On April 12th Firefly announced a contest on their Instagram that they were looking for a fan photographer. There was a page on their website where you could submit a portfolio and an idea for what you would shoot while you were at the festival. In return Firefly would give the winner a media pass. The day the contest was announced I wrote up my idea and compiled my portfolio and I applied. The contest was completed on the 24th of April but they did not announce a winner. Several weeks went by and they posted on their website that the “results were under review.” It stayed like that until and throughout the festival. In the days leading up to Firefly I tweeted at them and even sent the Firefly media team an email, but I never heard back from them, so I decided to take matters into my own hands. I made this movie to bring attention to the fact that Firefly bans cameras with detachable lenses. They do this to protect the rights of the artists that perform at the festival. However, like I said in the video, Firefly is a music festival that celebrates creative freedom and because I express my creativity through photography and videography I find the ban on cameras unfair. In this day and age most phones sold today shoot video in 4k and have between 12-16 megapixel camera sensors, the people in the front row can take Pictures with their phone that are just as good as the ones taken by the pro's cameras. If Firefly really wants to protect the artists then they will have to ban phone photography as well as dslr cameras. The bottom line is that Firefly has good intentions but there is really no point in banning cameras. People will record the artists regardless.
song link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlEb3L1PIco
song link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CictPbTWkBU
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Firefly Music Festival 2017 After-Movie