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Re: My attempt at getting approval to film in publ 9 years, 4 months ago #18031

  • rttntm
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I've always just assumed if you're doing filming, let's say as two, or maybe even one person, filming in an public area you didn't really need permission? Only if you were filming on some sort of government or privately owned property such as a rail station?

Obviously if you're a fully equipped film crew, director, cameramen, dollies/jibs/steadis, sound techs, monitors etc etc, you're going to disrupt people so permission is most likely needed, understandable of course. But ... Where's the legal line drawn? Obviously tourists aren't stopped from filming, so regardless of if filming is commercial/profit based, are two people breaking the law filming a sun set or the public passers-by or indeed actors on public land on which they're entitled to do as they please generally in our essentially liberal democratic based society where essentially if it doesn't harm anyone else, it's OK?

I write from a UK perspective knowing a good deal of people here are US, but I assume it can't be too different. Certainly not on the liberal democracy basis front, although I suppose that is far more prevalent in the UK.

(Again, as I'm totally new here, I really like this site! It adds fuel to my creative passion and intrigue!)

Re: My attempt at getting approval to film in publ 9 years, 4 months ago #18034

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You are not alone, i.m U.K base or like they say "Over The Pond". As you have only posted 4 input on this forum. The word U.S. base is taboo most of these members or the higher people are Canadians. But dont let that bother you. We all work under one internet roof here, some of us are in a tent.
Many times i have filmed in London with a crew of 2 or 3 and actors. The secret also is not to use a tripod. That way you are not obstructing any body and it dont look professional in the eyes of the public.
glad you enjoy this form and even your input all helps for us to read and learn.
O.K some may have powerful knowledge, but trust me they are ace. I should know. I started from scratch and the help i have had has given me the power to move up a few gears regards equipment and software.
What part of the U.K are you? I'm in Wiltshire.

Re: My attempt at getting approval to film in publ 9 years, 4 months ago #18035

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Thanks rttntm, it is good to hear other opinions on it.

I think technically you need permission, but unless you're obstructing the public you won't have any issues.

Great point on the tripod, Frank... When I was doing my timelapse video, heeeaps of people would approach me asking what I was doing. I had planned to do a fair bit of hand-held stuff for the in-public shots.

EDIT:

Some of the shots while driving will have to be done... well.. while driving! So I'm hoping I get the shots needed without any issues from the public...

For anyone who may be interested, I took some test shots with a new car mount: youtube.com/watch?v=q2l8J-Lr-Ng

The public would notice it, but if you drove-by they would only realise what it was at the last minute, so I'll have to be discrete!

The crane on the other hand... well, I'll use it for some more controlled environments - indoors, and on private property. As soon as I venture out into public, I just know I will draw more attention... maybe I'l give these shots a go towards the end and see if I can accomplish using it in public

youtube.com/watch?v=swJCvvNqlO4
(Quite jerky in its movement, this is due to me getting used to it - AND because my tripod is struggling under the weight... but I'm out of money, and have no job, so I can't afford to upgrade )

Re: My attempt at getting approval to film in publ 9 years, 4 months ago #18039

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Tom i have just noticed you are a 4 star general on the forum. See how time fly's from the day you joined and now.
When are you going to make a story video? How about recording your big journey this year? and getting a scoop on Duane or the rest of the top General on this forum. At least one. Lou could be your hot-pick. Duane by appointment only i reckon and Martin hard to say.

Re: My attempt at getting approval to film in publ 9 years, 4 months ago #18041

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I was actually considering taking my little Sony camcorder overseas with me, good thinking Frank!

And yes, time does fly by! To think I joined in November 2006 after making my first short film in August. It feels like not a lot has happened since then, but then again, I'm sure a lot has!
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