Insurance

Learn how to insure your production against liabilities and costs incurred from accidents, the types of insurance you’ll need, where you can buy production insurance, the costs of insuring a production, cast insurance, film and video tape insurance, equipment insurance, and E&O insurance. 

Insurance

Developed by Jason Tomaric, FilmSkills
ABOUT THIS LESSON
Film crews shoot in new locations with sophisticated equipment, work with electricity, pyrotechnics, and perform stunts.  In a business where each day is different, the only constant is risk. Protecting yourself from the costs of bodily injury, equipment loss, location damage, and even death is critical.
 
In this module learn how to insure your production against liabilities and costs incurred from accidents, the types of insurance you’ll need, where you can buy production insurance, the costs of insuring a production, cast insurance, film and video tape insurance, equipment insurance, and E&O insurance. 
 
Protect yourself and your production by going into a project insured.  It’s not an option… it’s a requirement, so learn how to do it right.
 
 
  • 19:54 video that teaches you about the different types of insurance and what types you need for your production
  • Companion resource guide
  • Insurance Resource Guide
  • Sample production insurance application
  • E&O Insurance article
  • Quick reference insurance guide
  • DeWitt Stern brochure
  • Guide to understanding insurance lingo
  • Errors & Omissions insurance application
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
  • The different types of production insurance
    • General Liability insurance
    • Cast insurance
    • Equipment insurance
    • Errors and Omissions insurance
    • Film and Video tape insurance
    • Worker's Compensation
  • Where you can buy insurance
  • Why you need and how to use a certificate of insurance
ABOUT THE LESSON AUTHOR
Jason Tomaric

Jason Tomaric

Director, Cinematographer Los Angeles, California
Jason J. Tomaric is an Emmy, Telly, and CINE Award-winning director and cinematographer of four internationally-distributed feature films, dozens of national television commercials, music videos, and the largest film training content library in the world, published author of 8 books - used in many top universities, and creator of AccuSkills.com, an industry-changing learning management platform. 
 
Jason has worked in Los Angeles and around the world in over 20 countries. His clients include Disney, NBC/Universal, National Geographic, McDonald’s, Toyota, Scion, Microsoft, and Paul Mitchell, with narrative work screened at Sundance, Slamdance, and South by Southwest film festivals as well as on Netflix and on all broadcast networks.
 
Jason has taught and/or guest lectured at some of the nation's most prestigious film schools including UCLA, Columbia College, John Carroll University, Kent State University, San Francisco State, University of Notre Dame, and numerous film festivals.
 
Jason has written eight industry-defining books, all sold in bookstores, and used in film schools around the world. The American Society of Cinematographers hails Jason's books - "There are no wasted words in Tomaric's tome, which concisely summarizes each facet of the director's craft.  It's difficult to think of a step in the process that Tomaric fails to address." 
 
Jason’s DVD training series on Hollywood film production have trained filmmakers in over 40 countries, with distributors in Europe, Hong Kong, New York and Australia.
 
In 2010, Jason launched FilmSkills, which combines the world’s largest film training video library with his proprietary learning management system.  Adopted by 47 universities within the first year, FilmSkills is now the leading industry-standard training solution for motion picture and television production.
 
In 2015, Jason launched AccuSkills.com, an industry-changing learning management platform that bridges the gap between academia and industry.
THIS LESSON HAS BEEN UPDATED BY
Kingsley Benham

Kingsley Benham

West Hollywood, California FilmSkills
UPDATED ON 1/22/2016
CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS LESSON
Dr. Timothy Burke

Dr. Timothy Burke

Superintendent, Perry School District
Dr. Timothy Burke was our instrumental point of contact when we shut dow portions of Perry High School to transform itinto the furturistic world in my feature film, "Clone."
Maribeth Feke

Maribeth Feke

Cleveland Rapid Transit Authority
Maribeth represents the Cleveland Rapid Transit Authority and worked with the crew of the movie "Clone" to shut down the subway systems and trains entering and exiting Tower City Complex for one of the scenes.
Ray Szuch

Ray Szuch

Owner of North Coast Central Casting
North Coast Casting helps actors, stunt people and crew find work, while assisting filmmakers and independent producers cast and crew their projects and providing acting audition information to members.
Stephen Campanella

Stephen Campanella

Emmy-Winning Producer "Underdogs", "The World Without US", and "Your Money Your Future"
Stephen R. Campanella is a dynamic EMMY-award winning producer whose vision, perseverance, and integrity have made him sought-after by television and film productions alike. He has brought his unique leadership to hundreds episodes of nationally televised programs, network specials, feature films and commercials.  Stephen has distinct gifts for inspiring others and assembling dynamic teams.  His solid management principles, tenacity, and ability to forge a concept into reality have brought life to countless productions, including:

 “The World Without U.S.,” the EMMY® award winning commercial "You Can Be Anything You Want," the EMMY® nominated commercial “Hey Mom,” PSA “Dancing Wheels” with Christopher Reeves; the EMMY® nominated television special “A Time to Celebrate” with Hal Holbrook, celebrating Ohio’s Bicentennial as well as the HGTV’s series “Room by Room," on which he was Executive Producer to name a few.

For four years Stephen brought his skills and experience to his role as Vice President of Broadcast and Entertainment for Beachwood Studios in Cleveland, Ohio. There he established Beachwood’s series program production, taking them from zero to 65 hours of national programming per year.

In August 2007, Mr. Campanella was contacted by Fox Atomic; 20th Century Fox’s newest division to produce the Cleveland segments for the feature film “The Rocker” starring Rainn Wilson and Christina Applegate. Theatrically released in 2008,  the film is now available on DVD.

Mr. Campanella is a member of both the Producers Guild of America and the National Academy Television of  Arts and Sciences.
Winnie Wong

Winnie Wong

Production Insurance Specialist
Winnie has been an entertainment insurance broker for the past 22 years and handles independent features, television, reality, documentary and commercial films. She represents a number of prestigious accounts such as MGM Studios and Universal Studios. In addition, Winnie has taught entertainment insurance for UCLA Extension - Entertainment Studies Department, International Documentary Association (IDA) and Film Independent (FIND), authored various articles for film publications, writes a monthly blog entitled “Lights, Camera, Insurance” and has participated on panels for American Film Market and Slamdance.