Today was a pretty rough shoot. Not only were we outside in the blazing heat all day long, but our neighbors managed to stir up quite a fuss over us shooting out there as well.
After posting on NextDoor with positive response, and after asking our nearest neighbors and getting the thumbs-up, we decided to block off our street from where it connects with Trammel to the opposite end of our property--roughly 80ft of the road--so we could have our gear out there without having to worry about traffic. To get to the rest of the street required driving an extra block down and coming in from the opposite side. Not a huge inconvenience, I wouldn't have thought.
A few hours into our shoot we were visited by a police officer, who essentially showed up because he was required to. He was very understanding about the situation and didn't tell us to shut down. However, once three more cops had visited, the sergeant told us it was over. A couple of neighbors visit us too, throughout the day. They made sure to let us know how much of a problem we had caused for them. Well, really it was only one guy who did that. Another guy came by a bit later to complain, but he said he was just complaining because he saw the other guy do it.
Long story short, 99% of our neighborhood was cool with the shoot, and a few even came by to tell us how cool it was that we were shooting there. BUT the one or two people who hated it REALLY hated it, enough to start contacting city council members. My big lesson for the day was that I should really start learning about the process for getting city permits to film.
We shot ALMOST everything we needed today, but we'll have to pick up the pace tomorrow. We were able to find a new location, and we rented a UHAUL to get the gear over there. I really hope tomorrow goes better. Ugh.