Please read the following before beginning production.
Maximum Project Length
5 minutes of edited audiovisual content.
Keeping the crew of your project limited to students not only provides the educational experience afforded by collaborative media production but also ensures your work will be eligible for the “student” category of film festivals and competitions, which have stringent rules about non-professional crew. Principal crew on these projects is limited to students enrolled in 355 Advanced Projects. We encourage you to seek out student production designers, composers, and musicians through the Oxy Digest or by directly contacting affiliate programs such as Music, Studio Art, or Theater. No crew from outside Occidental is permitted without express permission of the faculy supervisor.
The MAC Program trains students in digital video workflows. Use of the department's cameras, equipment, and software platforms designated for your course context is required unless otherwise cleared by the faculty member.
2 principal photography shooting days, and 1 pickup shoot day, max for fictional projects. Documentary projects can divide up shoots into smaller increments, if pre-approved by faculty mentor. No day to exceed 10 hours. Water and snacks should be made available on set to cast and crew for shoot of any duration, but a meal break of at least 30 minutes with a meal provided to all cast and crew must occur every 4 hours. 12-hour turnaround requirement for cast and crew between shoots. Projects must have call sheets pre-approved by faculty mentor in advance of shoot, and daily production reports must be submitted to faculty mentor within 48 hours of shoot’s completion.
Shooting Ratio 18:1
90 minutes of footage max.
Actors (if any)
Non-Union actors only. Do not develop projects involving minors, as the use of minor actors involves prohibitive costs. See Casting for more information on these issues.
Rights and Clearances
All music and audiovisual content that is rights-controlled must be logged and cleared (via contract, permission from rights holder, or faculty-approved fair use claim) before public exhibition (see Keeping a Rights and Clearances Log for more information).
Required. Containing crew contracts, release forms, emergency medical forms, call sheets, aesthetic plan, any permits or certificates of insurance, music release forms, clearance log, etc. Projects cannot be exhibited until production notebook is cleared by faculty mentor.
Production Travel outside Los Angeles County
Not permitted, due to turnaround time and size of projects.
Budgeting Caps and Fundraising Methods
The maximum budget cap for Advanced Projects productions is $300, though such external funding is not required to produce a successful, innovative project. Students are required to produce a project budget for pre-approval by the faculty supervisor.
Be smart and creative as you develop your project, taking advantage of resources and locations you have at your disposal. Avoid projects involving any of the restricted areas detailed in the Making Sure Your Project is Safe and Casting sections of this handbook to prevent any potential additional costs. Use our Gift In Kind Donation Form to get a local restaurant to donate a meal to your production as a tax write-off. ArtM 355 students are encouraged to plan ahead and apply for ASP Grants from Occidental's Undergraduate Research Center, which provide grants of up to $300 to student projects.
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