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. Recently expanded to nearly 60,000-square-feet, this 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.

In addition to six shooting stages, a green screen cyclorama, and high-end equipment checkout, DePaul Cinespace Studios also has a Scene Shop, dressing rooms with hair and makeup stations, editing suites, classroom/collaboration areas, and ample storage and work areas to support any project.

 

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

Spring Quarter Hours

Monday through Friday: 8am to 9:30pm
Saturday: 8am to 8pm

Please note the facility hours vary from the equipment center hours.

DePaul Cinespace Studios Shuttle

CDM provides shuttle service between DePaul Cinespace Studios and both the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses for students, faculty, and staff. The schedule is updated quarterly and can be found below.

The CDM Loop bus stop is located in front of the Barnes & Noble at the DePaul Center (1 E. Jackson Blvd.). The Lincoln Park bus stop is located in front of the Student Center, on the corner of Belden and Sheffield (please note that, due to being in a high traffic area, the shuttle might be parked in Lot H behind the DePaul Student Center). Please arrive at the stop at least 10 minutes early.

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.

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Loop Shuttle Schedule

Spring Quarter

Effective April 1st through June 7th       

Monday Through Thursday
Loop DeparturesDePaul Cinespace Studios Departures
8:00am9:00am
10:30am12:00pm
12:45pm2:00pm
3:00pm4:45pm
5:30pm9:40pm
Friday
Loop DeparturesDePaul Cinespace Studios Departures
8:30am9:15am
10:30am11:15am
1:00pm1:45pm
3:30pm4:15pm
5:15pm6:45pm
 9:40pm*

*Stops at Loop and Lincoln Park       

Saturday
Loop DeparturesDePaul Cinespace Studios Departures
7:30am10:00am
9:00am12:00pm
11:00am3:00pm
1:30pm5:30pm
4:00pm8:30pm

Summer Hours

Effective June 17th through August 30th 

Monday Through Friday
Loop DeparturesDePaul Cinespace Studios Departures
8:00am9:30am
10:15am11:15am
12:30pm1:30pm
3:30pm5:30pm
Lincoln Park Campus (LPC) Shuttle Schedule

Spring Quarter

Effective April 1st through June 7th       

Monday Through Thursday
LPC DeparturesDePaul Cinespace Studios Departures
7:45am 
12:30pm12:00pm
5:15pm4:45pm
 9:30pm
Friday
LPC DeparturesDePaul Cinespace Studios Departures
8:15am 
10:30am11:15am
1:00pm1:45pm
3:30pm4:15pm
 6:45pm

There is no Lincoln Park Campus Saturday Shuttle       

Walking, Driving, or CTA

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

Our facility houses over 25,000 square feet of shooting space on six separate stages ( 21A, 21B, 22, 23, 24A, 24B) with numerous standing sets, a green screen cyclorama, scenic shop, props and indoor loading bay (stage 26).

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. After receiving a unique Production Number from the office, submit your stage request with stage name and your Project Number to cinespacestages@depaul.edu and a Stage Assistant will work with you to schedule depending on availability.

Stage Hours

Monday through Friday: 8:30am to 9:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am to 7:30pm

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.

Please visit our Equipment Centers page to see current hours for The Shack (where the grip and electric equipment is picked up) and the Advanced Camera Vault, the checkout facility for all high-end camera and sound equipment.

Patron Portal: Online Equipment Reservations

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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