BURBANK — Members of the entertainment industry and community voiced their concerns at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting following proposed changes to the city’s filming ordinance.
Some testified that small filmmakers and freelancers might be negatively affected by the changes, which, they believed, would give police and fire authorities more power to stop or modify a production due to safety concerns. However, officials said changes in the ordinance mostly consist of new wording to clarify existing policies.
“Essentially, it’s the same,” City Attorney Dennis Barlow said. “Most of that language is already in there.”
Barlow said the new ordinance would not give authorities any more control than they already have. In contrast to the existing code, however, the proposed ordinance provides an exemption for hand-held cameras.