Production Office

About

The Production Office is the SCA’s central information hub. Operated by fellow students, the office is here to assist filmmakers with navigating filmmaking within the university and the city. The office is also the first step for reserving SCA film equipment, stages or facilities and can also provide assistance with casting, finding crew, and other logistical needs.

Summer Quarter Hours

Monday through Friday 10am to 6pm

Contact

Production Office hours are hybrid. Please email the production office in advance to set up in-person meetings

Casting and Crew Resources

The Production Office provides a wealth of information on pre-production processes for filmmakers, which can be found under the “Info/Equipment/Forms” tab on SCA Central. For students looking to audition cast and crew for their projects, the office also provides these resources

Casting

All casting release and agreement forms are available in the Info/Equipment/Forms tab on SCA Central .

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.

Casting Sessions

Auditions submitted from local actors including DePaul Theatre School students and local Chicago talent are posted in our Actors Database found on SCA Central in D2L.

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.

When reaching out to actors for audition casting calls, your casting call notice should include:

  • 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

Crew

All cast and crew on student films must sign DePaul SCA General Release Forms, which are available on SCA Central under the Info/Equipment/Forms tab.

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.

Locations

Location Use Agreement

Students working with property owners outside of DePaul need to work the the Production Office to secure the location using a 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.

The LUA can be found as part of the Filmmaking Paperwork on the Info/Equipment/Forms. 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.

Some property owners may require a copy of DePaul’s certificate of insurance (COI). Once a Location Use Agreement is signed by the owner and by an authorized The Production Office, students can request a COI online, inputting the requested COI information and the Project ID # provided by the Production Office. Our insurance provider will respond in up to SEVEN BUSINESS DAYS by sending the COI to the filmmaker.

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 CDM School of Cinematic Arts Room Reservation Form on 25Live.

Theater, CDM Center Room 708

Hours of Operation: available during building hours

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, 5.1 Surround Sound system, podium, computer and projector/screen.

Stop Motion Lab, CDM Center Room 818

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

Green Room, Daley Building Room LL 111

Hours of Operation: (during the academic quarter)
available during building hours

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

Lighting Stage, Daley Building Room LL 107

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

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

Theater, Daley Building 214

Hours of Operation: (during the academic quarter)
available during building hours

Room Features: Theater style seating for 55, 7.1 Surround Sound system, podium, computer and laser projector.

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