i apologize for that, and also promise not to hold anyone responsible for their advice and/or anecdotes.
i have to shoot a music video. part of it involves NYC exteriors.
here's the sequence:
the artist walking away from times square with it framed in the background.
glidecam shot orbiting the artist as he walks.
bird's eye shot that starts just above him and goes all the way up the side of a building, over the edge of the roof and dollies back over the shoulder(who is now on the roof) of the artist surveying the city stretched out below.(this will be several takes stitched and smoothed together and sped up in post to be a one beat sort of shot.
the camera dollies back even further to reveal an "evil female love interest" trying to control his mind, standing behind him either at the other side of the building or on another building. (this is another super fast pull back)
this is pretty low budget stuff. i will be using ambient lighting, maybe a reflector if necessary. a glidecam and either a red or a combination of HVX200 and the Sony EX-1. no sound necessary. if the red rental is beyond the budget, the camera will have a letus extreme on the front of it, if i can get by without the matte box (which seems probable considering the man made canyon of buildings i will be in) it still isn't that obtrusive of a rig.
i plan on finding a window washing company that will let me(and i mean me, i wouldn't make anyone else do this.)stick a camera on their washing scaffold and be hoisted up the side of the building. (yes, i am well aware of the wind and vibration i will have to deal with and the danger of being on a scaffolding, that's what safety harnesses are for.)
so not a very big production, not very disturbing to the mayhem of times square.
should i worry about permits? would the NYPD in times square even bother to say something to me about such a small amount of gear? i know the permits and police assistance are free. but the insurance policy and hassle of actually going to the office seems like it would be more work than actually shooting there...
thanks in advance for any input.
also, with all due respect, i don't need any comments about the camera choices. i've spent enough hours of my life reading the informative yet slightly disturbing bickering about the technical aspects of these cameras(one of which is particularly controversial). i've seen enough footage from all of them to be perfectly happy with whatever the person bankrolling this endeavor will pay for. it's a medium low budget music video, not the next(insert benchmark for qualitative/technical achievement here)
Edited by monday sunnlinn, 11 April 2008 - 10:49 AM.