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Production Information to help with your film shoot in California

In order to allow a smooth production with an animal on set, the preparations before production are vital. It is advisable to consult and hire an animal trainer or handler for the film shoot. It will be important to check the credentials of this person and make sure he/she has worked with the chosen animal before. Learn More

If you are unsure about the status of a location professional asking to photograph your property as a potential location site, do not hesitate to contact a local film commission office or the CFC Location Resource Center. If other potential legal matters arise please refer to the various Websites provided. Unfortunately it is not possible for CFC staff to offer any form of legal advice. Learn More

A comprehensive glossary of terms used in the Film Industry. Learn More

Film production insurance protects your production company and/or project from related liability by covering a specified value amount. In general, a solid policy will protect the producer from liability related to injuries on set and any accidents in working vehicles. Learn More

A film shoots needs to have the necessary permits & licenses to legally carry out their production. Verify licenses of crew, using special effects, pyrotechnics, set medics, security. Learn More

In addition to the California Film & Tax Credit find out what other Incentives are available throughout California. Learn More

Provides photographers and visual artists with helpful advice and how to proceed if your rights are infringed upon. Learn More

Architectural photographers should be aware of their intellectual property rights. Learn how Copyright Law Applies to Photos of Buildings and Architecture. Learn More

A sampling of production services directories are listed here for your convenience. These production guides are not endorsed or published by the State of California. Learn More

A film production company creates, produces and markets long or short form film or video content. As the owner of a film or video production company useful information provided for starting your business. Learn More

A talent agent is responsible for securing employment opportunities for his or her roster of clients, which may include performers, screenwriters, composers, designers, and a number of other creative professionals in the entertainment industry. Learn More

In California, all workers are protected by labor laws. Wage theft occurs when employers do not pay workers according to the law. Learn More

Except in limited circumstances defined in law and summarized in the Child Labor Law Booklet, all minors under 18 years of age employed in the state of California must have a permit to work. Learn More

The following provides information from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Website, formerly the U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization (INS), a division of the Department of Homeland Security. Learn More

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