12 Hour Rule


SFTV has a twelve-hour maximum work day rule. During your production you are restricted to working no more than 12 hours.

NOTE: Any student director/producer who is found to have worked in excess of twelve hours will be considered to have violated the LMU safety policy and will be subject to disciplinary action. Directors/producers must provide reasonable turn around time for their cast and crew, but not less than 10 full hours.

  • The workday starts at call time. If the location is outside the 30-mile radius, then travel time to and from the location is considered work time and is included in the 12 hours.
  • The workday ends when all the equipment has been loaded or stored and the cast and crew leave to go home (see travel time above)
  • A maximum of 1/2 hour of mealtime is the only time that is deducted from the workday. Most productions choose to break for ½ hour meal.  In other words, if you break for a ½ hour, your workday can be a total of 12 ½ elapsed hours.  If it is a one-hour or more meal break you still cannot go past the 12 ½ hours lapsed on set. 
  • Whether your crew is lighting, shooting, scouting or just hanging out waiting for the perfect light, this is all considered time.
  • Building long “breaks” into your schedule does not grant you permission to extend your shooting hours beyond 12 (i.e. no “split days”).
  • Every student has the right to leave and is not obligated to work beyond the elapsed 12 ½ hours.
  • To report work hour concerns or any other safety issues, please call the SFTV Safety Hotline at 310-258-2686 or email  sftvsafetyhotline@lmu.edu

PLEASE NOTE: Any cast or crew member who believes that he/she is too tired to drive safely should notify the Director and/or the Producer. In that event, the Producer/Director will endeavor to find alternative means of transportation or provide a rest area or hotel room. No one having slept less than 5 hours in the past 24 hours can be allowed to operate a vehicle (studies show reaction times are equivalent to a drunk driver in this scenario).

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