From:   John Kersten <>
Sent time:   Monday, November 14, 2011 3:36:54 PM
Subject:   Re: [GlobalRevolutionMedia] #Film Production

Permits are free.


However, you need to be backed by a film production company with an insurance policy worth $1M or more. You only need a permit if you wish to block the sidewalk or road, or if you have any equipment touching the ground besides a tripod. This is to ensure that productions cannot freely block traffic on municipal property. If all lights and equipment are handheld, anything goes.


The city, however, cannot issue a permit to shoot at Zuccotti Park. You'll need to go to Brookfield Properties for that :)


John Kersten




On Nov 14, 2011, at 5:25 PM, wrote:


> Permits require insurance I believe - filed thru mayors office film +tv. I've done it b 4. Few hundo for the ins., few hundo for the permit.

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> 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

> <> 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.




>> 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. – 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 and

>> see the latest at


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

>> add to this list via or @WITNESSchris



>> --

>> Christopher Rogy

>> 416 Adephi St. Apt 4A

>> Brooklyn, NY 11238