Production Office

The Production Office is here to assist students with many tasks related to producing a film. The Production Office can help with casting, finding crew, securing insurance, and other logistics. The casting office is open from 12pm to 6pm, Monday through Friday, and is available for appointments and walk-ins.

Casting

All casting release and agreement forms are available in the Forms Library.

SAG-AFTRA

Students can cast SAG-AFTRA actors via the union's student film agreement. Union actors are subject to certain restrictions, however, so please contact the Production Office first at production@cdm.depaul.edu for more information.

Actor Headshots and Resumes

The Production Office has casting files with headshots and resumes for professional actors, which can be checked out and viewed during business hours (Monday through Friday, from 12 to 6PM). Feel free to drop by or to schedule an appointment.

Casting Sessions

The staff of the Production Office records SCA's casting sessions in which dozens of professional actors who have expressed interest in appearing in DePaul student productions audition in a single day. To access the recordings, log into myCDM and select the SCA Casting link on the lefthand side.

Hiring Actors from The Theatre School at DePaul

The Production Office is the contact for hiring Theatre School student actors. Only certain Theatre School students are eligible to participate in DePaul student films. To contact Theatre School actors for an audition, send a casting notice to the Production Office at production@cdm.depaul.edu

Your casting notice should include the following:
  • Title of the Production
  • Producer and Director Names
  • Plot Synopsis
  • Cast Breakdown
  • Indicate if this is an open call or if you are seeking submissions
  • Indicate what you want actors to prepare for the audition
  • Audition Dates
  • Callback Dates
  • Shoot Dates
  • Shooting Location(s)
  • Your Contact Information

Breakdown Express

Breakdown Express is an interactive online casting tool, which enables you to send out a casting notice to regional Chicagoland actors and set up/manage audition appointments online. To access Breakdown Express and create your own account, visit their website: Breakdown Express.

Crew

All crew release and agreement forms are available in the Forms Library.

Send a Crew Call Notice

You can send a crew call notice to your fellow students who may be looking for opportunities to get on set. To do so, please email your notice to crewcalls@mailman.depaul.edu. Once approved, your crew call will be emailed in 1 to 2 business days.

Your Crew Call Notice should include the following:
  • Title of the Production
  • Producer and Director Names
  • Plot Synopsis
  • Shoot Dates
  • Shoot Location(s)
  • Crew Positions Needed (be specific)
  • Your Contact Information

Sign up for the Crew Call Email List

Looking to hone your skills and practice your craft on set? Sign up for the Crew Call email list to receive notifications of student productions in need of crew positions. Email production@cdm.depaul.edu.

Location Use Agreement

The Location Use Agreement (LUA) is a standard contract that DePaul SCA students can use when filming on private property outside of DePaul. In short, the agreement states:

  • The location owner or manager grants permission to film in the space.
  • The owner or manager gives up intellectual property claims to recordings of the property from this shoot.
  • DePaul will compensate the owner or manager for damage caused to the property by the shoot.

The LUA can be found in Commonly Used Forms link on this page. Please make sure that it is signed and dated by a representative of the location before submitting it to the Production Office at production@cdm.depaul.edu

Certificate of Insurance

Some locations may request a Certificate of Insurance (COI). The COI is an official insurance document detailing DePaul’s insurance coverage for a third party’s property. If a location requests a COI, begin by completing the steps for a Location Use Agreement and sending it, along with the location’s written request for a COI, to the Production Office.

Using Rooms at DePaul

Students may film for class-related projects in public spaces on DePaul property, but may not block the free movement of other people. Use of a room or space controlled by a specific department within DePaul requires permission of the space manager. CDM has several spaces available for auditions, rehearsals, and shoots.

Please note that room reservations are subject to availability. Classes and events like the Visiting Artist Series have priority access. Check the availability of the room from the list below prior to submitting a request. To reserve a room, fill out the Room Reservation Form at the Commonly Used Forms library and email it to production@cdm.depaul.edu.

