There are a number of different types of film security that need to be considered for a movie or movie set. Before a movie is considered for production, there is protection of the script and intellectual property. When producing or directing a movie for a client, you need to provide physical movie set security and protection for privacy and your client’s documents and information. But let’s first talk about the film security of the movie script itself.
There would be nothing worse than having a client come to you with a fantastic script only to get three months into production and everything has to stop because a claim has been made against the writer for script theft. There are services available that can do script checks if you have any doubts or you just want to be safe. Essentially, it is the writers’ responsibility to secure his or her own work, so how do they do that? It is important to remember that ideas are not copyright-able. Only the execution of an idea is copyright-able which means that they need to produce a script or treatment. Even then, if the script is registered with the Writers Guild of America (WGA), ProtectRite or copyrighted, it still only provides a piece of evidence as to when and where the writer first held ownership of the material. So now that we have addressed script security, what about security during the movie process?
Gone are the days of assumed safety and security in many public settings and situations. Protecting your actors, their family and the crew cannot be put to one side or not considered. There are a number of security firms that specialize in film security for movie productions and their personnel have the experience to evaluate and then plan accordingly for any situation, ensuring a safe and incident free setting. If you have never used movie security before, it’s always best to ask around for recommendations or read reviews that are direct from the industry. Nothing would be more embarrassing than having one of your security guards chasing actors for autographs because they don’t have the experience of how to behave in that type of setting. In order to protect your clients and cast privacy, always ensure that everyone working on the movie set or who knows about the movie signs a non disclosure agreement. Although this won’t protect information directly, it will give you some reassurance that anyone in your team will think twice about sharing information because of the risk of ending up with a pricey legal matter. While on set, it is important that paperwork is not left lying around, even for a second. A single camera click on a mobile phone is all it takes to steal information. Remind staff that it is not acceptable to leave computer or mobile devices logged in at any time when the staff member is not using the device and never send highly personal details about the production, cast or crew over email. Although more expensive, it is always better to employ a secure document delivery service.
No one way is ever 100% secure but putting all of these precautions into practice at the same time will come close to providing a safe and secure movie production for yourself, your team and your set.