Minors in your video?

Minors in your video?

Minors in your video can be complicated. I produced a special interest video on gold panning. Part of the video was to include instruction for children. My co-producer wanted to use his grand kids as talent. That all seemed easy enough, but it was not so.

We needed and got the always required Minor Releases signed by the parents. We thought we were up to speed with that when the county film administrator said “do you have a studio teacher hired?” California State law requires this for the protection and care of children on a commercial set. The administrator helped us find one, and we thought we were ready to roll. Two days before the shoot the teacher asked said “you do have your work permits for the minors right?” Work permits require 48 hours at least. We were doomed, but no, the teacher double checked. As long as the kids were on the set for one day and for no pay, we were good.

The outcome was all good. The kids did great and we finished our shoot. The studio teacher said we had a coup as our kids, in an outdoor environment, under the stress of finding gold on camera, did fantastic. “You can find an acorn in the mud some day.”

Take the time to contact your film commissionDepartment of Industry Relations and get all the answers for minors on the set. It could cost you if you are not prepared.