The general principles of law would allow you to film anything visible to the general public so long as you do not defame or disparage it. If you are filming on a city sidewalk with a valid filming permit you don’t have to worry about signage in the background. However, if you have your actors go into a real place of business you will need a location release.
- The Location Release says that the owners give you permission to shoot on their property.
- The Filming Permit A permit is required for filming or taping any commercial motion picture, television program, advertisement, music video, or other similar production outside of an approved studio, and for certain commercial still photography.
- Always get a Release. No location is secured until you have written authorization. The Location Release must be signed by the property owner.