11   Legal

Lawyers are our friends, and they are here to protect us and look out for our best interest (and I have some swamp land to sell you …). No, seriously, attorneys are an important part of any movie or TV project. And, it is important to know when they need to be consulted and the most cost-effective way to work with them. We are going to guide you in this area.

Some of the suggestions in this chapter may save you from expensive and embarrassing legal hassles. Some are just common sense and “cover yourself” kinds of stuff. But, it’s good sometimes to be reminded about the legal ramifications and the responsibilities that go with the job.

Sooner or later one or more lawyers will be involved in some phase of your project’s postproduction ...

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