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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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05:11pm 23/05/2008 (UTC)
Hi there,

Thank you for being understanding to what has been said in these threads. The only input that I have is that there needs to be a joint effort to put up more clearly placed signs that indicate filming in process. Ironically, though I was completely against the black curtains, they could have been been used to put these signs up. I have wondered onto locations that are being filmed in LA as a random person and the only way I knew that the area was being filmed was that they had signs on podiums saying that I was on a location that was being filmed and that I was agreeing to be filmed by stepping onto that location.

I only saw you once and trying to locate you to tell you that I might not have wanted to be in the film make it hard on yourself and the con-goers.

Since I attended the Con very last minute and was invited by friends, I don't know if you did this, but it seems like there was no prior mention to your presents on the website. Advance notice would have been nice as well.

I am not trying to complain or criticize you. I'm just trying give some helpful suggestions for next time...
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