Shooting events involving the Secret Service at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > And Now, For Something Completely Different... > The TOTEM Poll: Totally Off Topic, Everything Media

The TOTEM Poll: Totally Off Topic, Everything Media
Let's talk about anything media related.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old July 21st, 2005, 07:20 PM   #1
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Posts: 1,892
Shooting events involving the Secret Service

Has anyone else been involved with a project that involves having a background check done by the Secret Service? I have an IMAG shoot coming up for some high profile heads of state and the producers have requested my SSN for a background check by the Secret Service. What all do they check besides a possible criminal background? I mean, that little thing with the bank..... that was a long time ago.
James Emory is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 21st, 2005, 07:53 PM   #2
Major Player
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 817
Typically it isn't very strict. They are looking for blatant criminal background stuff, they won't be asking people any questions or anything. Financial stuff can make it tough to get a security clearance - because if you are broke you may be tempted to sell secrets - but it won't make you any more likely to want to kill a head of state.
__________________
Barry Gribble
Integral Arts, IMDB
Barry Gribble is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 21st, 2005, 10:05 PM   #3
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Posts: 1,892
I was talking about that bank I robbed, ha ha ha. Just kidding, of course.
James Emory is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 21st, 2005, 10:17 PM   #4
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 143
It's just a press pass? There's nothing to worry about. . .
Brian Wells is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 22nd, 2005, 09:33 AM   #5
Trustee
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Willmar, MN
Posts: 1,400
They read all your internet message postings...

Wait, they've been doing that all along anyway.
Chris Davis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 22nd, 2005, 09:37 AM   #6
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: San Mateo, CA
Posts: 3,840
Depends on what level of access you are asking for. A press pass to stand in the back of the room with the rest of the photogs will be simple. A clearance to do a one on one with someone high up will be deeper... and more extensive. And once it's done, it will be of use in the future.
Richard Alvarez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 22nd, 2005, 10:11 AM   #7
Major Player
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 355
if the shoot involes being at an event and the SS is providing security, do what they say and be dont be mouthy. (learned the hard way.)
Those guys sucks at people skills.
But thats not what they are paid to do.
Usually on site procedures involve a dog sniffing your camera and a very long wait.
I dont remember ever being patted down or anything like that.
Those dudes are trained to read body language, voice tone, facial expression etc. Being bored and more bored is not real threating.

Sidebar:
I did have a (SS i think) sniper train on me from a rooftop once for quite some time.
I had stayed outside of an event involving VP AL Gore.
I was operating a live truck and was alone in the parking lot.
I still dont understand the threat I posed.
I had been cleared.

Anyway, it made for some cool looking video!
Gary Chavez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 22nd, 2005, 07:41 PM   #8
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 143
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gary Chavez
Those guys sucks at people skills.
I disagree. The Secret Service are the friendliest people you'll ever meet, right up until the moment they shoot you! ;-)
Brian Wells is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 22nd, 2005, 09:08 PM   #9
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: New Port Richey, Fl
Posts: 142
When I went to see the President get sworn in for his second term in January I took some pictures of what I thought was a sniper on the dome. When I scanned them I zoomed in really close I discoverd he didn't have a rifle, he was standing behind (what an ex-military friend said was) a TOW missle mounted on a monopod.

THAT'S WHAT I CALL PEOPLE SKILLS!

Thanks
Joe
__________________
Why ask me? I thought you were in charge!
Joe Gioielli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 22nd, 2005, 09:57 PM   #10
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Posts: 1,892
That is called government effenciency at work, ha ha ha!!! They don't have to use as many bullets because one missile usually does the job.
James Emory is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 23rd, 2005, 01:53 PM   #11
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 241
I don't know if the current crop of Secret Service folks are up on "film speak", but a million years ago during the Nixon years, I was told to ALWAYS refer
to FILMING instead of SHOOTING. As in "We're here to FILM the President".

Also, as noted by another poster, don't be ANYWHERE you're not suppoosed to be.

Hope this helps.

Ken
Ken Plotin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 23rd, 2005, 02:51 PM   #12
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Posts: 1,892
I heard that! I will be sure to describe what I had to go through once the project it is completed.
James Emory is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 23rd, 2005, 06:33 PM   #13
Trustee
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Clermont, FL
Posts: 1,520
A TOW missile is pretty darn big. Maybe some other smaller missile.

The BGM-71A/B missile has a rounded nose, is 1.17 m long, has a body diameter of 150 mm and a wing span of 0.45 m. The missile weighs 19 kg. BGM-71C ITOW has the same weight and dimensions as the BGM-71A/B except it is longer at 1.45 m because of a standoff nose probe. BGM-71D TOW 2 is 1.53 m long with a further extended probe, has a body diameter of 152 mm and, with a larger warhead of 5.72 kg HE, weighs 21.5 kg at launch.

I serviced the TOW and Dragon missile systems in the US Army for a few years. Especially the ones mounted on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
__________________
Steven Gotz
http://www.stevengotz.com
Steven Gotz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 24th, 2005, 05:41 PM   #14
Trustee
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 1,564
lol. heh heh heh.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ken Plotin
I don't know if the current crop of Secret Service folks are up on "film speak", but a million years ago during the Nixon years, I was told to ALWAYS refer
to FILMING instead of SHOOTING. As in "We're here to FILM the President".

Also, as noted by another poster, don't be ANYWHERE you're not suppoosed to be.

Hope this helps.

Ken
__________________
bow wow wow
Yi Fong Yu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 24th, 2005, 07:49 PM   #15
Wrangler
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 4,093
Yeah, probably wise advice to refer to "filming" or "photographing" rather than "shooting." Likewise, best refer to your shotgun mic as a "directional" mic when going through airport security. ;-)

I have occasion to chat with SWAT and Special Forces types of folks every now and then. Many (but not all!) DO have a perfectly intact sense of humor and are very nice people...except when they are doing their job. Then none of them can take a joke. I personally know more than one professional person who has "eaten pavement" when they haplessly brought themselves to the attention of SWAT.
__________________
Pete Bauer
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Albert Einstein
Trying to solve a DV mystery? You may find the answer behind the SEARCH function ... or be able to join a discussion already in progress!
Pete Bauer is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > And Now, For Something Completely Different... > The TOTEM Poll: Totally Off Topic, Everything Media

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:21 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network