Drawing up contracts...

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Nintembo
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Hi,

I have organised some video shoots for next year - interviewing talent.

Mow, sometime last year, all I had was a verbal agreement under a similar situation and things went pear shaped. There were a group of interviewees who suddenly decided on the day they wanted money to be interviewed....

That's why to avoid this again, I want to draw up some contracts to sign, complete with a pre paid nominal fee which will be signed for.

Does anybody have any advise, or website links so I can get a good official, air tight contract agreement.

Thanks!

Christian Lett
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http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=talent+release+form&btnG=Search&meta=

For some example talent release forms. Modify as required, with reference to any fee paid.

Christian Lett After Effects and Maya Artist www.quarterlightpictures.com

Nintembo
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Hi,

Thanks for the link Christian, but I wasn't refering to a release form - but a contract that will make sure they actualy go through with the interview...

Christian Lett
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Ah, my bad. Apologies.

Once again, I think a lawyer is your best bet - this time an entertainment lawyer. That way you'll get a contract drawn up that's legally watertight, and will include things like penalty clauses and indemnity. The downside is that it's usually expensive!

Christian Lett After Effects and Maya Artist www.quarterlightpictures.com

Nintembo
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Christian Lett wrote:
Ah, my bad. Apologies.

Once again, I think a lawyer is your best bet - this time an entertainment lawyer. That way you'll get a contract drawn up that's legally watertight, and will include things like penalty clauses and indemnity. The downside is that it's usually expensive!

Yeah that's the problem, unfortunatly we are a very low budget outlet, lucky enough to deal with some pretty big-ish talent.

Are there any sites that you know of that will have a sound contract which I can alter somewhat?

Thaknks Christian!

Richard Loxley
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"The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook" has a number of sample contracts in its appendix, which may be useful.

The latest edition is about £25, or you can pick up a second hand copy for about £15 or so. Or maybe request it from your local library?

The book itself is also a very entertaining and informative read.