Friday, July 01, 2005

Delegating and Permission Forms

I must delegate more, or at least that’s what everyone keeps telling me. Now if there just a few more people to delegate to.

As neither of the wardrobe people can figure out the embroidery software demo, I’ve decided to get the artwork digitized vs me learning yet another software program. Frankly I just don’t have the time. We chose, an internet site that came highly recommended and it turned out they did a great job. They also were fine signing a release that states we can show the embroidered logo in the film. Some people think it’s over kill to get them to sign a release, but technically, they digitized the image and possibly could pursue legal action without a release. I’m being extra careful to get permission for every item that appears in the film, just in case. An Alberta company named Mr. Goodbar, makes the security bars in the house where we filmed and the owner was surprised when we asked for permission. After considering every item that might appear in a film, he was astounded at the pile of permissions we must have had to get. It is a rather full binder, but I was also careful to use as many unidentifiable items as possible. No fabric patterns, no wallpaper, no copyrighted artwork. More than half of Search Dog’s Raven takes place out in the mountains, so you would think that significantly reduces the need for permission. Not so. Scenery has restrictions, and though we were lucky to get permission to film in Kananaskis Wilderness, Banff and Jasper National Parks, there were limitations. For example, we couldn’t film any buildings or signs. This includes road signs. We also couldn’t have any helicopters or trained wolves in the National Park areas. But luckily trees don’t have copyright or trademarks. At least not yet.


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