How to Book a Sound Stage and Stage Guidelines

  • Students can only use the sound stages by completing a Stage Booking Form after their project has been approved by the Head of Production.
  • Head of Production Office must sign the form first, then the Studio Operations Administrator will sign.
  • Read and sign Sound Stage Facilities form.
    • Both forms must be read and signed.
    • Once a reservation has been made, you will be held by contract for the date(s) to use the stage.
  • At the end of the scheduled use of the stage, the Studio Operations Administrator must sign off that the studio has been restored to original condition. Until that occurs, your production is still responsible for the condition of the stage. 
  • NO SMOKE, FOG, and/or HAZE ARE ALLOWED.
  • All construction, painting, and storage of set dressing or sets must be done inside the stage.
  • All stages are rented clean and swept and must be returned clean and swept. Upon strike, there will be an inspection of catwalks, grids, walls, stage floor and fire equipment.
    • Any damaged or missing equipment will be replaced and charged to the student who reserved the stage.
  • You need to obtain written permission to paint the stage floor.
  • You may not use any adhesive on the stage floor. This includes anything used for flooring, tile, carpet, vinyl, etc.
  • Yellow fire lanes must be kept clear at all times.
    • All fire equipment, fire hydrants, fire extinguishers, fire hoses, and post indicator valves – which are painted red or yellow – must be kept fully operable, clear, and accessible at all times.
  • All pedestrian doors must be unlocked and accessible.
    • Do not block aisles, fire lanes, or exits.
  • All ladders, set walls or lumber leaning against walls must be secured to walls (tied off) when stored.
  • No vehicles may be brought onto the stage unless arranged in advance with the Studio Operations Administrator and the Head of Production.
    • Only TV Stage (Stage 2) can accommodate a vehicle. Please contact Aaron Dowell about the requirements of using an approved vehicle on the stage.
      • See the Vehicles On Stage section below for more details.
  • You cannot light fires or use smoke or fog effects without the approval of Production Administration. 
  • VEHICLE ENGINES CANNOT BE STARTED AT ANY TIME WHILE IN THE STAGE OR LOADING DOCK.
  • WE RECOMMEND filming cars can the TV stage (Stage 2) as cars typically cannot make the turn into the stage.
  • Cars must have less than ┬╝ tank of fuel.
  • The battery must be disconnected. This means lowering all electric windows first before disconnecting the battery if a clear interior shot is needed.
  • Cars must be pushed into the loading dock, not driven, then placed on Gojaks (which we have) to position the cars for their shot.
    • WE RECOMMEND cars stay on the Gojaks unless your shot requires seeing an entire stationary car.
    • Gojaks cannot be placed until the car has been pushed on the stage. Otherwise, they will get stuck in the elephant door tracks.
  • Cars cannot be started or driven into the building. It is recommended that cars are smaller in size, no vans or large SUV’s, buses, or limos etc. 
  • Recyclable wastes (i.e. paper, aluminum cans, PET & HDPE plastics, glass, etc.), with the exception of construction debris (wood), must be deposited in appropriate recycle bins located on the side of the building.
  • Hazardous Materials (i.e. liquid waste, hard paint waste, flammable liquids, chemicals or corrosive materials) must be stored in safety cans or approved containers in a manner which complies with the University’s Environmental Management Procedures and all relevant governmental regulations.
    • Approved hazardous materials storage containers are available through the Studio Operations Administrator’s office at extension 85178.
  • Hazardous material disposal must be coordinated through LMU’s Safety and Environmental Department.
    • Storage and disposal of these materials must comply with the University’s Environmental Management Procedures and all relevant governmental regulations. Call extension 87861 for information.
  • Any allowable hazardous materials brought and/or used on site (i.e. flammables, corrosives, etc.) must have material safety data sheets (MSDS) on site and available for review.
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