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  • Hi there,

    We”re currently putting together a documentary that will be following two people traveling around europe/backpacking.
    It will be shot on Sony PMW-EX1 so the camera isn”t going to be a large shoudler mounted one and we are wondering what permits are needed if any.

    The whole look will be very low key and I”ve read on a lot of websites with regard to permits that x,y or z country is stricter for permits than Europe but can”t find how strict Europe is.
    Since the people involved are essentially toursits will we get away with following this line?


    Daren Afshar

    Hi Natasha,
    Are you American? If so you need Carnet for the Camera in All EU countries. If you are from Europe – EU – you’ll need just documents for the camera if somebody makes problems. Just to prove that it’s yours or rented. Especialy in my country Bulgaria you will not have any problems with this. So take it as an invitation.

    Thank you for your advice Vesselin.

    Hi Natasha with a low key approach you wont need any permits (at least in European countries I know). However its good to inform the local film commission in case you need a special location, close a street or if you want to involve more people etc..Film Commissions are listed here on TheLocationGuide.

    Best, Markus

    Hello Natasha,
    unless you enter private property you will not need any permit if you keep it low profile / news gathering style. If you are just coming with the Sony PMW-EX1 and some other small equipment you will not need a Carnet ATA. If we can help we work on Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia with local crews from our local offices… The Alps and their surrounding.

    Aysha /

    Hi Natasha

    If I can be at any help, don´t hestitate to call or E-mail me.
    I´m working as a Location Manager/Scout and a bit of Production Service, in Denmark and southern Scandinavia aswell.
    Best regards and good luck

    Kenneth Berg
    +45 20 77 90 71

    Jos Andries

    In Italy you should be OK. But the police in historic town centres in places like Rome and Florence can be very strict and if they see a camera on a tripod they may well stop you filming. If you need any help when you get to Italy, let us know!

    Ed Mash

    Hi Natasha
    Your project sounds great,Im a multi award winning DP and have many years experience in shooting docs please check out my website by any chance you havent found a DP please give me a call.
    Best wishes

    I am currently shooting with the EX1 in Rio Brazil in the favelas without a hitch but have shot tons with the same camera in the UK and Europe. Normally never have a problem just occasionally when on sticks (tripod)

    Best, Adam

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