systems * Many new and useful lights and how to use them and troubleshoot them. * New additions to the arsenal of electrical distribution equipment that make our sets safer and easier to power. * More rigging tricks and techniques. * the same friendly, easy to read style that has made this book so popular.