I’ve found it a bit surprising that New York filmmakers don’t have more concrete things to say about the future of filmmaking in their city…but over at the Filmmaker Magazine blog, film producer and magazine editor Scott Macaulay weighs in with some detailed thoughts:
So, if any of this protest proves effective — and I hope it does — there will undoubtedly be some kind of forthcoming process by which new, Constitution-friendly regulations get drafted. What should those regulations be? That’s what I was asked recently by someone who wanted some constructive advice rather than more “fight the power” blog postings. I said that I thought that the ad hoc method that has been place for years has been working fine. When a filmmaker needs permits because he/she has to rent equipment and fulfill insurance requirements, receive New York’s most excellent free film shoot police, block off parking spaces, and control a public space, etc., he/she gets one. Artists, amateurs, tourists, street photographers, etc., who operate more unobtrusively and just tend to “capture life” with the public barely noticing them more or less do their own thing.
According to the recent indieWIRE article, today is the last day for public comment on the controversial new rules proposed by the NYC MOFTB, after today, the organization will either, in the words of the iW story: “establish the new rules as written, revise them and put them in place, or to start over with a new draft and hold a new comment period and hearing.”