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Filming at Califur- documentary
 califur - (masinacat)
11:58am 21/05/2008
Hello Califur attendees,

I’ve said these things in the comments but as they tend to get buried I’m making a post here.

I am the filmmaker (Rabbit hole films) who is making the documentary. I had one cameraman with me at the convention.
I sincerely apologize for disturbing anyone at the convention, I feel really bad about it.

If you think you were filmed and do not want to be, then please do email me and I will not include you. There are many furs who are gladly participating and there is no need, nor do I have any wish, to include anyone who does not want to be in the documentary.

I totally understand anyone's not wanting to be filmed. The signs that were put around are the ‘standard’ signs that you legally have to put up, but  I realize (from a suggestion by a fur, and also a head of another convention) that a better way to do it would have been to make it very clear to every attendee, like at registration or something, that there would be filming going on, in addition to the signs that were posted.
Also we should have made it really clear to every attendee- not to worry, that if you don't want to be filmed to have a simple way of letting me or the camera guy know- so that we would be sure NOT to film you- and if you were in a scene by accident, we would be sure to not use that shot in the documentary.

Please know that in the documentary I will and have always intended to carefully edit the material and to be very careful with crowd scenes, etc. in such a way so as to not focus on people's faces who have not consented to be in the film.
By filming in the common areas I am trying to convey a sense that this is a real community, and to dispel the stereotype that furries live in their parents' basements and have no friends. Also when people see that there are hundreds, thousands of people who share this interest- it makes it harder to bash them or call them freaks.

That said, I understand and respect if you don’t want to be filmed.  Again, if you think you might have been filmed and don't want to be, please just email me, and I'll do everything I can to respect your wishes. I’m truly sorry to have upset anyone or to have gotten in the way of anyone's having fun.

As for the Califur organizers, I cannot speak for them- but I believe that they have gone out on a limb in trusting that this documentary is a genuine attempt to portray furries in a positive and fair light, and I know that was their sincere hope and intention in allowing me to film, after seeing how furries have been so misrepresented in the past. So if you are upset about the documentary, please blame me, not them.

I welcome any comments or suggestions; please feel free to email me at: info at rabbitholefilms dot com.

Thank you.
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04:47am 22/05/2008 (UTC)
I.M. Weasel
Well I will say -- your cameraman did ask me directly if it was okay to film my tail, and I agreed...even though I was the phone and had just gotten to the hotel, so I was rather distracted...I did agree, so I guess if I end up in the film, then I'm in the film.

I shoulda known better though, but thats what I get for being a n00b.
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filming at califur-documentary
05:30am 22/05/2008 (UTC)
Hi everyone,

The cable connection has been having problems and I've got a very spotty connection, so I have to be quick before I get bumped off-
but I really thank you so much for being as understanding as you have been about this.

I am truly so sorry for any inconvenience and mostly for causing anxiety or annoyance when you came there to have fun.

I take no issue in any way with anyone's not wanting to be filmed, it's totally understandable for you to want your privacy respected.

I will be much more careful in the future about making sure that there is a clearer method of inform and consent/opt-out in any similar situation in the future.
Please- again, if you think you might have ended up on camera and don't want to be- email me and I will make sure that you DO NOT appear in the film anywhere.

Thanks again for being understanding.

I promise I'll do everything I can to make this right!

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