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Inside the Covert Production on ‘Inside the FBI: New York’

"Our goal with the series: to tell stories of the individual units that make up the New York field office, as well as to humanize the agents, to give a face to the people that protect us everyday."

Detailing his work on the A&E series “Inside the FBI: New York,” cinematographer Daniel B. Levin explains, “I have shot in many unique documentary situations and have spent a good amount of time covering law enforcement, but never have we, nor any other film crew, gained access to the New York FBI field office.” From the Emmy-winning creator of “Law & Order” Dick Wolf, and Peabody- and Emmy-winning filmmaker Marc Levin, the show is a documentary series with a never-before-seen look at the New York field office of the FBI.

“Our goal with the series: to tell stories of the individual units that make up the New York field office, as well as to humanize the agents, to give a face to the people that protect us everyday,” Levin continues. “As the DP, my goal is to capture as much authenticity and vérité as we can. We must consistently remain highly flexible and reactive when the moment is right and we are called upon.

“We shoot the majority of the show in a stripped-down, distinct run-and-gun style. The special agents we follow are accustomed to maintaining a low profile on the street, and we don’t want to stick out by following them with huge cameras and crews. We have to act nimbly, jumping in and out of cars and helicopters, and remaining mobile. Furthermore, when we are told that we were shooting a raid or hostage rescue training exercise with only an hour to prepare, we have to figure out how to maximize what we have and to get it right.”

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