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Working with presenters, inteviewees, actors and other contributors

Contributor Release Form - note for student producers/film makers


Although the film or other material you are producing is part of your course, BU does not
contract with your contributors and is not responsible for managing them or your relationship
with them.
It is expected that your contributors will generally not be your employees, because they are
supporting you on an informal, voluntary basis, you are not requiring them to attend for set
hours, perform an agreed list of duties, follow your instructions (although of course you will be
hoping that they will co-operate with you) or deliver certain results for you. You should pay
their reasonable expenses (if there are any, such as travel) and provide drinks and food if
appropriate depending on how long they are working with you.
If you are intending to commercialise your film or other materials in any way, this agreement is
not appropriate and you should agree separate arrangements with your contributors.
If you do employ actors or other performers you must pay at least the minimum wage and
there are other requirements that you must respect including the national minimum wage
requirements, national insurance and tax, limitations on working hours etc (see
https://www.gov.uk/employment-status). You will need a separate agreement for this, and this
release will not be suitable.
You must ensure that an appropriate risk assessment is carried out under BU’s health and
safety policy for all activities. As your film is part of a BU assignment connected with the
student’s course, BU’s public liability insurance will usually apply, but you must make sure that
you apply appropriate care and act responsibly at all times to avoid accidents and injury to
people and damage to property.
It is really important that if you are using actors or contributors you look after them properly.
You must:
 be clear with them about what you expect from them
 be clear about what you will do for them
 remember that they are volunteers who are helping you with your course - treat them
well and as you would expect to be treated
 comply with the rules
In short, make sure that they have a comfortable and enjoyable experience working with you.
Your and our reputation depends on it.

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Bournemouth University Student Production
Contributor Release Form
1 Simone Ceresato (the student) is a student at Bournemouth University (BU).

The student intends to record/produce a film (the film) as part of the 2 MA Producing Film and
Television in the Faculty of Media and Communication.

The student intends to use the film for the purposes of 3 the Production Managemnt
(the purposes).

The film deals with 4 the issue of students entering the sex or stripping industry; the story is about a young
woman sees no way out other than to become a stripper .

The dates of my contribution are likely to be from 5 the 16th to the 18th of February, 2018.

I agree to be6:
☐ filmed as I am interviewed
☐ filmed acting a part using a script provided or improvising
☐ filmed performing music or singing
☐ filmed doing another activity: 7

☐ photographed
The photographs or the film and sound track of me are my contribution.
I agree to the student using my contribution for the purposes and that the student can include all or some of
my contribution in the film. I understand that the student does not have to use my contribution, or to distribute
or broadcast the film but if they do, they may cut and edit it, and use it in any publicity for the film. If I appear in
the final edited version of the film, an on-screen credit will be shown. If the contribution is an interview, the
student will edit it fairly.
I confirm that all rights in the film and the sound track in the film belong to the student and I consent to my
contribution being used by the student in any media anywhere in the world at any time in the future, including
converting the film into other formats, broadcasting or streaming it and storing the film to use it for the purposes.
I agree to keep my contribution and nature of the project confidential, unless the student agrees that I can
discuss it.
The student will ensure that an appropriate risk assessment is carried out under BU’s health and safety policy.
As the film is part of a BU assignment connected with the student’s course, BU’s public liability insurance will
usually apply, but I understand that I must take appropriate care and act responsibly at all times when
participating in this activity to avoid accidents and injury to myself or others or damage to property.

1 Insert the student’s name


2 Insert the name of project
3 Insert the purposes for which the film and material will be used. This could be a Unit name. If the student intends to use

the film for commercial purposes a separate agreement will be required.


4 Insert a brief description of the film and its nature
5 Insert planned dates
6 Tick the relevant boxes
7 Insert details

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The student has agreed to give me a copy of the film in an agreed format (eg online link, file format or DVD) once
it is completed and edited: Yes/No8

The student has agreed to pay the following expenses if I provide receipts9:
Type of expense Maximum amount

I agree to participate on a voluntary basis as described in this release 10.


This release is governed by the laws of England and will be subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of England.

Contributor’s Signature:................................................................................................................................

Contributor’s Name: .....................................................................................................................................

Contributor’s Address:...................................................................................................................................

Contributor’s Email:.......................................................................................................................................

Contributor’s Phone/Mobile:..........................................................................................................................

Date:...............................................................................................................................................................

Bournemouth University Tutor Name & Dept ......Annie East, Faculty of Media & Communication................

8 Indicate whether applicable


9 Strike through if not applicable
10If the student has agreed to pay a fee to the contributor then this sentence should be struck out and replaced
with the following note “A separate arrangement will be entered into for payment for my contribution by the
student”. The student and the contributor must sign a separate letter that describes the payment and the
payment arrangements and deals appropriately with employment law issues (https://www.gov.uk/employment-
status).
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