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Rights and Clearances for Factual Productions

October 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


with Sandra Moore & Kerri Woloszyn


Saturday, Oct. 28th, 2017 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Red River College – Princess St. Campus – Room W411


About the course
This course will give participants an overview of the different kinds of clearances that are essential to obtain for factual programming, with a focus on science and natural history documentaries. We hope to give participants practical advice and templates for use in their own work.

This course is recommended for those with some experience in the industry.

The objectives of the Rights and Clearances for Science and Nature Programs course are:

  • To give participants a comprehensive understanding of the kinds of clearances and release forms which are essential to obtain during documentary production.
  • To introduce the paperwork (release forms, tracking lists, etc.) that will help with overall workflow and organization.

During the course, participants will learn

  • The essential items to clear/release during production
  • The best time to clear these items
  • How to organize and track clearances

Some course topics will include:

– Discussion of the different types of clearances for which Producers/Production Managers are responsible. What needs to be cleared?

– Discussion about who is tasked with obtaining clearances (during the shoot, after, etc.)

– Release forms for on-camera participants (personal, location, license agreements, group releases, releases for minors, Notice of Filming signs)

– Photos and music

– Other clearances (corporate logos, etc.)

– When do you need producer and legal input?

– Permits and location documents

– Error & Omissions lists

– Different broadcaster requirements

– Video example (participants discuss what clearances were needed with specific focus on stocks and music)

– Examples of music license agreements (master and sync)ß

– Public domain

– Best practices for organization, stock footage lists

About the instructors

Kerri Woloszyn is a Production Manager at Merit Motion Pictures. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from the University of Manitoba, Kerri began work at Merit Motion Pictures as the Accounting Assistant in 2006. From there, she became a Production Coordinator on The Science of the Senses for CBC’s The Nature of Things, as well as The Truth About Liars for CBC’s DOC ZONE.

Kerri Woloszyn’s first Production Manager position was on The Secret World of Shoplifting, directed by Andy Blicq, which received among the highest-ratings ever for documentaries on DOC ZONE. She has since worked on other productions with Andy Blicq: CrackBerry’d: The Truth About Information Overload, Conspiracy Rising, Faking the Grade, Slaves to Habit and Vietnam: Canada’s Shadow War for CBC’s DOC ZONE.

Sandra E. Moore
 has been employed with Merit Motion Pictures (MMP) since 2000, both as an occasional contractor and a full-time employee in such capacities as Production Manager, Head of Production, Post Supervisor, Producer and Line Producer. Sandra’s credits include over a dozen award-winning projects including MMP’s flagship series Recreating Eden and One Ocean. Numerous production credits include the Science and Lifestyle documentaries: My Brain Made Me Do It; Decoding Desire; Ticked Off-The Mystery of Lyme Disease; Smarty Plants; The Science of the Senses; The Truth About Liars; and Ballet High.

At present, Sandra is post-supervisor of Ice Forest: Secret World of the Boreal, and prepping an international co-production in Costa Rica called Turtles: Inside the Nest.
Prior to working with MMP, Sandra worked on feature films starting in 1995 in various capacities including Art Department Coordinator, Clearance Coordinator, Production Manager and numerous positions in the production office.



Film Training Manitoba Course Registration Policy


– Participants must be 18 years of age or older to register and attend the course.
– Participants must register in advance of the course. No drop-ins.
– Registration is on a first come, first served basis – unless otherwise specified. Enrollment may be limited.
– Registration for all courses, including weekend workshops, must be done between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).
– All registrations must be received and confirmed in-person or by telephone with an FTM staff member during office hours. We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.
– Payment in full is required to secure a spot in an FTM course.


Course Registration

Registration can be done in one of two ways:

In Person – cash, cheque, VISA, MasterCard, and debit are accepted. (Please make cheques payable to Film Training Manitoba.)

Our offices are located at 100 – 62 Albert Street, in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. We are open to the public Monday to

Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


By Phone – VISA and MasterCard only. Registrations are accepted via the main line at 204-989-9669.

*We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.


Cancellation Policy


Participants must cancel up to 4 full business days prior to the course start date to receive an 80% refund.


No refund will be given to participants who cancel within 4 full business days before the course start date, or if they do not attend the course.


Film Training Manitoba reserves the right to cancel, or postpone, any course where a minimum registration level has not been met. Participants registered for a course that is canceled will receive a full refund.



Breaks and refreshments


All course participants are responsible for their own lunch.


October 28, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Red River College – Princess Street Campus, Room W411
160 Princess Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1K9 Canada
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