You have decided where you want to film your music video. Let’s start by asking some general questions. Will your music video impact the environment? Will you be filming in a public place such as a park? Will you cause any disruption to others? If your answer is yes to any of those questions, then I recommend getting a location shooting permit that will allow you to film in public places. If you want to be considered a professional, you will want to stay within the law. Now that we have established that you need a permit, this leads us to the next question. Where do you apply for a permit? I would start by contacting the local government office where the location you would like to film is in their jurisdiction. They will help lead you to the right person to talk to and tell you where you can find the necessary paperwork. If your film will cause any disruption to others, I recommend going through the process of notifying the neighborhood that will be impacted. This could be a really good thing and also used as a form of advertising for your music video. The permit process can end up being a blessing in disguise. If you are going to film, do it right and allow yourself time to get the proper permit. The permits also protect you from allowing anyone else to disrupt your filming process without possible legal consequences. Once you actually have the signed permit, keep this on you while filming at all times!
Now, if you are reading this and this is your first rodeo. Don’t get discouraged. If you do not have the money or time for permits there are some ways around this. For example, you can choose to shoot at your own residence or in your backyard. Network with your friends and family to gather support for your music video. One of their properties could be a good fit for your music video. Hey, they love you, so they are going to let you film there! If there is a will, there is a way!
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