First it was suddenly a no-no to snap pictures of, or take home videos in the vicinity of, bridges and tunnels, government buildings and anyone working for the Port Authority, their vehicles and activities.
Now, we won’t be able to photograph, videotape or film anywhere in Manhattan without a permit, except in passing, “like ships in the night” as it were.
Read it and weep. Then get really pissed. Then GET BUSY:
“The Mayorâ€™s Office of Theater, Film, and Broadcasting, which coordinates film and television production and issues permits around the five boroughs, is considering rules that could potentially severely restrict the ability of even amateur photographers and filmmakers to operate in New York City. The NY Times reports that the cityâ€™s tentative rules include requiring any group of two or more people who want to use a camera in a single public location for more than a half hour (including setup and breakdown time) to get a city permit and $1 million in liability insurance. The regulation would also apply to any group of five or more people who would be using a tripod for more than ten minutes, including setup and breakdown time.” -(Excerpted from the Gothamist)
To put a stop to this shameful attack on artists’ rights, YOU CAN:
Send an email to Julianne Cho: JCHO@FILM.NYC.GOV
Sign a petition at Picture New York: http://pictureny.org/petition/
(You can add their banner to your web site too!)
And check out this video by comedy group Olde English: Free NYC Rap
Thanks for doing the right thing!