I got kicked out (or rather, strongly warned) about filming in the caucuses, as its quite sensitive to film people in this context (never mind I was careful to capture people’s back from afar so they wouldn’t be identifiable).
Later, though, I saw some guy pull out a camera in the middle of the debate and nobody said anything. So I thought it was my chance to film the WSB family participating in the caucus! Except that I was far away from them so I used the fake zoom of the Flip, only to discover that it produces a useless fuzzy picture — as I had been warned before (wah, wah, wah),
Clearances, the main issue that shut-down most of the groups’ ideas in pre-production can bite you when you are out there too. The presence of a camera (even as little as the Flip) can cause unexpected reactions. Normally, I can walk into any place without being noticed, but with the Flip and the monopod (or “camera harpoon” like my favorite WSB member called it) I didn’t experience the same anonymous presence I’m used to. I got lots of smiles and hellos. However, as I was starting to bask int he welcoming feeling of the people, I was confronted about my “intentions” with my little Flip.
So be sure you check out your clearances, probably as soon as you have an idea for a project. Yet if the answer is “no,” don’t give up right away, try another angle.