Know Your Rights As A Filmmaker!

Entertainment Attorney Gordon P. Firemark teaches legal essentials for documentary filmmakers

What's Inside

  • Foundational Business Principles for Filmmaking

  • Securing Your Film's Chain of Title, Identifying and Addressing Rights Issues

  • Strategies for Using Copyrighted Material, When to Rely on the Doctrine of Fair Use (and when not to)

  • Obtaining Necessary Releases and Permits - Dealing With Rights of Privacy & Publicity, Avoiding Claims of Defamation

  • Addressing Personnel Issues, Types of Insurance Required for Film Production

  • Fundamental Terms Of The Distribution Agreement, The Revenue "Waterfall"

Don't Let Costly Legal Mistakes Doom Your Documentary

With Documentary Legal & Business Essentials, you get access to a 6-part (21 videos) legal training series covering THE most essential legal issues filmmakers need to know during the making of a documentary. 

These topics have been specifically curated for documentary filmmakers by entertainment lawyer Gordon Firemark.

The course is offered in a quick & easy format with videos, fun quizzes and downloads. 

The goal is not to turn you into a lawyer, but to give you the necessary insight to help you avoid the most common legal issues that get filmmakers in trouble.

As an extra bonus, get access to a growing database of 60+ legal Q&As for added context and clarification. Questions such as "Can I use video from YouTube in my documentary?" or "Is it ok to use a newspaper article or headline in my documentary?"

You have lifetime access so you can refer back to the course, as long as you need to, throughout the making of your film.


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Why It's Important To Get Things Right

Getting a film MADE is a huge accomplishment. But it does no good for anyone, if the film never sees the light of day. 

Getting distribution is the key to securing a return on your (and your financiers’) investment. 

Too often, however, filmmakers encounter problems on the eve of distribution because they don't have their business and legal affairs in order. This costs them time, money, sleepless nights, and may even lead to whole projects being “shelved." 

These aspects of filmmaking are just as important to a film's success as the creative. And for the creative-minded filmmaker, they can be downright daunting. 

But they don't have to be. 

Entertainment Attorney Gordon P. Firemark has created this practical legal resource to give filmmakers THE most essential information needed to make smart, practical business decisions at each stage of the documentary process -- from conception and development of the idea, through production, post, and into distribution. 

A one-hour legal consultation can cost $575+/per hour. And one mess-up could cost you thousands of dollars in legal fees, not to mention all the headaches, sleepless nights and lost revenue.

With the Documentary Legal & Business Essentials Course, you'll have peace of mind that you've covered your bases and avoid unnecessary legal surprises.

About Attorney Gordon P. Firemark

Attorney At Law

Gordon P. Firemark

Mr. Firemark is an entertainment attorney based in California and also teaches Entertainment Law in Columbia College Hollywood's film program. He's the producer and host of Entertainment Law Update, a podcast for artists and professionals in the entertainment industries and the author of The Podcast, Blog and New Media Producer’s Legal Survival Guide. The Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark cover intellectual property, cyberspace, new media and business/corporate matters for clients in the entertainment industry. More Info: Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark; Theatre, Film, TV & New Media

What Students Are Saying

"Worth the investment"

Leonard Smith III/Documentary Filmmaker

"This came at the perfect time. It's worth the investment if you are serious about filmmaking."

6-Part Training Series (21 videos, 60+ Q&As) Documentary Legal & Business Essentials

From The Offices of Entertainment Attorney Gordon P. Firemark

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