Update: Read this post to find out about a great digital pack of all the film document templates you could possibly want! You can download a new version of the Filming in Progress Templates HERE (right-click, Save As…)
Not having a full budget and production team has led me, in the past, to forgetting to have “Filming in Progress” warning signs until the eleventh hour. At which point one is hastily drawn up on the back of a spare sheet of paper in marker pen and taped to a chair: not ideal. Generally people can get annoyed if you don’t have them, some places won’t be happy with you filming without them and most of the time it is just good etiquette.
Sometimes they will attract the wrong sort of attention: people will stop to see what you are doing, instead of behaving as normal and a crowd may gather. Also, I’m not sure where these signs stand legally, whether having them is sufficient enough to film passers-by and use that footage in productions (close-ups and focussing on specific individuals is definitely a no-no and would require release forms) but large companies have used signs that look very similar to the ones that you can download in this post.
I made these up so I can quickly print them out and use them on shoots, changing details as I go. The design is based on images and real life notification signs I have seen and the wording is similar too. In any case, you might want to check with your local laws regarding filming in public, but these are definitely a start. Available in Word, OpenOffice and PDF formats.
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