From:   Christopher Rogy <>
Sent time:   Monday, November 14, 2011 3:46:39 PM
Subject:   Re: [GlobalRevolutionMedia] #Film Production

Good question....

There's more information about permits here. However, typically mediamakers at Zuccotti aren't using equipment that necessitates a permit. In addition, Zuccotti is not technically city property.

On the contrary, the tips below are meant to help media-makers capture footage at demonstrations that may actually be city property. It would help in that case. While a permit MAY (that's a big may) prevent arrest, the tips are meant to ensure that video being captured can be used to protect demonstrators against police abuse. Everyone, have a read of the tips, think about your own experiences and let us know what you wish people would have told you before you filmed a demonstrations, especially a demonstration containing police abuse/misconduct, etc. For instance, last month's horse-scapade at 46th st. times square Oct. 15th.

BTW, this is a serious work in progress, like version 1.01- I really hope to make it reflect everyone's experiences and knowledge...


On Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 5:23 PM, Dallas <> wrote:
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

Christopher Rogy
416 Adephi St. Apt 4A
Brooklyn, NY 11238