The states of technology, film, and politics are constantly developing and changing. This produces new challenges for filmmakers. Before 9/11 recording equipment prohibitions were more lax, and before that there were drones no one was forced to think about remote controlled aerials being regulated. So you can imagine the confusion that now exists concerning the legality of filming rights for non-filmmakers and filmmakers. Media activism has its place, it’s just not on a film set, and this is especially true when badges are involved. It’s ok to be passionate about the First Amendment, or the conceptions mentioned above about filming and locations. Even if you’ve been asked to leave, you can take a safe stance within the proper channels. Arguing with others, especially security guards, does not benefit you or the film community. It also makes clearing a set even more difficult. Of course no one can make you delete footage you’ve already captured, but that is a confrontation that is best and easily avoided. The goal is to make a lasting film, video, commercial, or contribution, not enemies.
This is my last post on our Summer filming kick off series. I hope that it has been of value to you. Video is one of the most effective marketing tools, but be smart & considerate. Video will serve you and your clients well for generations to come.
Happy filming, and don’t forget we have a full media department who can shoot all your video needs as well as take your photographs.
– Audra Hajj