Film Maker Resources

Release Forms

Obtaining proper writer permissions Is the responsibility of each film maker. A video release form is also known as an Appearance Release form. It is a simple contract that gives you legal permission to use the image of the person or use the location.

A good video release form:

  • Specifies what is being released (video images, audio, photographs).
  • Specifies that the videographer may sell or assign the right to use the images or other materials to third parties.
  • Specifies that the release is irrevocable. Otherwise, the release could be terminated by the person giving it at any time.
  • Is signed and dated by the individual releasing his/her images. If the subject is a minor (under 18 years old), the release should be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Is in writing.

The following is an example of a simple video release form:

Copyright Information

You can learn more about copyright at the following links:

Useful Sites

Editing Software

  • The recommended film editing software used by many professionals include Adobe Premiere (or the lower cost Premiere Elements) and After Effects.
  • Lightworks has also become very popular since the release of an open source (free version). Lightworks has been used to edit many Hollywood feature films. It does require a license fee to use some codecs that are the native format of current video cameras and the program also requires a fairly powerful computer and/or video card.

Learning Material

  • Video Copilot: This website is great for begginers, they have hundreds of free tutorials on how to get the most out of your video. Everything from basic color grading to 3D explosions:- A must see!
  • CreativeCow: If you cant find it on this website then chances are its not worth seeing. You can browse the tutorials by category of software authored by professionals from around the world:- Thousands of tutorials!