Re: Capturing New York's distinctive thrum

From: Jim Carlile (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Oct 29 2007 - 14:47:12 PDT

The original proposed rules last summer already exempted solo artists from
any requirements. But they also allowed any group (two or more people) 30
minutes to shoot in any one location without permits, a location being defined as
100 yards (feet?) apart.
That was a good deal. I don't understand why the city voided this idea-- now
every group with a truck or cables or any kind of installation must get a
permit and, most likely, insurance as well-- even for pick up shots. The one
hand giveth but the other taketh away. That's nothing to celebrate, and that's
my point.
The city could have kept the original proposal and just made the permits
free and loosened the insurance requirements. Why didn't they? These new rules
mean more red tape for smaller, low key productions.
The new proposed rules look good. Artists photographers and independent
filmmakers can shoot (handheld and with a tripod!) more freely.
Any law has it's flaws but this new proposal directly addresses the issues
brought to the attention of the Mayor's Office by the ACLU and the grassroots
Good work done by all who lent a hand. Bravo Mayor's Office.

Owen Plotkin

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