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If you are creating any kind of video production or photography content, you will need to get permission from anyone featured in the video for their likeness and their voice to be included in the video or photos.

You will also want a video release form to include permission, if you want to do this, to use their likeness and voice not only in this video but to promote your business in other ways. For example, you might use them in a social media video or an end-of-year mash-up video that looks back at your work over the year.

Whether the people featured in your video are your staff or not working with you, you need to do this as you don’t want someone to decide after they have filmed with you that they don’t want to be in the video. A release form focuses the person involved into thinking about what they are getting into.

If you have children in your video or photos, for example, you might film your talent interacting with their family at home; you will want to ensure their parent or guardian signs for them.

Basically, a video release form looks like this, and don’t worry, there is a link at the bottom of this page to download this as a .docx file.

Video Consent and Release Form

Without expectation of compensation or other remuneration, now or in the future, I hereby give my consent to (your company) , its affiliates and agents to use my image and likeness and/or any interview statements from me in its publications, advertising or other media activities (including the Internet).  This consent includes, but is not limited to:

     

      1. (a) Permission to interview, film, photograph, tape, or otherwise make a video reproduction of me and/or record my voice; 

       

        1. (b) Permission to use my name; and 

         

          1. (c) Permission to use quotes from the interview(s) (or excerpts of such quotes), the film, photograph(s), tape(s) or reproduction(s) of me, and/or recording of my voice, in part or in whole, in its publications, in newspapers, magazines and other print media, on television, radio and electronic media (including the Internet), in theatrical media and/or in mailings for educational and awareness.

        This consent is given in perpetuity and does not require my prior approval.  

        NAME  
        ADDRESS  
        SIGNATURE  
        DATE  

        The below-signed parent or legal guardian of the above-named minor child hereby consents to and gives permission to the above on behalf of such minor child.

        Signature of Parent 

        or Legal Guardian: Print Name:

        ________________

        DATE

        Video Production requires permissions from people featured and that means release forms

         

        Filming requires permissions

        Just a reminder that this form may not be legally binding where you are. There are different rules for different parts of Australia (and the world) so please get legal advice before implementing any such forms.

        Download a .doc file of the release form here. (no email required)