March 15, 2015 at 8:08AM


Using a shot from Nosferatu

Hi everyone!
I'm writing my next short film which I'm sure it's going to ROCK! But I have a small issue that could affect the whole story.
The main character is watching TV, the 1922, F. W. Murnau movie Nosferatu to be precise. This moment is a big turning point in the story and I really need this shot, there's no way around.
So, here's my question. Can I use a shot of this movie? Do I have to pay any rights for it? Who do I need to ask?
I've been looking around internet and I saw that in the US this movie does not have any rights (public domain) but ... what about the rest of the world? Is there any website I could check?
I'll appreciate your inputs on this fellow movie makers!!!

PS.The shot will be less than 10 seconds


You can ask the publisher the Film Arts Guild if you could purchase the rights.
On its IMDB page, there is a list of distributors you can contact. Some of them own the rights to re-release the DVD. It might be a good start to reach the original rights owner.
I think it depends on the project. If it was an indie, you can tell them to give you permission (I tried it few times to get song rights for soundtrack).

March 17, 2015 at 1:55PM

Myrdal Muda
Student Filmmaker

Thanks a lot Myrdal!! I'll try that!

March 20, 2015 at 8:11AM


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