Introductory Guidelines and Protocols

COURSE SPECIFIC

PROD 200 · PROD 330 · PROD 379 · PROD 500 · SCWR 510/511 (For in Class Projects)

*NOTE:  Students in PROD 200 are REQUIRED to SUBMIT THEIR FIRST PROJECT IN PERSON -with SOPHIA COSTANZO, Senior Administrative Coordinator, COMM ARTS Room 103. 

 Please Provide at least 8 days lead time – Sophia works normal work hours – M-F, 9AM-5PM. 

ALL PROJECTS

For a workflow for submitting Introductory Projects for approval, click here.

Project Types

A DIY at Home and a NON-DIY at home*
*Applies to PROD 200, PROD 379, PROD 500 ONLY

DIY at HOME  ARE DEFINED AS FOLLOWS:

  • Projects completed ONLY at the FILMMAKERS HOUSEHOLD AND with ONLY those who live in the SAME HOUSEHOLD (Both these elements are required). Students will use only their personal cameras or phones to capture these projects.  
  • If a DIY AT HOME is the right approach to the project – we hope that students will continue to utilize this option as the options has have provided an opportunity to learn to use “what they have” to create personal and interesting projects.

A NON- DIY AT HOME is DEFINED AS ANY PROJECT WITHOUT BOTH OF THE ELEMENTS OUTLINED ABOVE.  

ALL NON-DIY AT HOME PROJECTS WILL REQUIRE a FILMING PERMIT – either on or off campus!!

NON-DIY elements:

  • Filming with cast/crew who are not part of your household.
  • Filming where you do not live. 
  • Filming where you live but with cast/crew who you do not live with.
  • NON-DIY-at-Home projects require an on campus Mazevo permit or FilmLA permit depending on the location.
  • An 8-Day lead time is required for all NON-DIY-AT-HOME projects or those that require permitting on campus. The same lead time is required for projects that require municipal permits – We do suggest a 2-Week lead for municipal permits.

Procedure

  • ALL STUDENTS are to submit their projects on SFTV ON TAP
  • Drop down Audition, Rehearsal, PRODUCTION – YOU ARE SUBMITTING FOR A PRODUCTION
  • For DIY at HOME 5 days before you are expected to film
  • For NON – DIY at HOME 8 days before you are expected to film 

ANYTIME YOU ARE FILMING IN A DORM (even yours) you will  require your Roommates and RD approval – you will use this hard copy form to obtain that approval HOUSING FORM.

  • New students, anyone who has not taken the COVID Health and Safety Badge Training before and is working on set, and students working as Health and Safety Supervisors on Intermediate or Advanced Productions are required to take this updated training. It is strongly recommended that all filmmakers and anyone working in a production position review these updates closely. Health Check-in/Sign-in Sheets are not required on Introductory projects.
  • You can earn your required Safety Badges in an in person or online training provided by PAT.  The schedule for trainings can be found in the SFTV Production Handbook’s Calendar or LEO (RSVP on LEO). All trainings are also available on Brightspace as self-paced instruction followed by a quiz. We highly recommend the in person or online trainings! Required* and recommended Safety Badge trainings for introductory projects include:
    • General Production Safety Badge*
    • COVID Health and Safety Badge*
    • IATSE Lighting and Grip Safety Badge
    • Truck Loading
  • ONLY LMU STUDENTS TO BE USED AS CAST/CREW 
  • NO MORE THAN 2 LOCATIONS TOTAL for each project 
  • NO more than 8 cast and crew (Prod 379 no more than  5 and SCWR 510/511 per class size))
  • NO filming out of the 30-mile zone
  • NO PROP GUNS
  • OTHER HAND WEAPONS
    • Scenes making use of knives, swords, bayonets, etc. are required to use props made of rubber or similar material (normal eating utensils are exempted). They should be kept in a secure place and only taken out for rehearsal and filming. There is rarely, if ever, a need to have a sharp-edged prop in a film. All knives, swords and the like should have blunt edges. Keep in mind that wood, plastic or rubber weapons may be hazardous if used in a stabbing or lunging mode – in these cases, soft-tipped weapons are more appropriate. 
  • NO Stunts
  • NO Minors or Animals (unless the project is a DIY-at-Home and the minor or animal lives in that household)
  • NO EXT NIGHT FILMING – except with existing light
  • FILMING WINDOW is to be between 7AM- 10PM weekdays and 9AM-10PM weekends – the follows the FILM LA normal permitting windows.
  • NO filming in moving cars
  • NO filming in water (Bathtub/shower work can be approved on a case by case basis)
  • FOR QUESTIONS on SMOKE/SMOKING
    • There are no open flame / candles allowed on campus.
    • There is no smoke or fog allowed on campus except with approval from DPS on one of our stages.

