Screenplay Clearance Report

Prior to production, you should have your entertainment attorney prepare a screenplay clearance report. Essentially, this report details potential legal problem areas in the screenplay. The report should combine the efforts of a copyright records search to identify conflicting copyright ownership and infringement issues, and a compre- hensive legal analysis to identify other intellectual property, defamation, and liability The report should alert you to the following legal issues, if present...

Certificate Of Authorship

A Certificate of Authorship is a key document in the chain of title of a motion picture. This is a notarized statement by the writer identifying the author of the script. In the case of a work made for hire, the script's author is considered to be the production company. A certificate should be executed by all of the script's authors. I, writer's name certify that I have written the attached screenplay as a work made for hire for production company's name , pursuant to that writer's services...

The Screen Actors Guild

Hands down, the thing that is most likely to get your film sold is having a known actor or actress as your lead. Your brother your film's major investor may be a wonderful actor, but unless he has had a recurring role in a television series or at least a supporting role in a feature film, he will not help you sell your movie. Sure there are exceptions to this rule for instance, the three lead actors in the movie The Blair Witch Project did not have substantial television and film credits prior...