The first fundamental step to producing a film or television show, is securing the rights to the relevant property. What sets great producers apart from the rest is their ability to find amazing stories/ideas within a variety of different source material and attain the rights before anyone else. Without the rights, not only can you not legally make the film, you don’t have any power or leverage over anyone who has the same ability to make your film. When you decide to make a film, you have to trace the story back to its first original tangible format and attain the rights to that format. The format can be a book, an article, a script, a song, a website, a poem, a comic or any other piece of tangible literature. If you wanted to make a film about someone’s life story, you would need to own his/her life rights. If you came up with an original idea for a film, you must have the idea written in the form of an outline, treatment or script and register it with the US Copyright Office. All the aforementioned types or rights and formats will be explained in further detail in later sections.