Best Practices and Other Guidance

  • No NON-LMU Visitors are allowed on your set.
  • It is still the best practice to avoid CLOSE CONTACT when working together or with those outside of your household.
  • Close contact is defined as being less than 6-feet away from another person for NO MORE THAN 15 minutes in a 24-hour period
  • Masking is ENCOURAGED on-set for crew and for cast ,when not on camera, when filming at indoor locations. Masking is also encouraged at all times on any set.

SINCE it is a requirement to work on students film(s) for these course, we encourage PROD 200,  500, SCWR 510/511 students to consider the role of Health Safety Supervisor (HSS) on student sets.  This is a role where you can spend time working with not just the Director but the Key Production roles, developing your prep/set communication skills, observing up close LMU student sets, and assessing your set interests. Take on a role of authority and be an important member of the SFTV filmmaking community.

PLEASE REVIEW SPECIFIC AREAS OF THE PRODUCTION HANDBOOK FOR MORE COMPREHENSIVE and IN DEPTH INFORMATION on Safety Requirements, Production Elements not listed here,  Industry Best Practices and MANY MANY other FILMMAKING RESOURCES at SFTV can be found in the SFTV Production Handbook. 

  • ALL Students are expected to review their course syllabus and one-sheet for additional specs, filming guidelines and violation policies.  
  • As stated in the Production Handbook in the Safety & Violations section, SFTV has a twelve-hour maximum work day rule.  

Locations

  • ALL LOCATIONS MUST BE PERMITTED (on-campus and off) FOR THE APPROPRIATE DATE, TIME AND WORK YOU ARE COMPLETING.
  • AGAIN — An 8-Day lead time is required for all NON-DIY-AT-HOME projects or those that require permitting on campus. The same lead time is required for projects that require municipal permits. We do suggest a 2-Week lead for municipal permits.
  • There is no filming on roofs allowed.
  • For answers about the permitting process and production/location costs, please reach out to Nyla Manuel, and visit the Student Production Office on either campus.

EQUIPMENT for PROD 200, 500, 379 (one project). Please note:  (Please check links)

THE FILMMAKER and INSTRUCTOR ARE ENCOURAGED to have discussions regarding equipment before the student is asked to reserve equipment

  • We ask that equipment decisions are approached by faculty through the lens that discusses selecting the proper equipment for the film.  These discussions will serve the students in future production planning and act as another natural stagger in the area of equipment capacity – – examples: 
    • Described for the documentary B-Roll no tripod –  ONLY A PHONE SHOULD BE USED, 
    • PV will require LED light kit only – NO other lights can be used in any of the spaces
    • For doc interviews – the Production sound dept can provide a shotgun mic for our XL100.  We may not have the connections for other personal cameras
    • To be clear – CHECKING OUT SFTV equipment is not REQUIRED  – in the past professors have told student using LMU Equipment was required – this is not the case and never has been.  However, no lighting equipment OTHER than what is provided by Lighting/Grip should be used.

Camera

  • Available: Canon XF100, Bogen Tripod, Slate, Gray Card 
  • *Students provide record media
  • Process (with Links to reservation or info)

L&G:

  • Available: Small 3-light package (combination of tweenies, minis) 3 stands, stingers, sandbags, Flex- Fill.
  • Process (with Links to reservation or info)

Sound

  • Available:  A shotgun microphone, a short XLR cable and a shockmount
  • If using their own equipment, none will be provided.
  • Process (with Links to reservation or info)

Casting

No Auditions will be supported on site. Virtual auditions are increasingly used in the new normal and are good practice for students. Since you are working with LMU Cast and Crew ONLY, we encourage students to utilize the SFTV/CFA Virtual Open Casting Call, a student run event held earlier this semester that showcases auditions with LMU theatre students.

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