I am concerned about the AFI intellectual property agreement. Is anyone else having concerns? Are there any alums who have run into issues, or worked any way out with the school of attaining rights if someone wanted to buy, say, a script?
Scripts are always yours. The only thing they own is the rights to your completed cycle films (which you make first year) and thesis films (which you make second year.) Now with thesis you still have the ability to share the film on the festival circuit, alongside AFI. Cycle films go in the vault, never to be touched again. Now that being said, if you wrote the film, you still own the rights to the script, and are free to take it anywhere you like for purchase, production etc.
Hope that helped!
What about for the cinematography fellows, I assume you're free to use the cycle projects for your reel and host them to be viewed on a site?
Most of them aren't amazing. Especially the first 1 or 2. The cycles are supposed to be treated like an exercise rather than a production for public display. By keeping a tight lid on them, I'm sure it helps AFI's image quality control as well. All you see "officially" coming out the school are the amazing thesis or MOS projects...not the ugly few shorts it took the filmmakers to train up to that caliberDoes anybody know *why* they lock away cycle films??