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Actor’s Release Form

By Greg Pak
Here’s an actors/extras release form I’ve used in the past. It’s a bit more comprehensive than some others I’ve seen. Please note that presents these forms for reference only and takes no responsibility for their use. As always, consult a lawyer before using if you have doubts.
I hereby irrevocably grant to __________________ (herein “Producer”) and any parent, subsidiary and affiliated corporations and their respective successors, assigns, licensees, employees and agents, the right in perpetuity thoughout the universe, and in all now known and hereafter existing media, and in any language, to use my name (including any fictitious names heretofore or hereafter used by me), physical likeness and/or voice in and in connection with the production, exhibition, exploitation, merchandising, advertising and promotion of the motion picture tentatively entitled ___________ (the “Picture”).
I agree that the foregoing grant includes the right to use my physical likeness in any form, including, without limitation, a photograph, picture, artistic rendering, silhouette or other reproduction by photograph, film, tape, or otherwise.
I represent to the best of my knowledge that the consent of no other persons, firm corporation or labor organization is required to enable Producer to use my name, likeness and/or voice as described herein and that such use will not violate the rights of any third parties.
I acknowledge that nothing herein requires Producer to use my likeness and/or voice as described herein or in connection with the Picture.
The rights granted herein include the right to use the Picture or excerpts or stills form the Picture (include excerpts or stills containing my likeness and/or voice) in any other motion picture, publication, recording, or other medium and includes the right to edit, delete, and/or juxtapose (with any other part of the Picture), any part of the Picture in which I appear, and/or change the sequence of events in the Picture.
All rights, title and interest in and to the results and proceeds of the services and performances rendered by me in connection with the production of the Picture or any portion therefor shall, from its inception, be the sole property of Producer, free from any claim whatsoever by me or any other person.
This agreement contains the full and complete understanding between the parties and supersedes all prior agreements and understandings pertaining hereto and cannot be modified except by writing signed by each party.
I hereby certify and represent that I am of legal age and have every right to contract in my own name in connection with this Release, and that I have read the foregoing and fully understand the meaning and effect thereof, and intending to be legally bound I have signed this Authorization this ________ day of ____________________, 2002.
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  • 2003/05/17 - 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Hi there; I really like your site and it’s awesome that you have the actor release form up for use, it really helps. This email kind of pertains to that, if you can help, I’d be really greatful.
    I am an indie filmmaker in new mexico, and I am looking to shoot a film this summer. I know that there is the possibility of some people ending up in my shots when I shoot in outdoor areas, and my question that I am trying to get an answer to is, do I need to have these people sign waivers stating that I may have them in my film? It is not going to be distributed en masse, though I do plan on sending it to film festivals. I would think that I have to have waivers then, but what do I make them say? Do I state that the person agrees to be in my film, though I will not be paying them, and that I do not plan to make money off the film? Or should I not go that far, as there is always the possibility of the film actually making some money? Also, should I be having the people that act in my film sign some kind of waiver, saying that they agreed to be in the film without being paid, etc? The fim has no budget at all, this is not one of those “I got 15 grand from my mom lets’ make a film” films, it’s just a digital … adventure.
    I just don’t know what to do, I’m no big filmmaker, but I want to make something substantial this summer. Your input would be really appreciated, if you have any. Thanks for your time, and please reply soon

  • Algis Kemezys
    2003/05/30 - 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Just when I needed such a form I found it here.Great Guns Again Greg.
    Brian Lorelle,
    Glad to hear of your luck and enthusiam to produce a film this summer,but the photography aspect of any project isn’t just willy nilly. Composing and organizing shots is really a job for the trained eyes of a true photographer or cinematographer. I suggest you practice visually getting that together because the visuals are the lifeblood of the movie.
    Why people with no visual training are hoping to capture the sublime is a piece of unprobable property. Visual acumen takes time and talent.
    Hope that helps you in some way.
    Best Regards
    Algis Kemezys

  • 2003/07/18 - 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this great site and infromation.
    I was curious how the form would be different if that actor was a minor? The last paragraph I guess would be changed for a parents to sign instead?
    Also, are we allowed to copy parts and/or all of this release to use?

  • T
    2004/03/12 - 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Yes! Your site kicks ass! Thanks so much for providing the Actor’s Release Form! What a great resource…

  • JBL
    2004/04/12 - 2:06 am | Permalink

    Superb form. Thanks!

  • Nathan Davis
    2004/05/15 - 3:14 pm | Permalink

    I’m making my first full length film this summer. The actor release form you have is great, thank you for posting it. I was wondering if you had, or knew where I could find a similar form regarding locations as well as other legal issues involved in film making.
    -Nathan Davis

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