Re: Capturing New York's distinctive thrum

From: Flick Harrison (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Oct 29 2007 - 21:48:19 PDT

I didn't realize this whole thing stemmed from police arbitrarily
enforcing non-existent rules.

Ahem. From NYT:

"Told that he was required to have a permit to film on city property,
Mr. Sharma later pursued a permit and discovered that there were no
written guidelines on how they were granted, according to the lawsuit."

So there WERE no previous rules. Contrary to Jim's repeated assertion.

And now, two people or ten people can shoot anywhere as long as they
- like WITHOUT a permit for MORE than 30 minutes. WITH a tripod.

That seems like an improvement over the old rules - though it's worse
than the old rules-free situation.

No more terrified picnickers with cellphone cameras!


On 29-Oct-07, at 2:47 PM, Jim Carlile wrote:

> 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 groups.
> Good work done by all who lent a hand. Bravo Mayor's Office.
> Owen Plotkin
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