Film & Still Photography Policies

Museum visitors are permitted to take non-commercial photographs (snapshots) within the Museum grounds and within the exhibit rooms of Van Cortlandt House Museum.  Photography using a tripod is not permitted within Van Cortlandt House and any photographer using a tripod on the Museum grounds must be respectful of other visitors or they may be asked to discontinue use of a tripod.

Exceptions to this policy may be in place due to curatorial or security requirements.  Restrictions on photography may also be in effect for borrowed objects where such restrictions are a condition of the loan.  Any instance of a restriction on our regular photographic policy as listed above will be noted in an appropriate location.

Commercial photography is strictly prohibited without prior permission and arrangement.  All arrangements for commercial photography must be made through the Director of Van Cortlandt House Museum at least two weeks in advance of a desired date.  Rules and basic rates for commercial photography are listed below.  Please note that every commercial photography or filming project is different so the prices listed below are for informational purposes only.

Van Cortlandt House Museum offers a unique setting for film and still photography shoots.  The classic vernacular-Georgian symmetry of the exterior is echoed in the tasteful authentic 18th century interiors.  Home to several generations of prominent New Yorkers, the house has been carefully restored to its mid-late 18th century appearance.  Van Cortlandt House has been the choice of many documentary film makers as a setting for scholarly interviews. Filming exterior and interior scenes for a 1920’s era episodic series at Van Cortlandt House saved the production company from having to relocate the entire cast and crew to Ireland.  Film and still photography scouts are welcome to visit anytime during regular museum hours or by appointment during office hours Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

While The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York welcomes commercial print and film photography at Van Cortlandt House Museum, our first priority is preservation of the property as a legacy for future generations to enjoy.  Priority is given to the Museum’s school and public programs when scheduling any commercial projects.

Fees

Effective January 2012 — based on rental of one floor of Van Cortlandt House

ALL film, television, video, and still photography shoots MUST RETAIN INSURANCE REGARDLESS of non-profit status.

FILM or TELEVISION SHOOTS
8 hours $5,000.00
Hourly Overtime $750.00 per hour (unless negotiated no less than 24 hours prior to start of shoot)

VIDEO SHOOTS – hand held cameras only
8 hours $2,500.00
Hourly Overtime $350.00 per hour (unless negotiated no less than 24 hours prior to start of shoot)

EDITORIAL/STILL PHOTOGRAPHY based on rental of one floor of Van Cortlandt House with mandatory Green Room/Hair/Makeup in Herb Cellar included
8 hours $2,500.00
Hourly Overtime $350.00 per hour (unless negotiated no less than 24 hours prior to start of shoot)

Non-profit film crews (PBS, etc.) or film crews of less than six people are subject to lower rates which may be negotiated with VCHM Director, Laura Carpenter.

 
Contact

Contact

NSCDNY
215 East 71st Street,
New York, N.Y., 10021
Tel (212) 744-3572,
Fax (212) 988-1776
www.nscdny.org
email: info@nscdny.org

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