October 6, 2014 at 4:55PM


Lets talk legal


Do you know which sections of the federal / city / state code deal with filming in the bars?

- do I care if the alcohol bottles are clearly identified?

- do I become a "statutory employee" if a bartender who decided to be a part of the film slips and falls? (I say this goes under the bar's WC insurance, and same goes to the bar's liability insurance for any kind of third-party slip and fall.)

- we are filming on the streets and a drunk passerby starts implying we violate his rules for privacy. I just had this actually happen in a bar while storyboarding -- a 70+ guy started to get cute how I don't have the right to. I asked him to call cops if he feels that strongly.

Finally, is there a Q&A say by mayor's office giving me DOs and DONTs?

Much love!



Legal always is complicate... :S Each place hace their "rules". There cities that you must pay and others than pay you, some say with "hand camera" you don't have to ask permission and with tripod yes...

October 7, 2014 at 3:08AM

Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director

Your local film office should have the answers to most, if not all, of those questions, that's where I would ask.

October 9, 2014 at 4:31PM

John Morse
Producer + Director

I wouldn't worry so much about the labels of the bottles. That's a widely misunderstood concept with branding. It boils down to this: are you showing the "Bud" logo in a defamatory way? If not, you should be fine. Don't take my word for legal counsel, it is merely an encouragement that with a little more homework and a few boundaries, you should be okay.

January 16, 2015 at 8:31AM


To answer the guy on the street question: Post a clear and highly visible public notice around the area you are filming stating by entering the area they are giving permission for you shoot them. Take photos of where you clearly posted the notices in someone tries to say you didn't post anything. Always go on the side of caution and try not to feature someone who is not a part of your film. And if someone comes back and asks to not be included, be courteous do another take.

July 6, 2015 at 2:48PM

Matt Clark
Producer / Writer / DP

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