Monday, June 30, 2008


So, After 3 weeks of hard work, I finally had the crappy night I knew was coming. Tonight, instead of focusing on getting some work done, I got side tracked with research into copyright laws. The big problem is that I want to use Israel's "Somewhere over the Rainbow" song at the end of the short. I am making this short with NO intentions of making money on it. Which would make the use of this song ok. However, I do want to submit this film to film festivals/competitions. While I don't want a single penny for this film, I do want exposure. I want people to know that I can put a film together. Anyway, as far as I can tell, festivals wont accept the film unless I have the rights to use the song. Getting these rights seems to be extremely hard. Especially for a scrub like myself.
This is exactly the sort of thing I shouldn't be thinking about right now. So, tomorrows all about getting back on track. I need to get back to animating. I finished my first complete scene renders this weekend. The render times were sick, but im in no hurry =)



tym said...

so maybe find who owns the rights to the song, explain to them you want to use it for your short. you are not going to make any money what so ever. even tell them you will sign a contract stating the fact you are to ake no money on this song in this movie. also tell them that if somehow money is made directly because of the song they can have it. if it is trully for exposure, which it is, you should have no problem giving them anything it makes. its worth a try

Sparty said...

Good stuff. Already on it. Im currently trying to figure out who actually owns it. The original publisher (The Mountain Apple Company), no longer owns it. I've sent out a few emails trying to track this down, but no word yet.