Shoots that require moving trailers
Certain filming techniques require the use of trailers with actors sitting in a vehicle which is towed by a camera vehicle.
Special vehicles and permits are required for this technique. Permission is granted by the VLB for Berlin and the road traffic authorities for Brandenburg. Permits can only be used in the federal states i.e. Bundeslaender in which they are issued and are not valid for freeways.
As a result of increased street traffic, § 29 section 2 of federal traffic law now requires that a permit be obtained whenever a moving vehicle films another moving vehicle traveling either in front of it or from behind. Such cases do not classify as true moving trailer shoots since the vehicle does not actually tow actors situated in the loading area. The permit costs 60.00 per day and is valid for freeways as well as for public streets and roads.
If specially equipped motorized vehicles are to be used for moving shoots that have been rented from a company not yet on record, this company is to contact the VLB directly and will be granted an initial permit upon providing the following pieces of information:
1. A photo of the equipped motorized vehicle, containing side-tripods, camera and lighting equipment etc.
2. Vehicle registration
3. Official approval of non-standard adjustments made to the vehicle/TÜV-certificate
4. Proof that the vehicle is covered by liability insurance for use during professional filmmaking.
Once this information is on file with the VLB, future trips can be arranged via a non-form application containing the officially registered license plate number and the route to be traveled.
Moving shoots with blue light escort
A permit is also required whenever a flashing blue light vehicle (such as a police car or ambulance) is to be used during a shoot. The necessary permit can be obtained through the VLB for Berlin shoots and from the road traffic authority for Brandenburg.