DePaul Cinespace Studios

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About DePaul Cinespace Studios

DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) distinguished itself from all other film programs in the United States when it formed its alliance with Cinespace Chicago Film Studios in 2013, creating DePaul Cinespace Studios. The 32,000 square foot professional production facility is located within Chicago’s booming center for feature film and television production.

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 Chicago Film Studios lot. Both SCA students and alumni have found opportunities working on hit television shows including Comedy Central’s South Side; Fox’s Empire; FX’s Fargo; HBO’s Lovecraft Country; NBC’s Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago PD; and Showtime’s Shameless and The Chi.

 

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2525 W. 15th St., Chicago IL 60608
cinespace@cdm.depaul.edu
312.362.6868

Winter Intersession Hours

Effective November 29 through December 17

Monday through Friday
OpenCloses
9:00am6:00pm

Please note that the hours for the Equipment Centers located at DePaul Cinespace Studios are 9:00am to 5:00pm and differ from the facility’s hours.

Please Note:

All equipment checked out during Spring term will need to be returned by the end of the day, Friday June 10, 2022. Cinespace will be closed for equipment checkout and stage reservations from June 10-June 19 and reservations for equipment will reopen on Monday, June 20, 2022.

DePaul Cinespace Studios Shuttle

Masks must be worn on the shuttle at all times.

CDM provides year-round shuttle service to and from DePaul Cinespace Studios 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 DePaul Cinespace Studios or on tours.


Winter Intersession

Effective November 29 through December 17

Monday through Friday

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

Winter Quarter 2022

Effective January 3 through March 11

Monday through Thursday

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8:00am9:00am
10:30am12:00pm
12:45pm2:00pm
3:00pm4:45pm
5:30pm9:30pm*
*This shuttle will stop at both the Loop and Lincoln Park Campuses.

Friday

Loop DeparturesDePaul Cinespace Studios Departures
9:00am10:00am
11:30am12:00pm
2:00pm3:00pm
4:00pm5:00pm

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.

There is very limited parking available at DePaul Cinespace Studios. All visitors to must be registered in the Gateworks Security Service to gain entry.

Stages 21A, 21B, 22, 23, & 26 (the loading bay)

Our facility houses over 17,000 square feet of shooting space on four separate stages with numerous standing sets, a green screen cyclorama, scenic shop, props 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, 2 Sprinter Vans, Sprinter Cargo Van, Scene Shop, and ample storage and work areas to support any project.

The Camera Vault

two students looking a camera gear

312.362.6322

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.

Patron Portal: Online Equipment Reservations

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 (FILM 358/458) for hands on experience with the advanced camera inventory.

Please Note:

DePaul Cinespace Studios will be conducting inventory beginning the week of December 13, 2021. All equipment checked out from Cinespace will need to be returned by the end of the day Friday, December 10. Cinespace will be closed for equipment checkout and stage reservations over Winter Break. Reservations for equipment will open on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Related Information

The use of equipment and stages follows strict guidelines and some prerequisite certification may be required.*

See the SCA Production Handbook for information.

*Completion of Orientation to Production and Set Safety training is required before any reservations of gear or stages are permitted.


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