The First Step

The first fundamental step to producing a film, is securing the rights to the relevant property. Without the rights, not only can you not legally make the film, you don’t have any power or leverage over anyone who has the same ability to make your film. When you decide to make a film, you have to trace the story back to its first original tangible format and attain the rights to that format. The format can be a book, an article, a script, a song, a poem, or any other piece of tangible literature. For example, if you wanted to make a film based on a novel you read, you must attain the rights to that novel before proceeding with your film. If you wanted to make a film about someone’s life story, you would need to own his/her life rights. If you came up with an idea for a film, you must have the idea written in the form of an outline, treatment or script, and attain the rights. All the aforementioned types or rights and formats will be explained in further detail in later sections.

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