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It is not uncommon for motion pictures, news programs, TV shows, commercials, documentaries, and student films to use real locations during the production process. In addition to giving the project an air of authenticity, using actual locations can sometimes reduce production costs by eliminating the need to hire art directors and set designers. Property owners, too, can benefit by charging to allow filming on their grounds or by using the production to promote their business. However, there are inherent risks to both parties when filming on location, risks that do not necessarily exist within the controlled confines of a closed set. It is recommended that a well-drafted location release is completed before filming begins in a new location in order to minimize these risks. With a location release in hand, a filmmaker or production company has the permission needed to film on a specific property. Furthermore, the location release gives the filmmaker or production company ownership of any images of that property that appear in the footage. A location release also limits the property owner's responsibility for injuries or other damage occurring on his or her property during filming. Finally, the release gives the owner assurances that the property will be returned in the same condition as prior to filming. LegalZoom's Location Release provides a good starting point for helping you determine an arrangement that works for both parties: the filmmakers and the property owners. Download the release today to begin spelling out each party's duties and expectations, and to address any liability issues.
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