NEW! Documentary Legal Forms and Contracts for Post-Production
A packet of essential legal forms and contracts for use during the post-production phase of making a documentary.
- Voice Talent Agreement
- Music Master Use License
- Music Synchronization License
- Music Composer Agreement - (work for hire)
- Music Composer Agreement - (License style)
- 3rd Party Content License for Clips, Artwork, Products, Brands, etc.
Created exclusively for Desktop Documentaries by Entertainment Attorney Gordon Firemark.
Have the confidence that these forms are created and vetted by an entertainment attorney specifically for documentary filmmakers.
- Voice Talent Agreement - Use this form to engage the services of a Voice-Over artist or offscreen narrator for your film.
- Music Master Use License - Use this form for each piece of recorded music not owned by the film’s producer. Typically, musical sound recordings (called “Masters”) are owned by the record company that released them.
- Music Synchronization License - Use this form for each musical composition not owned by the film’s producer. Typically, musical compositions are owned by either the songwriter/composer or the music publishing companies with which they’ve contracted.
- Music Composer Agreement (work for hire) - Use this form when engaging the services of a composer who will be creating the score for the film as a work-made-for-hire.
- Music Composer Agreement (license style) - Use this form when engaging a composer to create original musical material, but under circumstances (typically budgetary) dictating that the composer (rather than the Producer) will retain ownership of the compositions, and is thus granting the Producer a mere license for its use in the film.
- 3rd Party Content License for Clips, Artwork, Products, Brands, etc. - Use this form whenever a film will include content not owned by or created by/for the producer, such material should be “cleared” for inclusion. Such material can include literary, artistic, video, audio, photographs, album covers, posters, newspaper and magazine mastheads or covers, etc.
**All forms come in Microsoft Word for easy editing.
Are these legals forms applicable to filmmakers outside of the United States?
Gordon P. Firemark: "I think they’re fine for filmmakers everywhere, but I can only vouch for their full effect in the US. I’m not licensed anywhere else, and the US has some freedoms not found everywhere. 1st Amendment isn’t absolute, so I don’t wish to give an opinion beyond the borders of the US."
Specifically regarding whether the forms would work in Canada:
Gordon P. Firemark: "Mostly, yes, but I always advise checking with a local attorney, in case there are special issues in local law."
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