Riverside approves new regulations for TV, movie filming in public spaces
RIVERSIDE – On Thursday, the Riverside Board of Trustees approved new laws regulating taping, photography and commercial filming within the village at their regular board meeting.
Recently, Riverside has been photographed and videotaped for film and television shows, including ABC's "Betrayal," which filmed in the village in October.
The village approved an ordinance requiring those who wish to photograph, or film the village's public space to turn in an application prior to filming. The application will be used to protect village property and citizens. Fees that the photographers and videographers would need to pay was updated to reflect the current market. The fees would cover the use of village security and equipment to block off streets, control traffic and watch equipment. The village agreed that anyone wishing to record in the village could provide their own security free of charge.
Trustee Joseph A. Ballerine said that he would not approve of the ordinance if the board was regulating photography or videography in private citizens' homes.
Village Manager Peter Scalera said that the village would like to be notified if the recording extends outside of the resident's home and onto public property.
"We're not going to drag this out; we want to know. We want them to notify us legally so that we know in the event that we get any calls," Scalera said.
In addition to having the proper paperwork, trustees were also interested in getting the most bang for their buck from film crews.
"There is a reason why people want to film in our village," said Trustee Douglas Pollock. "That reason is we are a beautiful village. I want to make sure we are charging the most we can without turning away any business."
Scalera reassured him that he used the actual costs to the village in the fees that would need to be paid. Some of these fees include use of Police Department patrol officers at $160-per-hour, police vehicle use for $50-per-hour and fire truck or engine use for $460-per-hour.
Ballerine said that he saw film company staff running back and forth to Starbucks regularly, instead of using the closer local businesses. The board decided that it would be best to provide any companies filming in Riverside with a list of local businesses, and possibly menus, to encourage crews to patronize local establishments.