Filming in residential and commercial areas

Definitions of filming activity

We define filming activity as -

  • general filming
  • low impact filming

General filming

General filming applies to productions that will have a major and immediate impact on an area. They often involve many activities such as the use of -

  • cranes of all sizes
  • cherry pickers
  • multiple cameras
  • camera track
  • camera dollies
  • all types of action vehicle movement such as -
    • low loaders
    • A-frames
  • large lighting rigs which can include scaffold
  • various sized generators
  • animals
  • firearms
  • children
  • parking technical vehicles outside private property
  • erecting drapes for blackout

Filming involving any of the above activities may also need extra arrangements in place to achieve them. This includes but is not limited to -

  • closing a road or temporarily halting traffic
  • using special effects or conducting stunts
  • removing, disguising or altering street furniture or road markings
  • use of UAVs and drones
  • filming during unsociable hours - 11pm to 7am

Low impact filming

Low impact filming applies to productions that have a limited impact on an area. It is generally low key and straight forward. It does not include any of the activities listed in the general filming section.

It will mainly consist of small, usually less than 10, unobtrusive technical crew and contributors using -

  • portable and hand held cameras
  • basic sound
  • tripod equipment