The beauty of the corporate video sector is that nearly all of it is conducted on the basis of a “gentlemen’s agreement” - a handshake and a promise to do your best work. In more than 25 years working in this sector, I have only had to use a production contract on 2 or 3 projects. I generally use what I call an “e-mail of understanding”. In this e-mail, I outline my take on the brief, what the client is commissioning me to do, when I will do it, when I will deliver and the terms on which I will do the job. It is here that I will also state that it is the client’s responsibility to ensure that all models are cleared for release. Ultimately, the commissioning client is responsible for the distribution and exhibition of the finished video, so they are the ones who need to know whether they have permission to do so. In most cases, the video will feature employees of the company, and their standard employment contract gives the employer the right to use their image in publicity for the company, so they are in effect “pre-released”.