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    Question Need advice on getting permission

    Well i've been wanting to make a short film in a busy place or inside a building but its always very difficult to get permission for that sort of thing where i live.

    How would you go about getting permission in order to film what your wanting to do or how would you go about doing it without permission?

    Nick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aesthricous View Post
    ..How would you go about getting permission in order to film what your wanting to do
    Simply ask the owner / manager of the building concerned

    Quote Originally Posted by Aesthricous View Post
    ..or how would you go about doing it without permission?
    You shouldn't. Unless you want to get thrown out or worse...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Lockwood View Post
    Simply ask the owner / manager of the building concerned


    You shouldn't. Unless you want to get thrown out or worse...

    Hmm yeah would be a totally bad thing to do that i guess, sort of got that idea from the old independant films that i studied in Film.

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Nick

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    We managed to get permission to film in pubs and stuff back at college just by asking. I think the key is to be as flexible as possible and try and sell them the idea that you won't be any hassle and are totally prepared to work around their schedules.

    I guess the ideal for a 'busy place' is to film when it's closed and bring in mates to make it look busy, rather than trying to shoot around the general public. Depends where it is though...

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    I havent really done much location drama stuff, but on the occasions I have asked people have been very helpful.

    Sometimes it seems to depend what the film is about. I have 10 to 15 min script I am always playing around with - 3 years and counting and every now and again i get keen and have scouted locations a few times. Several places were up for it untill I metioned the film was a gangter caper with a 50,000 coke deal that goes wrong and then it's usually game over.

    My approach is to dress smart, be ultra accomading, big up thier place, mention you will give them a huge credit and at the risk of looking pushy I take my camera so I look like a film maker. Can do test shots then aswell if you get he chance.

    If you are a film student mention that too - most people like to help a student.

    If not try to communicate your enthusiasm but dont go over the top.
    Last edited by Mark W; 01-16-2009 at 08:01 AM.

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    Thank you for the advice, i will give them a shot when i get the chance and get back to you on how it went.

    Nick

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