Theater, CDM Center Room 708

Hours of Operation (during the academic quarter)
Monday - Friday: 7:00am-11:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am-6:00pm
Sunday: Noon-6:00pm

Reservations on weekends can be made in the following blocks only:

Saturday: 8am-12pm, 12pm-3pm, and 3pm-6pm
Sunday: 12pm-3pm and 3pm-6pm

Reservations must be requested a minimum of 24 hours in advance for weekday reservations and by Thursday at noon for weekend reservations.

Room Equipment: Theater style seating for 35, podium, computer and projector/screen.

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Stop Motion Lab, CDM Center Room 818

Hours of Operation (during the academic quarter)
Monday - Thursday: 8:00am-11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 8:00am-6:00pm
Sunday: Noon-6:00pm

Lab Equipment: 2 stop motion capture stations featuring Canon Rebel XSi DSLRs, Lenovo Thinkpad Laptops with Adobe CC 2015, and Dragon Frame stop motion software

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Motion Capture Stage, Daley Building Room LL 104

Hours of Operation (during the academic quarter)
Monday - Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Stage Equipment – 20 Optitrack FlexV100 Motion Capture Cameras, 6 Optitrack Motion Capture Suits, Dell T3600

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Green Room, Daley Building Room LL 111

Hours of Operation (during the academic quarter)
Monday - Friday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-6:00pm

Room Features – Flexible seating for 7, TV, dishwasher, vanity mirror, television and coffee table.

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Lighting Stage, Daley Building Room LL 107

Hours of Operation (during the academic quarter)
Monday - Thursday: 9am-9pm
Friday - Saturday: 9am-5pm

Room Features: Partial overhead lighting grid, pre-built alley set.

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Theater, Daley Building 214

Hours of Operation (during the academic quarter)
Monday - Friday: 7:00am-11:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am-6:00pm

Reservations on weekends can be made in the following blocks only:

Saturday: 8am-12pm, 12pm-3pm, and 3pm-6pm

Reservations must be requested a minimum of 24 hours in advance for weekday reservations and by Thursday at noon for weekend reservations.

Room Features – Theater style seating for 55, podium, computer and projector/screen.

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Television Studio/Green Screen, DePaul Center Concourse room C106D

Hours of Operation: (during the academic quarter)
Mon-Fri: 09:00am-5:00pm, or by special arrangement
Saturday: Closed, can opened with special arrangement
Sunday: Closed, can be opened with special arrangement

Room Access: This lab is open to students registered in Journalism and Digital Cinema classes or by special arrangement. For questions pertaining to this lab please contact AV Engineer, Travis Duffield at tduffiel@cdm.depaul.edu.

Room Reservation: Students and faculty can request reservation by contacting AV Engineer, Travis Duffield at tduffiel@cdm.depaul.edu.

Room Equipment

  • Atem 1 M/E Production Switcher and Broadcast Panel
  • Mackie CFX 16.mk11 16 Channel live sound mixer
  • 3 Studio monitors
  • 2 JVC GY-HD110 Cameras
  • 2 Libec small size pedestals
  • 2 Teleprompters
  • Broadcast news desk w/ 4 chairs
  • 3 Interview chairs

Sign Up for the Crew List

Looking to hone your skills and practice your craft on set? Sign up for the Crew Call email list to receive notifications of student productions in need of crew positions. Email production@cdm.depaul.edu.

Send Crew Call Notice

You can send a crew call notice to your fellow students who may be looking for opportunities to get on set. To do so, please email your notice to crewcalls@mailman.depaul.edu. Once approved, your crew call will be emailed in 1 to 2 business days.

Your Crew Call Notice should include the following:

  • Title of the Production
  • Producer and Director Names
  • Plot Synopsis
  • Shoot Dates
  • Shoot Location(s)
  • Crew Positions Needed (be specific)
  • Your Contact Information

Crew Release Forms

Crew release and agreement forms are available in the Commonly Used Forms library.

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