Documentary Legal Forms & Contracts [Starter Pack]

Documentary Legal Forms and Contracts

A Starter Pack of Essential Legal Forms and Contracts | Developed by Gordon P. Firemark

Documentary Legal Forms and Contracts [Starter Pack]

A starter pack of essential legal forms and contracts specifically designed for documentary filmmakers. Packet includes the most commonly needed releases and contracts during the making of a documentary.

Packet Includes:

  • Talent Release

  • Location Release

  • Materials Release

  • Group Release

  • Extra/Background Release

  • Poster-Style Release For Shooting In Public Spaces

  • Crew Deal Memo

  • Bonus Form: Depiction Release (Life Rights Option)


Created exclusively for Desktop Documentaries by Entertainment Attorney Gordon Firemark.

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How To Use The Forms

  • Talent Release Form - ie Personal Release Form, use this for your interviews.

  • Materials Release Form - Use this form whenever you are including photographs, paintings, sculpture, other artwork, documents or artifacts in your film.

  • Location Release Form - Use this for permission to shoot on private property.

  • Group Release -Use when depicting larger groups, such as a club, athletic team, choir, etc.

  • Extra/Background Release - For persons who appear in the background of a shot or scene, but who are not the focal point or subject of the footage in question.

  • Poster Release - This is a poster-size release you should use when filming in public spaces where numerous people may be entering and exiting the frame. Examples: Public Parks, Government Buildings and surrounding areas, Shopping Centers, Malls, Sports arenas, and the like. (Note that location releases may be required for some of these kinds of places)

  • Crew Deal Memo - Use this release for all crew members working on the film. This includes volunteers, Production Assistants, etc., whether in the office, or on-set, who work during any phase of production, from development through post-production.


**All forms come in Word for easy editing.

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