If I was in the background of this film, I would be looking into my options to make sure that I am removed from the film.
I am a union actor. If I am working background, I expect to get paid. I have made myself into a brand and if it was used in a way that I didn't approve of, I'd be pretty upset (so would my agents).
When I'm out and about around LA, I make sure not to go into filming areas. I see those likeness release signs up all the time, and if I'm unsure of where the filming is taking place, I find someone and ask them, or I avoid that area completely.
When I first moved out here, I didn't care too much, and a clip of me was used on one reality show for a couple of years (this was a few years ago and I haven't seen it since).
Maybe someone who isn't pursuing a career in this industry would think it would be cool and fun to be an extra in a movie (even without pay), but for me, I'd think it was someone cheating me out of what I deserve as a professional.
More media coverage on the film.
1.Sundance 2013: What's it like to secretly film at Disney World? - latimes.com
I say good for Moore. If I were to meet him I would tell him to keep on keeping on.
Oh, I also find it amusing how this movie offends the delicate sensibilities of most everyone in this thread. :p
C'mon, folks, admit it - if this had been filmed at Busch Gardens or a Six Flags or Cedar Park location, or some other vacation spot like Hawaii or the Grand Canyon, none of you would be clamoring for this guy's head on a platter. It's only because it was done at Disneyland and WDW that you're all so outraged.
I sure hope from now on, whenever you visit the parks, and you spot someone shooting video from an ordinary camera, that you start hiding your faces like crime suspects on their way to court do. Wouldn't want you to wind up on some monetized YouTube channel or some indie movie, you know.
I don't think people are outraged. I'm certainly not. As someone who has created and managed IP for big media players, I am merely telling you that this movie will very, very likely get shut down.
A C&D will be issued, prohibiting all public exhibition of the work. Concurrently, Disney will be looking at the full suite of civil and criminal options that might apply to this case. Separately, individuals (guests and perhaps even cast members), who did not give express notice for release of their likeness (image and voice), may entertain civil action against the producer(s) of the work.
One thing is absolutely certain - these things are happening right now. There is another thing that is going to make distribution of this film impossible - no legitimate sales rep or distributor will take on any work that has legal or ownership encumbrances of any kind.
I get that you're an actor and you should totally be compensated when acting, but in this context you're not acting... you're walking around at Disneyland. Had the shot been filmed 30 seconds earlier or later you wouldn't be in it at all, it'd be the other person walking in front of the castle or whatever. You're about as vital to this film as the people walking in the back of a news segment are... basically, not at all, beyond the fact that you're an ambulatory human.
I think a lot of the arguments here fall flat, really. People are on witness protection and this is the movie that exposes them? Disney parks are basically public places, and tens of thousands of random pictures are taken every day and uploaded to the internet. I get that legally this guy doesn't stand much of a chance, but from an artistic and practical point of view I think this is pretty awesome and that the moral arguments against him are kind of exaggerated.
I guess I'd like to question, from a moral point of view, why it's okay for Miceage or any random blogger to take your picture in the Disney Parks but not for another guy who is going to string that picture into a story after the fact.