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FUNDAMENTALS OF DOCUMENTARY I

Standard Equipment Package (per crew)

For a full list of equipment, please see the equipment list.  For equipment manuals please visit the equipment manual page. 

Standard Supply Package (per students) 

  • 64gb SD Card 95 mb/s
  • Lens Cleaning Paper
  • Lens Cleaning Fluid
  • Lens Blower

Standard Post Production Equipment

  • Access to Intel iMac Computer lab (1161) with Premiere Pro software

Premiere Pro Guide

  • For assistance with downloading and backing up your footage, importing your footage into Premiere Pro, performing basic edits, transitions, titles, effects and audio mixing, and exporting your project for play back in the classroom and over the web, click: Premiere Pro Guide.

PRODUCTION GUIDELINES

Follow the Guidelines listed below. Most obvious rule: Be diligent about your safety. If any member of the crew feels the set is unsafe, IT PROBABLY IS. Do not hesitate to bring your concerns to the attention of the director or your teacher. Use common sense.

Insurance

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CSI (College Student Insurance)
All students are required to purchase student personal property insurance through CSI. This is in addition to the insurance provided through New York University listed on the tuition bill. The CSI supplemental insurance will cover students for one calendar year. The same CSI policy can be used for all production classes during the year of coverage. No equipment will be issued until the CSI insurance certificate is presented to instructor. Instructions on how to purchase CSI insurance can be found here.

After you have purchased or renewed your CSI policy, please register here.

Location Restrictions

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  • Distance Limits: All shoot locations must be within a 100-mile radius of 721 Broadway, New York, NY 10003.
  • Transportation: Use of a personal or rental vehicle, such as one used to transport cast and crew, must be reported to your instructor and the vehicle must carry a minimum of $1,000,000 in general liability coverage.
  • Night Exteriors: Must be cleared by your Instructor. You must follow local laws. No lighting can be used without a permit from the Mayor's Office.
  • Exits: When shooting in a location always identify exits and DO NOT put equipment in those exits.
  • Subway: Shooting in the subway cars and subway platforms is strictly PROHIBITED.
  • Mobile Locations: No shooting in trains, buses, boats, & taxis (taxis may be used to transport crew and equipment only.)
  • Potentially Hazardous Locations: For projects featuring potentially hazardous locations, such as abandoned buildings, warehouses, factories, and other similar locations, please consult with your instructor for approval.
  • IMPORTANT: If a location owner is requesting proof of insurance, please notify your Instructor and Production Supervisor immediately, in order to be approved to file for an insurance certificate.  Once approved, visit this page for instruction on how to file, and please allow for a minimum 5-business day turnaround: Insurance & Risk Management.

Filming on NYU Property

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  • Shooting in NYU Residence Halls and Other NYU Property: Please review rules and regulations here.
  • 721 Broadway & Tisch Spaces: No filming in 721 Broadway, unless in S&S Studio. If you attempt to shoot in this building, your production will be halted. If you would like to shoot in any other NYU building, you must obtain permission from the building manager and classroom administrator. See the Production Office staff for details.

Filming on Public Property in NYC

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You must follow all local government rules and regulations in regards to shooting/recording on public property, including the New York City Mayor's Office. In general, you do not need a permit if you are shooting/recording on NYC property (including sidewalks), provided your production is of limited size and scope and you are not: Blocking off sidewalks or streets, impeding pedestrian or street traffic, using lights, dolly track, or doing stunt work. Please contact park managers in advance before choosing to shoot/record in a park. For more info about shooting in NYC parks, click here. For additional information about when a permit is needed, visit the Mayor's Office website. Permits are NOT required for those shoots which are limited size and scope. Most Fundamentals of Filmmaking productions fall under this category. A limited size and scope shoot must meet the following guidelines:

  • ONLY a camera and tripod are used, along with any handheld equipment.
  • No Stunt-Activity, or Any Circumstance Requiring Police Assistance.
  • Filming activity does not involve the assertion of exclusive use of City property (blocking streets, holding areas, etc.).
  • Shoot does not request parking tags and the use of parking privileges for its vehicles.
  • Minimal Cast & Crew (5-7 is a good rule of thumb).

NOTE: Parks require approval from the Dept of Parks & Recreation before shooting, regardless of the size of the shoot. See the Parks Section of the Wiki for more details.

Optional Permits

When a permit is not required, but you would still like written permission from the Mayor's Office on location with you, it is possible to apply for an Optional Permit free of charge. You may want to apply for an Optional Permit for peace of mind while you are shooting as you will be able to show your Optional Permit to anyone who might question your presence (i.e. police, store vendors, etc), and sometimes Park Managers may require one. Liability insurance is not required in connection with an optional permit and they are usually granted same day via fax. All other circumstances still require a permit issued by the City of New York.  If you have any questions please contact the Production Office at 212.998.1790, 721 Broadway, 9th Floor.

Equipment Guidelines

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  • Windows: If the equipment, crew or talent cannot be pushed through the window then it is safe to shoot through a window.
  • Bathrooms: No film lights may be plugged into a bathroom, under any circumstances. The only equipment allowed in the bathroom is the camera and sound.
  • Ladders: No stepladders higher than 10 feet.
  • Exits: Do not block exits with equipment.
  • Streets: Do not set up camera in the road/street. Anything off the curb and in the pathway of cars is defined as the road/street. Do not handhold camera in the road/street.
  • Loss or Theft: In case of equipment loss or theft, please report this immediately to the NYU Office of Public Safety at 212-998-2222, obtain a police report, and write a statement for the department. For further details see the Insurance Section.

Vehicles

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  • Filming a moving vehicle from the outside or inside is prohibited unless it is naturally occurring and does not involve attaching equipment to the outside of the vehicle. All filming must be from inside the vehicle, or exterior from the sidewalk/pedestrian walkway. For clarity's sake - the driver or vehicle appearing in a shot cannot be directed in any way.

Subjects

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  • Appearance release forms are required for key subjects, and can be downloaded here.
  • For projects featuring child subjects (under 18 yr) please obtain a signed copy of the NYU Photo Release for Minors, which can be downloaded hereWhen working with minors, you must adhere to NYU's Protection of Minors Policy. Review the Protection of Minors Training document for a specific list of requirements. 


Nudity, Partial Nudity, Sexually Explicit Content

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  • For any subjects appearing nude, please provide a signed copy of the NYU Photo Release, which can be downloaded here.




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