Private Property-as in Private Video

Client Permission

Putting a website together isn’t easy, particularly when it comes to the portfolio. Don’t think I am making excuses (although I am) but large corporations don’t like you using their material on a website. Understandable, of course; some of the material is sensitive and, if their competitors got hold of it, it could prove embarrassing to say the least.

But it leaves one with a problem. If the corporations, for whom you do most of your work, won’t let you screen their films, how do you put a showreel together? All that is left are the freebies and knock-down price films you did as a favour (and some of them can get a bit funny about that, too).

But I look at producers who include examples of the work they have done for their top clients. How can they get away with it? It is no skin off a client’s nose for them to say, ‘Sorry, but you can’t use the film you made for us.’

It’s a tricky area. Copyright belongs to the filmmaker, but that doesn’t give him or her the right to show off the work if a client wants to keep it secret. If you make adverts, of course, your client wants that to be seen. But in-house films for a company’s internal use…

My Vimeo account is full of videos marked as ‘private’ and protected by passwords. All in all, I think it is better to come over as someone who is trustworthy who won’t put your film on Youtube. But it does make showing off and putting a portfolio together difficult.