Information for students planning to film on and off campus.
Whether you are shooting on film or video students will need to secure a permit when filming their projects in a public space. There are several resources for securing these permits.
1. For on campus filming you must inform the Public Affairs Office in the administration building room 819. Extension 3 – 3050.
They will need a copy of your script or a description of the scene to be shot in order to make a determination concerning your shoot. This is strictly for reasons of safety.
2. For most of Los Angeles County you will need to contact Film LA Inc. 213-977-8600 http://www.filmla.com/index.php. You may obtain most of the forms you will need online. Student film permits start at $25.00. To see a list of the areas within the County of Los Angeles served by film LA go to their website, select Our Service, then choose the Areas Served
You will need a letter from your professor, or the department stating that you are a student in good standing, that this project is for "noncommercial purposes " and that it fulfills a requirement for your class.
3. For cities that are not listed with Film LA you must go to the permit office of that city. There are many cities that we have an existing relationship with such as Pasadena. You will still need to fill out an application and you will still need the letter but that should be all you need.
If you find yourself in a city that does not have the schools insurance information on file you should expect that it will take an additional two weeks before that information can be processed. If that city's insurance requirements are outside the norm, then it could take longer.
When you are filling out the forms there will inevitably be a line requesting the name of the production company. That will be your name, not the schools.