January 12, 2017 at 12:57AM, Edited January 12, 1:05AM
Use release forms! But what about getting a lawyer's opinion?
I've made a couple music videos in the past, but I've never thought about liability until recently. I'm looking at shooting another one this summer with an upcoming summer camp run by a non-profit (Civil Air Patrol) as the subject matter, and I'm figuring out how to handle getting appearance release forms.
So, I've tailored one of the many you can find on the internet (and added parts of a few others), but I really don't feel comfortable using it without the input of a lawyer. I've found that, out of all the articles and forum posts about this, everyone says to get releases signed, but almost no one follows that up by suggesting that those releases should be check by a lawyer. Is it not really that necessary? I assume that, if you have the money, you should probably seek advice, but I don't think I can afford the expense.
So what do no-budget filmmakers do? Do people really just make the best release forms they can and hope that there aren't any holes in them, or should you really go to a lawyer to get your forms looked over?