I have a small project coming up in late January where I have to do some shooting outside a part of the town where I live. The back story is that this part of town was regenerated in the late 1990's, it was all run down and the buildings were demolished thankfully. The former residents moved on, some to Australia, America and Canada. Now I have been asked to record what it looks like now for a reunion party that will take place at Easter next year for former residents who lived here anything up to 50 years ago. Old video, cine footage and photographs are being collected at present to put on an exhibition during this reunion.
Now onto the problem... New private houses, new businesses and flats have been built in the area and I was just wondering how I should go about a shoot in this area. I just don't want to turn up on the day and start recording and have someone (usually with nothing better to do) or some jobsworth give me grief and question me as to what I'm doing (this seems to be happening a lot more now that it did 10 years ago, have you noticed it too?).
So do I write to all of them, do I visit all of them and explain what is going to take place or is there some other way to best approach this. I have this feeling there is 1 correct way to do this and 99 wrong ways to do it. The other thing is if one of them tells me there is going to be no filming outside their property, even though I will be on a public street at all times, I don't want them calling Joe Law.