From:   Dallas <>
Sent time:   Monday, November 14, 2011 3:59:34 PM
Subject:   Re: [GlobalRevolutionMedia] #Film Production

right. so we rent the park from brookfield for $100K a month, and

send the NYPD home, saving taxpayers millions in NYPD overtime.


i can dream.


On Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 5:36 PM, John Kersten <> wrote:

> 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

> Director/DIT


> 206-999-1281



> 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.

>> Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry


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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