Tony C. submitted a question wanting to know where I wasn’t allowed to film, the “forbidden places.”
Despite this photo, access was something I was granted pretty freely as it pertained to the President’s official duties. I wouldn’t barge into the Oval Office without seeing what was going on (usually from Brian Mosteller, Katie Johnson, or Reggie Love, in the Outer Oval Office), but in general I was around. That was not the case with the First Family’s Official residence, where I was very very seldom and filmed even less.
But the real issue with Presidential videography isn’t the access as much as releasing material. No footage I shot was ever released without someone in the comms or press shop looking at it first. It was important to me to get a process for releasing footage settled just as much as worrying about access.
Thanks for the question!