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    If I have my actors sign an appearance release form since they are all teenagers, what do I need to do for it to be legal? Is just printing forms out myself enough, or is it more complicated than that? How do I make the forms legal?

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    If the actors are under 18 their parent or legal guardian have to sign the release also. No one under 18 can enter into a legal binding contract.

    There are a number of places you can get legal forms and forms other filmmakers are using. Just do a search on Google for them and you will find them. The sonnyboo website has some you can use. Peter has a number of resources for indie filmmakers.

    Be SURE you understand the legal jargon on the forms. If you don't understand it all then you need to have a lawyer explain it for you.



    • #3
      In California, legally you're also supposed to have a studio teacher on set. Studio teachers are expensive though. Good luck finding one for less than $200 a day regardless of the budget of your film.