Kevin's Petition at

Go Back   DV Info Net > DV Info Net Community Contests > The UWOL Challenge (our newest contest)

The UWOL Challenge (our newest contest)
An organized competition for Under Water, Over Land videographers!

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old April 23rd, 2012, 09:24 AM   #1
Major Player
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 792
Kevin's Petition

In case some of you do not check the other UWOL forum (at the bottom of the Home Page) and have not seen the plea for the petition to stop harassing videographers filming in US national parks, Google this phrase "Allow Professional Videography on Public Lands".

Kevin and others have been working very hard on this legislation, which will stop the government from charging ridiculous fees and making impossible rules for videographers who try to film in the parks. Still photographers seem to be exempt.

So far the petition only has 143 signatures, and needs a whole lot more to be persuasive. Please check it out.
Steve Siegel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 23rd, 2012, 02:19 PM   #2
Major Player
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Rossland, British Columbia
Posts: 896
Re: Kevin's Petition

Hi Steve,
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I just signed the petition & was very surprised to see i was still only number 144!!
Come on fellow UWOLers, lets all get behind this. While i can understand the need for the fees & a park ranger to oversee a big production, most of us would be no more harmful to the environment than any pro photographer so why should we be treated any differently.
I hope to visit Yellowstone this year or next & hopefully by then i will not have any issues pulling my camera out while i'm there.


There's never enough hours in the day!
Bryce Comer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 23rd, 2012, 09:26 PM   #3
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Posts: 1,404
Re: Kevin's Petition

Well, it's actually Alex Chamberlain that started the petition. He's been working really hard in Utah to make a change.

But what's most disturbing is an email I got from a photographer that shot some video and was contacted by Yellowstone that he needed a permit in the future. So the park was actually searching the internet looking for park footage and seeing if the people had a permit or not.

The history of the current law was designed for large scale productions that taxed park resources and stepped outside the bounds of what the general public could do. But the parks as well as BLM has interpreted that as any of us with a video camera will be treated the same as Steven Spielberg with the exception of not having to pay a location fee. Still have to have a permit and in many cases a ranger escort which is paid by the hour as well as a million dollar liability policy.

It all started when I tried to go on a tour with a Nat Geo photographer friend of mine. He could shoot all the photos he wanted for profit yet I had to have the permit, the ranger escort at $65 an hour and the insurance policy as well as an itinerary of where I would be and when just to shoot video to put up on my website.
Kevin Railsback is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 23rd, 2012, 09:59 PM   #4
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Southwest Idaho, USA
Posts: 3,053
Re: Kevin's Petition

Seven hours after Bryce posted and I'm number 145. Pretty slow going! I've got a hard copy petition for a different cause and have had a difficult time gaining twenty signatures. If I had a signature for every time I've heard, "Once the camel's nose is in the tent it's just a matter of time before you have the whole camel," I'd be done. But in this case the camel is already in and needs to be pushed back out!
Lorinda Norton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 23rd, 2012, 10:48 PM   #5
Obstreperous Rex
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: San Marcos, TX
Posts: 26,735
Images: 513
Re: Kevin's Petition

That article I had promised in the other thread is finally nearing completion, now that NAB is over. We're going to jump-start this thing with a switch to a much better petition platform -- one that can be embedded directly into the article -- and then we'll take it from the top again.

Search DV Info Net | DV Info Net Sponsors | A Decade of DVi | ...Tuesday is Soylent Green Day!
Chris Hurd is offline   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

Omega Broadcast
(512) 251-7778
Austin, TX

(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

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

(800) 238-8480
Glendale, 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 > DV Info Net Community Contests > The UWOL Challenge (our newest contest)

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:43 PM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2015 The Digital Video Information Network