Thursday, August 2, 2007

Save Amateur Filmmaking in NYC

(This is a repost from MySpace, so forgive the grammar- the message is still very important, though...)

As you might know NYC is trying to pass a law saying that any photographer or filmmaker who has a) five more more people in a location for more than ten minutes or b) two or more people in a location for more than thirty minutes will need to pay for a permit with a million dollars worth of insurance per person on set! This will basically stop all amateur filmmakers and photographers, and it will also affect tourists who want to have their time in NYC captured digitally.

Won't you please sign an online petition that goes to the mayor asking to stop this bill from passing? It takes only a few seconds and it would be a huge help. The petition website is:

http://www.pictureny.org/petition/index.php

Here is an article about the proposal, as reported by the Associated Press:

http://www.9news.com/news/world/article.aspx?storyid=74643

Even if you are not involved in the visual arts at all, please do it to help those of us who are. For all of you actors out there, there will be a dramatic decrease in student and independent films out there for you to be a part of. Please sign the petition and please also consider copying and pasting this into a bulletin on your page or post on your blog.

Thank you!

1 comment:

  1. In case you hadn't heard, the Mayor's office of Film has decided to change and update the regulations. I just hope y'all were right and the new regulations work for the independent filmmaker in NYC.

    I'm still convinced that the regs as they were purposed would have been fair and would not have harmed the filmmaking community (see http://www.hdforindies.com/2007/07/new-york-producers-take-on-nycs-new.html for some interesting commentary), but now we have to see what they come up with to replace the controversial regulations.

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