BURBANK — Members of the entertainment industry and community voiced their concerns Tuesday night about proposed changes to the city’s film ordinance, as the City Council considered a plan that would change the permit rules for small-scale filmmakers around the city.
Under the proposed ordinance, filmmakers using hand-held cameras would not need to obtain a filming permit to operate on private or public property. As long as the camera operators do not impede access to public property, a permit would not be required.
Some testified at the City Council meeting that small filmmakers and freelancers might be negatively affected by the proposed 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.