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The Independent Filmmaker's Law and Business Guide
The Independent Filmmaker's Law and Business Guide

The Independent Filmmaker's Law and Business Guide

Financing, Shooting, and Distributing Independent Films and Series


488 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $35.00 (US $35.00) (CA $47.00)

Publication Date: August 2021

ISBN 9781641604246

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Aug 2021)


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Practical advice for the aspiring director, producer, or screenwriter

Today's independent and digital filmmaking demands a clear guide to the business and legal aspects of the art. What fundraising options are available to a filmmaker? When should a filmmaker establish a corporation or limited liability company? How do screenwriters protect their work? What are a director's legal obligations to the producer, cast, and crew--and what are their obligations in return? This indispensable resource addresses the legal, financial, and organizational questions that an independent or guerrilla filmmaker must face, and the problems that will doom a project if left unanswered. It demystifies issues such as founding a film company, obtaining financing, preparing a budget, securing locations, shooting, granting screen credits, and distributing, exhibiting, and marketing a film. Newly updated and expanded, this third edition explores concepts such as integrating social media; crowd funding and nonprofit status funding; diversity, inclusion, and compensation equity; and distribution via streaming services. Appendixes provide sample contracts and riders, copyright circulars, Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, and more.


"This is the best one volume legal and business guide for independent film-making that I've come across (not that you shouldn't read others.) Garon covers all of the bases from conception of a project and formation of the venture through distribution of the finished film. Add a decent book of form contracts (and specific legal advice when you need it) and you are ready to start production." —Patrick, Goodreads  

Author Biography

Jon M. Garon is director of the Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity, and Technology Law Program at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, where he is a tenured full professor teaching Constitutional Law, Contracts, Privacy Law, Entertainment Law, and Intellectual Property Licensing, and a wide range of additional courses. He is a nationally recognized authority on entertainment law, copyright, information privacy, technology regulation, and free speech. He has published over 50 books, book chapters, and academic articles, and he has presented at more than 300 programs.