Endorsements for Clearance & Copyright

“FINALLY, THERE IS ONE PLACE TO GO FOR ALL THE ANSWERS.”

    GEOFFREY GILMORE, Director of Film Festival, Sundance Institute


“Everything you need to know about clearance and copyright is in Michael Donaldson’s book a must for everyone in the film business.”

   Barbara Boyle, Producer, Bottle Rocket, Instinct; Chair, UCLA Department
    of Film, Television and Digital Media


“You can’t deliver a film to a distributor or sales agent without having cleared the hurdles discussed in this book. Michael Donaldson helps you clear those hurdles with humor and clarity. Don’t try to sell your film without it.”

   Kathy Morgan, Chairperson, AFMA (formerly the American Film Marketing
   Association)


“While making Spellbound, we found this to be an indispensable resource. The writing is clear and lucid; the advice is thoughtful and practical. In short, this book is the next best thing to having a top-notch lawyer on your production team.”

   Jeff Blitz, Director, Spellbound


“This book is a godsend for the independent filmmaker! With what it’s saving my next production in legal fees, I can afford to hire another grip and rent two more 4Ks. For regional filmmakers, Donaldson’s book is indispensable. It gives those of us working in the Heartland easy access to the legal tricks of the trade usually only available on ‘the coast.’ I’m buying one for myself AND one for my local attorney.”

   Glen Pitre, Writer/Director/Producer, Belizaire the Cajun,The Scoundrel’s
   Wife


“’Let’s make a movie.’ It’s never that simple. Michael Donaldson has written an invaluable book on the A to Z of pitfalls that all independent filmmakers should be aware of before they start to shoot one frame of film. Essential reading.”

   Piers Handling, Toronto International Film Festival


“Your film can win many festival prizes, but you still have to obtain the proper clearances or your film is undistributable, and sometimes even unshowable at some festivals. Too often the independent filmmaker does not realize how important the issues of clearance, copyright, insurance, and licensing are in the arena of selling your film. This book guides you through all of these areas.”

   Geoffey Gilmore, Director of Film Festival, Sundance Institute


“Here, at last, is the first book I can recommend to budding producers that is a clear and comprehensive guide to the complex issues of clearance and copyright.”

   Mitchell W. Block, USC School Of Cinema-Television


“An important text that plugs a gaping hole in the information available to independent filmmakers. Anyone digesting this information will save themselves weeks of research, dozens of phone calls, and, perhaps, major legal expenses.”

   Ira Deutchman, President, Emerging Pictures; Associate Professor,
   Columbia University School of Arts, Graduate Film Division


“Should be on the bookshelf of every documentary maker in the U.S. It presents the complex copyright laws in a way that everyone can understand.”

   Betsy A. McLane, Ph.D., former Executive Director, International  
   Documentary Association


“Michael has been through the wars and back on this stuff. Overlook these subjects at your own peril. Important info shared by a friend who knows.”

   Victor Nunez, Writer/Producer/Director, Ulee’s Gold, Coastlines


“Entertainingly written and surprisingly accessible, this thorough, thoughtful presentation of all rights-clearance and copyright issues should be required reading for all independent filmmakers. The book lays everything out in ways that will save countless directors and producers endless grief and expense.”

   Darryl Macdonald, Seattle International Film Festival


“Anything that can make an independent filmmaker’s life easier is much appreciated by this community, and Michael Donaldson’s book does just that. He makes complex issues understandable and even interesting.”

   Dawn Hudson, Chief Executive Officer, Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


“So, today, I needed information on music contracts, and, dadadadahhh, there was Michael’s book, and, suddenly, it was no longer a pain in the a.., it was a welcome guest, and, tadah, proved to be a helpful one as well. Now, I could no longer deny that I needed it; I even developed an appetite for it.”

   Percy Adlon, Director Bagdad Café, Rosalie Goes Shopping


“DONALDSON PROVIDES AN INDISPENSABLE GUIDED TOUR OF AN AREA OF LAW- FILLED WITH LANDMINES– THAT FILMMAKERS CANNOT AFFORD TO IGNORE. A WEALTH OF INFORMATION IS PRESENTED IN A CLEAR, ACCESSIBLE, AND EVEN FRIENDLY MANNER. READ IT ONCE FOR BACKGROUND, THEN KEEP IT FOR REFERENCE.”

   MARCIE BLOOM, Sony Pictures Classics


“AN INVALUABLE RESOURCE FOR ANYONE WHO IS EVEN REMOTELY THINKING ABOUT MAKING A MOVIE INDEPENDENTLY. I ONLY WISH IT WERE AROUND WHEN I STARTED OUT.”

   JANET YANG, Producer The People vs. Larry Flynt; Executive Producer,
    The Joy Luck Club


“YOU’LL LIKE THIS BOOK. IT’S COMPREHENSIVE, BUT REFRESHING; INFORMATIVE, BUT NOT DRY. IT’S AN ESSENTIAL YET ENTERTAINING GUIDE-COMPLICATED MUMBO-JUMBO MADE SIMPLE.”

   KAREN MURPHY, Producer, Waiting for Guffman, This Is Spinal Tap


“IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT PRODUCING, THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS BOOK IS INVALUABLE. I’LL REVISIT IT TIME AND TIME AGAIN.”

   JON GERRANS, Co-President, Strand Releasing


“DONALDSON TAKES A COMPLEX SUBJECT AND MAKES IT LUCID—WITHOUT EVEN ONCE ‘DUMBING IT DOWN.’ I PARTICULARLY RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE WRITING OR PRODCING FOR THE SCREEN. THIS BOOK IS CLEAR, CONCISE, ESSENTIAL.”

   HOWARD A. RODMAN, Chair, Division of Screenwriting, School of Cinema
   – Television, USC