Introductory Guidelines and Protocols

COURSE SPECIFIC

PROD 200 · 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 Malik McCrea, Senior Administrative Coordinator, COMM ARTS Room 103. 

 Please Provide at least 8 days lead time – Malik works M-F, 9AM-5PM. 

ALL PROJECTS

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

Project Types

A 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 it has provided an opportunity to learn to use “what they have” to create personal and interpersonal projects.

STANDARD is DEFINED AS ANY PROJECT WITHOUT BOTH OF THE ELEMENTS OUTLINED ABOVE.  

ALL STANDARD PROJECTS WILL REQUIRE a FILMING PERMIT – either on or off campus!!

STANDARD PROJECT 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.
  • STANDARD projects require an on campus Mazevo permit or FilmLA permit depending on the location.
  • An 8-Day lead time is required for all STANDARD 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 STANDARD 8 days before you are expected to film 

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

  • 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*
    • IATSE Lighting and Grip Safety Badge
    • Truck Loading
  • 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

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 Standard 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.

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

Virtual auditions are increasingly used in the new normal and are good practice for students. 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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