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Producing an Indie film

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  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,555 points)
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    May 19, 2012 10:52 AM (in response to skier1260)

    skier1260 wrote:


    I read somwhere that if a song was created pre-1970s then you do not have license it, is this true? I can't remember where I read it.


    Many Thanks,

    You must have the permission from the author to use any music.

    In the UK,  the duration of copyright for musical  works last 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies. Copyright is comonly held by many authors; music, lyrics, producers, performers distrubution comanies to name a few.


    I implore you to check the law in your own country as a producer, you have a deplorable lack of understanding of copyright.

  • cosmichobo Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)
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    May 19, 2012 3:55 PM (in response to skier1260)

    For what it's worth...


    You also need releases from all your actors, agreeing for you to use their sound/image.


    You also likely need releases from the owners of the locations you film in, and/or permits if filming in public places...


    And contracts for the crew, I imagine in this case, stating that they volunteered their time, or will be paid should the film happen to make money.


    These are the types of things that will stop someone from taking your film global, should they see one of your self-published DVDs. 

  • Warren Heaton Level 3 Level 3 (540 points)
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    May 21, 2012 8:30 AM (in response to cosmichobo)

    Did someone mention error and omissions (E&O) insurance yet?  Just soemthing else to have and keep track of along the business side of filmmaking.

  • Warren Heaton Level 3 Level 3 (540 points)
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    May 21, 2012 8:42 AM (in response to skier1260)

    Hi Tyler:


    As the topic of this thread has bounced around, I noticed that no one seems to have addressed your field rendering order question.


    If you want the DVD-Video content that you've authored to be to DVD specifications (which, well, you _should_ want this), then you need to conform your video stream (the MPEG2) to either NTSC or PAL standards.  So, to comply with NTSC MPEG2, your video stream would need to be 720x480 lower field first.  Your edited 24p master should go through 3-2 pulldown so that it's running at 60i.  I allow for three files in my workflow: the 1080p24 HD master (usually Apple ProRes 422), then the 480i60 master (usually Apple ProRes 422, but sometimes DV-NTSC) and then the the MPEG2 480i60 encode.


    On a side note, not all SD video is lower field first.  D1-PAL, for example, is upper field first.  Also, it's common to find older analog to digital transfers (VHS, Hi8, 3/4", and Beta to Radius VideoVision, Targe2000, or Avid AVR) to be upper field first.






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