Let's make something clear. You should always shoot with permits and with all the right paperwork. Safety and confort are two of the most important things you should focus on when making a movie. NOW... what if you want to shoot at that really cool place but you know there is no way they are going to let you? DON'T LOOK LIKE YOU ARE SHOOTING.
Steven and myself had this idea of shooting at some of the most iconic locations of every city we would travel to. Even if it was for a single second of footage or for a big scene. Today, we are going to explain how we pulled that off.
As a small resume, we have shot narrative scenes in places like the ROYAL PALACE OF MADRID, or the surroundings EIFFEL TOWER. As you can imagine, there is no way a small indie crew would ever get a permit to shoot in there. This is what we did:
1) Make sure your gear doesn't look like film gear.
This is extremely important, you camera equipment can look very suspicious, so you will most likely need to compromise that super expensive lens, or that awesome camera that your buddy just bought for something more modest. In our case, we shot with an A7S, a Shogun recorder (which already looked a little "too much"), and old Russian and German photography lenses.