Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do we need to scan and send standard talent release sheets from everyone who appears in the video, even if they are just in the background or a crowd shot?
The talent release is for anyone with a principal role and/or speaking part in the final production. If your program doesn’t have those roles, then talent releases won’t be required; individuals in crowd scenes do not need to sign a release. A release form is not required from adult faculty members. If release forms are needed, you may use your standard district release or TASB's sample release form
If a student created the song, does he or she need to also sign the talent release from?
Student-produced music should have a signed talent release just as a speaking role would.
Are we allowed to use a song and substitute words for the video?
Short answer, no. Long answer, a work isn’t parody unless it critiques or comments on the original song or songwriter. If they’re using the tune and changing the words for a different message, it’s likely not parody and there are copyright implications – and, as we know, copyright infringement versus parody/fair use is very fact-specific and you don’t really know if you’ve crossed the line unless you successfully defend a copyright infringement suit. Regardless, students should ask the song’s author for permission to use the song (especially if it’s something we might be using.)
Can students receive assistance on the filming and editing of the video?
Yes, it is fine for them to have assistance on the filming and editing of the video. When you submit your entry, outline what role the middle school students played and what parts were done by others. If the others are students in another school, also note that.
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