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March 23, 2020
Since we’re all inside working on screenplays (right?), we’re re-sharing this 2015  MovieMaker posts on one of the most common
November 6, 2017
Q: I did CGI work for a film and our contract states that they don’t acquire the copyright in my
September 19, 2017
Q: I wrote a novel about a fictional reality TV dating show that bears similarities to The Bachelor and other
August 2, 2017
Q: I was booked as a makeup artist on a production for the month of August. I signed a written
July 25, 2017
When I was in film school many years ago, a rumor developed that the school owned the films we made
May 8, 2017
Q: A producer recently approached me with a finished pilot script and asked me to write the rest of the
April 6, 2017
Q: I’m friends with a semi-famous musician and she’s helping me writing a biopic about her life. I was told
March 3, 2017
Q: I’m making a film and I’d like to use a quote from a famous person in the script. Are
February 9, 2017
Q: Is there some way to ensure that I receive a “written by” or “screenplay by” credit when the client
December 1, 2016
I used to be terrified of negotiating—my instinct was to immediately acquiesce and avoid the hassle. So when I meet
October 31, 2016
Q: As a producer, what are my rights when filming a documentary subject as he confronts a criminal about a
October 4, 2016
Q: Who owns the copyright to a script when it’s based off someone else’s originally created characters? Should the screenwriter
September 29, 2016
This situation is probably familiar to you: You don’t own it and you need to use it. Most films use
September 15, 2016
Q: I wrote a screenplay and got a producer interested. He said he could generate interest in getting it funded.
August 23, 2016
Also known as “Contracts or it didn’t happen,” this practice might help you get out of jail—or at least sleep
August 17, 2016
Q: I am writing a film based on a documentary I wrote, produced and directed in 2005. When I made
July 27, 2016
Q: I’m a foreign national and I would like to send my film to festivals inside and outside the United
June 28, 2016
Q: Our short film is now in post and we plan to submit it to festivals. I wrote the script
May 18, 2016
Q: I’m writing a pilot for a TV workplace comedy and my characters work for a low-rent competitor of a
April 18, 2016
Q: I’m an amateur filmmaker who recently made a film that uses the Gary Jules cover of Tears for Fears’
March 2, 2016
Q: I was hired to work on a film as a DP and the contract stated that it was a
January 14, 2016
Q: I was just asked by a producer to work for free on an indie film, but he promised that
November 28, 2015
Q: What rights does the subject of a documentary film have if the film falls apart? As with all things
October 7, 2015
Q: Last year, I joined a small team as an actor producing a not-very-good TV show. At the end of