Local vs. Distant Locations

All members of the crew are required to be at set on time and ready to work prior to call time. Distance to set does not constitute an excuse to be late or to leave the set earlier than the scheduled company wrap.

All members of the crew are required to be at set on time and ready to work prior to call time. Distance to set does not constitute an excuse to be late or to leave the set earlier than the scheduled company wrap.

Local Locations

A local location is any location within the school’s studio zone.

When shooting at a local location the travel time will always be calculated from the College’s production offices in University Center A to the location base camp area, regardless of where individual crew members live.

Each day of production is allotted a penalty-free, one-way drive time of 30 minutes at the speed of the Grip Truck. Any distance from the production office to the location that exceeds 30 minutes will be considered a drive-time penalty and that additional time is subtracted from the 12-hour shooting day. Any drive-time over 30 minutes is a minute-for-minute penalty. Any unused time of distances shorter than 30 minutes may not be added to the shooting day or applied towards overtime.

All F1, F2, F3, D1, and D2 productions must be shot at local locations within the studio zone.

Distant Locations

A distant location is any location outside of the school’s studio zone. When shooting at a distant location the travel time from the production office will always be calculated from the hotel or temporary residence where the BTL crew is being accommodated.

Each day of production is allotted a penalty-free, one-way drive time of 30 minutes at the speed of the Grip Truck. Any distance from the production office to the location that exceeds 30 minutes will be considered a drive-time penalty and that additional time is subtracted from the 12-hour shooting day. Any drive-time over 30 minutes is a minute-for-minute penalty. Any unused time of distances shorter than 30 minutes may not be added to the shooting day or applied towards overtime.

Documentaries:

Documentaries are permitted to shoot at distant locations within the contiguous United States. Permission to travel must be attained in advance from the Documentary development instructor.

BFA and MFA thesis films:

BFA and MFA thesis films may also request permission to shoot at a distant location outside of the studio zone. Due to the added complexity of shooting thesis films at distant locations and the added wear-and-tear on school equipment, approval will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

Students will need to present a thorough case to faculty that addresses the following:

  • Why this location is essential to the success of the film.
  • A budget/plan for transporting, housing, and feeding the cast and crew for the duration of the distant shoot.
  • A budget/plan for transporting, housing, and feeding a faculty member for the duration of the distant shoot.
  • A budget/plan for transporting, parking, and securely managing school vehicles and equipment during the distant shoot.
  • A back-up plan for if the camera or other mission-critical equipment go down.
  • A schedule showing key deadlines for locking locations, securing accommodations, and any other critical plans. Permission for shooting at a distant location will be revoked if these deadlines are not hit, and the production will need to shoot locally.
  • A schedule of travel days and drive times during the production week.
  • A local back-up plan, in case permission is not granted and/or the distant location falls through.

The request to shoot at a distant location should be made as early as possible in the development/pre-production process, and no later than two weeks before the first day of production on the show. Approval must be received first from the Director’s Prep Faculty, then the Head of Set Operations, the Head of Production, and lastly the Associate Dean.