From:   Dallas <justdallas@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Monday, November 14, 2011 3:23:55 PM
To:   globalrevolutionmedia@googlegroups.com
Subject:   Re: [GlobalRevolutionMedia] #Film Production
 

can we obtain a permit for an "official" film location for zuccotti?

a tricky way to get a better foothold on our little Acre O' Liberty.

 

On Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 4:42 PM, Christopher Rogy

<christopher.rogy@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi group! The below is about compiling a Top 10 Tips for Filming Occupy

> Protests, Arrests & Police Conduct that can be shared online and circulated

> in print to aid video-makers.

>

> With the new sea of Occupy video footage, it is more important than ever to

> film and share with intention – and of course film safely and effectively.

> This is not only to help record what is happening, but also to help ensure

> that recorded videos may be optimally used for advocacy, raising awareness

> and potentially supporting legal cases.

>

> Here are our top 10 tips - please add yours and enhance them. What have you

> learned while filming OWS events? What do you wish someone told you when you

> started filming and sharing social change video?

>

> PREPARE: Know your equipment. Turn off features to maximize battery life

> (e.g. wifi search on phones). Have charged and extra batteries, use empty

> memory cards and bring back-ups. Use a camera strap or tie your camera to

> your wrist. Where possible, turn-on correct date, time and location

> capturing features. Write the National Lawyer’s Guild’s phone number (or

> other legal support team) on your forearm and save in case you need legal

> support. (In NYC: 212.679.6018) If arrests occur, call in location, time and

> name of anyone arrested.

> FILM WITH INTENTION: Hold your shot steady (minimum 10 seconds), pan VERY

> slowly, avoid jerky movements and zooming – move closer when possible. Get

> multiple angles – wide, medium and close-up. Film for those who aren’t there

> – what do they need to see to understand what’s going on? If violence or

> abuse occurs – KEEP RECORDING if it is safe for you to do so.

> ALWAYS CAPTURE: Date, time and location (intersections, street signs,

> landmarks.) Get various angles when documenting the size/behavior of the

> crowd, number and formation of police and any weapons they are holding or

> using. Record any police orders or permissions given and the time and

> officer’s name and badge number. Record when police are creating or moving

> barricades or orange nets. Record any police filming protests or protesters.

> CAPTURE DETAILS – INCIDENTS: If there is an arrest or violence, attempt to

> capture the entire incident, including: time, location, number and

> identities of involved individuals, and broader crowd or police

> presence/behavior. Film or say names of officers, badge numbers or helmet

> number into the camera. Work to get faces of those affected on film. Be

> agile: Film from above if possible, or low through officers’ legs to capture

> what’s happening. Consider verbally adding noteworthy facts of what was

> happening before you started filming to give context while you film.

> WORK AS A TEAM: If filming, have a partner to watch your back, help keep you

> safe and alert you of other potential shots you should capture. If more than

> one of you is filming, try to get separate angles of the same incident –

> ideally keep each other in view and the frame. If you are at risk of arrest,

> consider giving media card to friend for safe keeping and replace with empty

> card and keep filming.

>

> SHARING AND UPLOADING YOUR FOOTAGE FOR IMPACT

>

> Regardless if you are uploading unedited or edited footage, it is essential

> to provide the following information so your footage can be found and

> coordinated with other footage. There are hundreds of videos on OWS, but

> some lack this essential, useful information. Before uploading, do a search

> for related videos and news like yours to help select useful title and tags

> – always tag your videos! Select a Creative Commons license when uploading

> so others can remix your video for advocacy purposes, and so it can be

> collected and archived by others. Follow these tips.

>

> TITLE WITH INTENTION: Keep titles brief and descriptive. Add date, location

> and time. Use words you or one would use to find your video. E.g. Occupy,

> New York City, Protest

> DESCRIBE YOUR VIDEO: Always include date, location and details of what

> happened BEFORE, DURING and AFTER recording. Consider starting with a URL

> for viewers to find more info, e.g. http://www.occupywallst.org – November

> 12, 2011 | Brooklyn, NY |  then video description.

> TAG YOUR VIDEO: Always add these tags -> date, time, city, specific

> location, occupy wall street, occupy, ows. Use common tags found in your

> search: ‘police brutality’ ‘arrest’ ‘pepper spray’

> SAFETY or SECURITY CONCERNS? If you think faces need to be blurred or feel

> the video may harm someone’s case or dignity, think twice before uploading.

> Contact the volunteer legal team for advice.

> SAVE AND NAME YOUR VIDEO: Do not rely on YouTube or other sites to save and

> preserve your footage – it may be taken down and valuable technical

> information is lost in the upload. Save original footage to your computer

> and back up to an external hard drive. Name files and organize so they are

> easy to find – add date, location and tags.

>

> Are You a Graphic Designer or Know One? Wouldn’t it be great to have these

> top tips as a flyer to share during OWS events? We think so. If you make

> one, please let us know or contact us to collaborate (info below)!

>

> WITNESS is an international human rights organization based in Brooklyn, NY.

> It uses video to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations.

> WITNESS empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful

> tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change. Over the

> past 20 years, WITNESS has worked with over 300 groups in 80 countries, and

> trained thousands of human rights defenders how to safely and effectively

> use video for change.

>

> See WITNESS training materials and how-to videos at witness.org/training and

> see the latest at blog.witness.org

>

> Please contact Chris Michael, WITNESS Training Manager, to help enhance and

> add to this list via chris@witness.org or @WITNESSchris

>

>

> --

> Christopher Rogy

> 416 Adephi St. Apt 4A

> Brooklyn, NY 11238

> christopher.rogy@gmail.com

>

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