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.
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:
Why this location is essential to the success of the film.
The schedule of travel days and drive times during the production week.
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 plan for transporting, parking, and securing school vehicles and equipment during the distant shoot.
A back-up plan if the camera or other essential equipment goes 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 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: