June 21, 2013 Paperwork and ID

WARNING: This page is the in-depth version – most likely, you want the in-brief version, linked from The Essentials page. This version is much more work and more detailed than is necessary for most users. Only proceed on this in-depth page if you have specifically been directed to the in-depth version (rare).

Paperwork and ID – perhaps boring to learn about, but essential to staying in business. Contract Shooters are not paid unless all paperwork and ID requirements are met perfectly and without exception. Luckily, it’s not that hard, and this video has all the info needed.

This SDLP has “in-brief” (~25 minutes + 45 minutes for Quiz) and this, the “in-depth” (~3 hours) versions.

Paperwork and ID in-depth

Workbook: Download this 2.2Mb (53 page) PDF workbook, print in colour, and add notes as you watch the video.

Release form: Download this 119Kb (8 page) PDF Release form (includes Safety form and Payment form). Print two copies B&W, to be completed during the lesson. Recommend to laminate one copy for future use.

Checklist for paperwork quality: Download this 34Kb (2 page) PDF checklist. Print one copy for checking the quality of paperwork. Recommend to laminate for future use.

Paperwork and ID video

219Mb, 1h33m.


  • Exercise 1: Scan your and someone else’s ID, as described in the video.
  • Exercise (unnumbered, ooops): Complete the Safety Form component of the release, as described in video.
  • Exercise 2: Complete the Before Handwritten bio, as described in video.
  • Exercise 3: Complete a Release form, as described in video.
  • Exercise 4: Complete Payment form, as described in video.
  • Exercise 5: Download this zip of 4 Release forms and 5 HWB’s, and identify incorrect areas of each in red pen. Scan and email to Trainer. Ensure the original file names are retained.

Provide the Exercises to your Trainer by email. Your Trainer will review each exercise and provide feedback. It may be necessary to re-do and re-submit documents that are incorrect.


When working on real shoots, complete a Safety form for yourself (and any regular crew you work with). Make a copy. Place both in sealed envelopes, clearly labelled. One copy in the vehicle you normally use, one in a binder you normally have with you on shoots.


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