The College of Motion Picture Arts has an established “studio zone” for local productions. The zone is based on a set driving distance from University Center A. All shoots within the zone are considered “local” productions; all shoots outside the zone are considered “distant” productions.
All F1, F2, F3, D1, and D2 productions must shoot within the studio zone. This restriction is in place for a number of reasons: to make it possible for faculty and staff to visit locations during preps and shoots; to reduce wear and tear on production vehicles; and, for safety reasons, to place a cap on driving times for cast and crew.
BFA and MFA Thesis productions are permitted to shoot outside of the zone. Permission must be attained in advance from supervising faculty members, the Head of Production, and the Associate Dean.
Documentary production are also permitted to shoot outside of the zone. Permission must be attained in advance from the Documentary development instructor. No documentaries, however, are permitted to shoot outside of the contiguous United States.