Pick-Up Photography Request

Production Paperwork


Pick-up photography is defined as any photography taken after completion of principal photography in order to enhance the narrative.

On the BFA and MFA Thesis cycles, students may make a request for pick-up photography to improve moments in the film that were not captured successfully during principal photography. Pick-up requests may not be made for additional moments or scenes that were not part of the original shooting plan. Requests for pick-up photography must include:

  • the exact nature of the subject matter to be shot;
  • the reason why it was not shot with the first unit crew during principal photography;
  • the date, times, and location of the proposed shoot;
  • a summary of the plan for the pick-up shoot, including any equipment requests and budgetary considerations;
  • the crew required for the proposed shoot, including names and signatures (you’ll need to determine how many crew members you need and you’ll need to recruit them);
  • any other supporting documentation.

No show will be approved for more than six hours of pick-up photography. And all pick-up photography will need to be completed and cut into the edit before picture lock. In some cases, this may mean that the turnaround time for pick-up photography is tight, so students will need to be diligent and proactive if they want to put in a request.

Since pick-up photography involves time and resources, requests will not be approved automatically. Approvals will only be granted if the time and resources are available and if students make a compelling case for the value of the pick-ups to the film (including proof that you can’t solve the problem with careful editing choices). In other words, they are a privilege to be earned.

Distant Location Request

Production Paperwork


BFA and MFA thesis films may request permission to shoot at a distant location outside of the studio zone. Please note however that — due to the added complexity of shooting films at distant locations, the added wear-and-tear on school equipment, and the added stress placed on the crew — shooting at a distant location is approved automatically. It’s a privilege that needs to be earned.

The Producer will need to present a thorough plan to the faculty that addresses the following:

  1. Why this location is essential to the success of the film.
  2. The schedule of travel days and drive times during the production week.
  3. A budget/plan for transporting, housing, and feeding the cast and crew for the duration of the distant shoot.
  4. A budget/plan for transporting, housing, and feeding a faculty member for the duration of the distant shoot.
  5. A plan for transporting, parking, and securing school vehicles and equipment during the distant shoot.
  6. A back-up plan if the camera or other essential equipment goes down.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 then be received from the following people, in this order:

  1. Director’s Prep Faculty
  2. Head of Set Operations (David Wiley)
  3. Head of Production (Tony Ciarlariello)
  4. Associate Dean (Andrew Syder)


Animal Use Request

Production Paperwork


  • The Producer is required by Florida State University policies to file a request for review of animal use on the production by the FSU Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC).
  • This request must be submitted well in advance of the start of the production, as it will usually take a number of weeks for a request to be approved.
  • If a production does not receive approval from the Animal Care and Use Committee in time for production, the use of an animal is not permitted.
  • Prior to completing the request form, review the relevant sections of the American Humane Association (AHA) Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals.
  • To apply, the Producer must submit the Animal Use Request form (as a Word doc), and the most recent draft of the script (as a PDF) highlighting the parts in the script that contain animals.