Cinespace Chicago Film Studios

DePaul CDM Cinespace Studios Partnership 

Cinespace will be open in limited capacity during the Fall Quarter. The hours will be Monday-Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, with prior authorization, in order to ensure capacity is maintained and safety protocols are being followed. Gear may be checked out only with a scheduled pickup/return time. Unfortunately students will not be able to reserve stages, sets, and classrooms. Check this page and the FAQ for updates on Cinespace operations.

About Cinespace

Distinguishing itself from all other film programs in the United States and formed in alliance with Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, DePaul's School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) boasts a 32,000 square foot professional production facility located in the heart of Chicago's booming destination for film and television. At DePaul Cinespace Studios, SCA students learn filmmaking crafts and techniques from highly accomplished faculty and staff on industry-standard equipment mere steps away from high-profile network productions filming on the Cinespace Studios lot. Both SCA students and alumni have found ample opportunities working on hit television shows, including Fox's Empire and Proven Innocent; Showtime's Shameless and The Chi; NBC's Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med; Comedy Central's South Side; and HBO's Lovecraft Country.

Cinespace Studios 

2525 W. 15th St., Chicago IL 60608
cinespace@cdm.depaul.edu
773-521-4595

Regular Hours (Fall, Winter, Spring)

Monday-Thursday
OpenCloses
8:00am9:30pm
Friday
OpenCloses
8:00am5:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays

By reservation only.


Winter Intercession*/Spring Break Hours

Monday-Friday
OpenCloses
8:30am5:00pm

* Closed for reservations Dec 19 - Jan 5


Summer Hours

Monday-Friday
OpenCloses
9:00am5:00pm

DePaul Cinespace Shuttle

Fall 2020
During Fall quarter, the maximum capacity for the shuttle is 17 passengers in order to ensure physical distancing. Masks must be worn at all times.

CDM provides year-round shuttle service to and from Cinespace for students, faculty, and staff. The CDM Loop bus stop is located in front of the Barnes & Noble at the DePaul Center (1 E. Jackson Blvd.). The schedule is updated quarterly and can be found below.

Students, staff, and faculty are all invited to ride the shuttle; however, priority seating will be given to those enrolled in classes at Cinespace or on tours.


Monday-Friday

Loop DeparturesCinespace Departures
8:30am9:30am
10:30am11:30am
12:30pm1:30pm
2:30pm3:30pm
 5:15pm

Walking, Driving or CTA

Whether walking, driving, or taking public transit, there are plenty of options to easily get to our offsite professional production facility. View pdf map.

Stages 15, 16, & 17

Our facility houses over 17,000 square feet of shooting space on three separate stages with numerous standing sets, a green screen cyclorama, scenic shop, prop rentals and indoor loading bay.

To request time on one of the stages, please fill out the Project Information form and submit it to the Production Office at production@cdm.depaul.edu.

Equipment

Each stage at the facility has a "stage package" of lighting, grip, and power distribution to handle most productions. In addition to the stage packages, we have an extensive inventory of industry-standard motion picture equipment available to students both on the stage and on location. This includes tungsten, HMI, fluorescent & LED fixtures, hydraulic dollies, advanced rigging, advanced sound, production supplies and equipment carts. Standard Stage Package

DePaul Cinespace Studios also houses our Advanced Camera Vault, dressing rooms with hair and makeup stations, editing suites, classroom/collaboration areas, studio and location sound equipment, 3-ton Grip Truck, Sprinter Cargo Van, Scene Shop, and ample storage and work areas to support any project.

To request the Grip Truck, please fill out the Grip Truck Request form and send it to cinespace@cdm.depaul.edu.

The Camera Vault

Advanced Camera Equipment

The Camera Vault is the checkout facility for all high-end camera equipment in the School of Cinematic Arts. The Camera Vault staff is available to answer your questions about all things regarding cameras and to help with reserving equipment. SCA has an extensive inventory of industry-standard camera equipment. Each advanced camera has a certification exam. Arri, RED, Sony, Cannon, Ziess, and Cooke are just some of the names seen on our shelves.

Certification

The Camera Vault conducts individual camera workshops open to all current students during the fall, winter, and spring terms based on camera availability. Additionally, students interested in cameras and the camera department can take a two-credit hour Camera Assistant Workshop (DC368) for hands on experience with the advanced camera inventory.

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