WPTV Contact

Karol Hoeffner, Chair of Screenwriting

Office email: karol.hoeffner@lmu.edu

If you are a graduate student, please respond directly to the Graduate Director of Screenwriting, who will arrange a meeting to discuss your concerns.

Michael Daley, Graduate Director of Writing and Producing for Television, Associate Clinical Professor, Screenwriting Department

Office email: Michael.Daley@lmu.edu

For Graduate Students: SFTV Grad Advising

Production Info for WPTV


During their first year, WPTV students produce a variety of short films in a collaborative environment. Under traditional circumstances, WPTV students use SFTV provided camera, sound, and lighting and grip equipment to produce multiple short films while rotating through the roles of writer-producer, director, cinematographer, sound mixer, grip, and gaffer, and script supervisor/editor on each other’s projects. When remote, students explore visual storytelling and all production and post-production roles by producing several short films with equipment, performers, and crew available where they live.

To prepare for the third-year thesis project, WPTV students should participate in the production scheduling meeting managed by Production Administration on the first Friday of each semester. Students state their preferred production dates during the upcoming semester to get a sense of overall equipment needs at these meetings. The priority window for WPTV thesis productions typically starts the week after Thanksgiving during Fall Semester and continues through the second full week of February during Spring Semester. WPTV theses use cameras available for advanced projects at SFTV. WPTV students may select whichever production dates they prefer but are not guaranteed a specific camera regardless of chosen week.

Equipment access is dependent on the class you are in and a lottery system. Most thesis shoots happen on weekends, and camera and equipment lotteries happen Thursdays two weeks before the shooting weekend.

SFTV Sustainable Production Practices


  • SFTV is part of the Green Film School Alliance. You can read the press release here. The goal of GFSA is to make “green production” a standard practice for all filmmakers. Below you will find what SFTV is doing to lessen the impact of production on the environment. Interested in doing more? The GFSA has adapted industry-standard practices for students! PEACHy is a version of the Green Production Guide’s (GPG) industry-standard, best practices Production Environmental Actions Checklist (PEACH). The PEACHy can be used to  submit as the EMA Green Seal for Students application. The EMA Green Seal is an industry recognized program honoring progress in sustainable production. The EMA Green Seal appears in the end credits of your film.

Physical production can generate a lot of waste that isn’t good for the environment. On average film and television productions produce 500 Tonnes of Co2. That is essentially the equivalent of 108 cars on the road for a year. Therefore, it is vital to reduce Co2 emissions as they are greenhouse gasses that evoke global warming.

SFTV recommends the industry-level sustainable practices outlined by the GFSA to Reuse, Recycle and Reduce landfill. Practicing sustainability on-set will prepare you for working in the professional world but more importantly, it’s good for the planet! To better understand what you can do on-set, check out this NYU student film that documents their on-set sustainability efforts.

SFTV is encouraging all students to implement the following steps on-set:

Step 1 Dedicate sustainability tasks to a specific crew member. This person would help with making sure a source of water is available on-set, communicating the #PlasticFreeProduction messaging, and separating Recycables from landfill. Liliana Chomsky is our student Sustainability Representative. She can answer questions about practicing on-set sustainability.

Step 2 Avoid Plastic Water Bottles and paper Coffee Cups on-set. (Most coffee cups contain plastic.) Encourage your cast/crew to BYO – Bring Your Own Water Bottle and Reusable Coffee Mug to set. SFTV will send some compostable coffee cups* and extra Water Bottles* to set for cast/crew who forget to bring their own. Consider bringing extras to set, if you have them, and send reminders on your Call Sheet.

Step 3 Avoid Waste! Be strategic in your catering and craft service purchases. Buy in bulk. Split the costs with another filmmaker to save money. If possible, consider making your own coffee on-set instead of buying every day. Bring your non-perishable left over craft service to COM 103, and we will donate it to the LMU Pantry.

Step 4 Provide a source of water for the Cast and Crew. No plastic water bottles! Students can refill their reusable water bottles on-set. Five PUR Water Filter Dispensers* are available to productions working off campus. PAT will assign them to Intermediate/Advanced productions. Students filming on campus have access to Water Refill Stations. Another option? Bring your own Brita to set!

Step 5 Eco Trashbags* will be provided for on-set use. Students are encouraged to separate recyclables from items that go to landfill (food waste, trash, utensils). In the future, we hope to work with Green LMU on a compost option for students. The goal is to reduce what goes to landfill.

If you’re interested in SFTV’s sustainability efforts or have any suggestions, please email us at sftvprodadmin@lmu.edu.

Thank you SFTV for doing your part!

*Intermediate/Advanced productions have priority with items asterisked.


Water Bottles – Stainless steel or glass are good options but use what you have!
Coffee Mugs
On Campus Water Refill Stations
Find a Green Vendor
SFTV Sustainable Production Practices Flyer
Waste Landfill Signage
Waste Recycle Signage
Water Bottle Flyer
Water Dispenser Flyer

SCWR 680

SCWR 680

Shooting Weeks

  • After week 13 of the Fall semester and before week 4 of the Spring semester
  • A 4 day one weekend shoot schedule can be considered 


  • CAMERA: Available: All gear available in the Camera Services Dept. (Multiple camera and lens packages need approval). Arri Alexa Mini Camera available based on priority AND the Camera Assistant and DP have attended an Alexa Mini Workshop with the Camera Services Administrator.
  • L&G –   Available: Up to 8 lights  and supporting grip equipment.  
    • We will review your grip and electric insurance requests on a case by case basis
  • PRODUCTION SOUND: Available: All the equipment in PSD

SCWR 510/511

SCWR 510/511

  • Project Submission:
    • Projects are filmed during class time on Mondays/Tuesdays
    • 2 projects per section film each week.
    • Projects film Week 7 through Week 14.
    • Before filming, students will submit their project on SFTV On Tap at least 8-days in advance for approval. 
    • Once a project is approved, students can submit for On Campus permits. Permits must be submitted on Mazevo 5-days in advance. 
  • Locations:
    • Only 2 locations can be used per project. We encourage students to consider using the following locations:
      • Interiors Playa Vista Campus – (not submitted via Mazevo)
        • Flexible Studio Space – this curtained area has light set dressing of Living Area, office, bedroom)
        • PVC 222 – (Classroom reserved for 510/511)
        • PVC 286 – (Blackbox reserved for 510/511)
        • All other spaces at PVC require a permit through Mazevo.
      • Interiors Westchester
        • These spaces require a permit through Mazevo. Pictures can be found in the Locations Directory.
        • Seaver 202
        • Seaver 216
        • Seaver 223
      • Exteriors Westchester
        • These spaces require a permit through Mazevo. Pictures can be found in the Locations Directory.
        • Bluff (OMA Bluff) – This is near the O’Malley Apartments.
        • HFP Outside Patio
        • Interfaith Garden
        • Sculpture Garden
  • Equipment:
    • Faculty/T.A.s will notify Lighting & Grip of location of filming and enter student projects in the 510/511 schedule.
    • PVC Interior Equipment: Diva, stand and sandbag
    • Westchester Interior or Exterior Equipment: Flex Fill and Sandbag
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