From:   Justin Wedes <>
Sent time:   Monday, November 14, 2011 4:03:32 PM
Subject:   Re: [GlobalRevolutionMedia] #Film Production

Jazz fingers way down, Dallas.


The revolution will not be rented from the 1%.




On Nov 14, 2011, at 5:59 PM, Dallas <> wrote:


> 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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>>> Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 17:23:55

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>>> 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

>>> <> 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