By Harriet Barovick, Val Castronovo, Mitchell Frank, Tam Gray,
Desa Philadelphia, Julie Rawe, Hope Reeves, Chris Taylor and
November 15, 1999
Web posted at: 1:53 p.m. EST (1853 GMT)
NOT PERMITTED Location, location, location! Last week Senator
John McCain caught some flak after filming part of a campaign
commercial in Arlington National Cemetery. This is a no-no
because partisan activity isn't allowed on Army property. We
asked a few guerrilla filmmakers to give McCain advice on
shooting on the sly.
Amy Sommer, producer of the controversial, Oscar-nominated
documentary Waco: The Rules of Engagement: "The next best thing
to a hidden camera is to make sure that you have a camera person
who can shoot and run at the same time. It's a little ironic
that a Republican war hero is in trouble with the authorities.
Maybe the 2000 race is getting interesting after all."
Daniel Myrick, co-director of The Blair Witch Project: "Your
need for a location can often outweigh your influence, not to
mention your bank account. Ask for permission first. If they say
no, then you shoot quickly. All McCain needs to do next time is
figure out a way to incorporate his campaign ads into a film
student's senior-thesis project."
Roger Corman, B-movie king: "Do what we do. The actors drive to
the location in an inconspicuous car, followed by a minivan. As
the camera photographs them from the back of the minivan, the
actors stroll casually to their positions and play the scene,
then stroll back to their car. Everyone drives away."
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Cover Date: November 22, 1999