High Bay Studio

Room Guide & Standards                                                                     Building 905 Room 109

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Room Features
  • 3 distinct studio stages
  • Each stage is equipped with dedicated three-phase circuit power
  • Stages are adaptable and include a variety of rigging options
  • Equipment Barn stocked with basic gear for grip, lighting, and electric
  • Staging area(s) for all production departments
  • Limited assortment of furniture, set dress, and practical lights

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Room Guidelines

The High Bay Studio is a CFS program resource that is intended for class use as well as student productions. Students are encouraged to utilize the space for their assignments and productions.

The High Bay requires a standard room reservation made via FS Greenlight.

–> Questions? Check out the CFS guide, How To: Reserve a Room

Rental of the space also requires Certification and Usage Agreement. You can find the certification and usage agreement here: High Bay Certification & Usage Agreement

High Bay is located on the Lowry Campus, in building 905 (New America School) room 105. The studio is accessible via a dedicated, exterior entrance on the south side of building 905.

Be advised, there are NO RESTROOMS or WATER ACCESS inside the High Bay.  Students are encouraged to bring water bottles.  Restrooms can be found inside the CCA West Quad Building.  The hours of the West Quad Building are M-F 9AM-10PM, Saturday 9-3, Sunday Closed.

The High Bay is available during building hours as well as ‘off’ hours and the weekend. Students that wish to utilize the space during off or weekend hours are NOT required to staff an off-duty Lab Tech as long as they have been certified on the space.

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Gear should be organized by department, maintaining all safety standards. The camera bench is reserved for camera department only. Additional folding tables are available in the barn as needed. The majority of your equipment should be staged in the central common area; smaller, frequently used items (i.e. sandbags) may be staged in the yellow zone at the front of each set. 3 foot walkways must be maintained.

Art Department items should be staged along the far side walls, shelves have been provided for your convenience. Furniture and other items may NOT be left behind, once the production wraps. Everything You Bring In, You Must Load Out. Students interested in donating their leftover items must gain approval through Brian Steward & Jim Tharp, BEFORE you shoot. Failure to remove items will result in a fine(s).

Personal items, including water bottles, should be staged on the shelves next to the camera bench.

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All wall art (picture frames, etc) must be suspended from the picture molding ridge that lines the stages. No pushpins, tacks, or nails may be put into the set walls.

Walls may not be painted or changed. **If your project requires these kinds of modifications, a full pitch & project scope must be made in writing, and approved by the school Director and Equipment Manager prior to any structural change.

HAZE / CANDLES / & FOG are NEVER PERMITTED at the HIGH BAY! 

Safety Standards

Professional safety standards should be maintained at ALL TIMES by ALL CREW & CAST. Teams should be cautioned about the dangers of High Voltage Wiring & Powerful Lighting Equipment present and in use at the High Bay.

100 / 60 / 20 Amp Bates wiring and instruments could seriously injure or result in the loss of life for shoot participants. Students must complete training on these systems prior to attempting operation. This material is covered in the Intro to Film, as well as, Lighting for Film & Video classes.

A minimum Three foot ( 3 Ft.) walkway must be maintained along the front isle of each stage. Smaller gear items may be stored neatly in the marked yellow zone.

The Entrance must never be physically blocked with anything.

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All set mounted lighting must be secured with appropriate safety cables/chains attached to the set.

The main power box (above the circuit box) should remain in the ‘ON’ position. Individual circuits should be powered ‘on’ – only as needed and remain powered ‘off’, when not in use.


Getting Started
  1. Before your reservation begins, check in with the Cage to begin your reservation. If your reservation is for ‘off’ or weekend hours, arrange to stop by the Cage during business hours.
  2. When you arrive, you will need to call Lowry Security @ 303-419-5557 to gain access. Because you followed the procedure for How To: Reserve a Room, Jim Tharp who approves your reservations, will notify Lowry Security of your reservation. Security will not give you access if there is no reservation.
  3. It’s dark in there! House Lights are located along the back wall, to the right of the camera bench.
  4. Do a walk-through of the space, document any issues, and then photograph the room’s.
  5. If not already done, determine the staging areas for each department, and Load In as appropriate.
  6. *ONLY Qualified Lighting & Electrical Department Crew should operate the circuit boxes.
  7. *The main power box (above the circuit box) should remain in the ‘ON’ position.
  8. *Individual circuits should be powered ‘on’ – only as needed, and remain powered ‘off’ when not in use.
  9. Circuits are labeled, and schematics for each stage are posted for your convenience.
  10. Some of the outlets available on the stages are controlled by dimmers. It is critical that you make note of what outlet is connected to what circuit and switch BEFORE you begin lighting. Signage is posted to assist during tech scouts and production.
  11. Don’t overload the circuits! As needed, paper amp calculators are mapped onto the white boards.
  12. There are limited amounts of grip and electric items (sandbags, stingers, c-stands) housed at the High Bay for your use. There is also an assortment of lighting instruments and diffusion tools located in the barn.

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Closing The Room
  1.  Rooms should always be left in better condition than found.
  2. Once wrapped, ALL Equipment, Art Dept. Items, and Any Other Production Supplies – Must Be Removed.
  3. Run inventory against your equipment print-out from the cage, ensure you have all your equipment.
  4. Ensure that any equipment that is designated to live at the High Bay, STAYS at the High Bay.
  5. Cleaning Supplies are located in the ‘fence’ closet, next to the front door. Floors should be swept / vacuumed / mopped as appropriate.
  6. Stage circuits inside the circuit boxes should be switched ‘OFF’.
  7. The main power box (above the circuit box) should remain ‘ON’.
  8. All lighting rigs should be taken down, put away, and/or loaded out. *The only exception is Stage 2 which has designated pre-lighting for in-class exercises. Lights on Stage 2 should be returned to their designated pre-lighting position upon wrap.
  9. Once everything is loaded out, take photos of the space again. These will help provide evidence of how you left the space.
  10. Turn Off the House Lights.
  11. Make sure the push-bar on the entrance door is in the locked position, you’ll know it’s right when the door doesn’t open.
  12. Once you have finished your reservation, check back in with the Cage to let them know your finished. You may have to wait for business hours to complete this step.

Fine Schedule

Late Room Check-Out / Return

$10 / hour

Mishandling of Equipment

$100

Mishandling of Power or Circuit Boxes / Connections

$200

Failure to Clean-Up after reservation

Failure to remove ALL production design materials

$25 /hr

$50 /per item +$25 /hr clean-up time

Broken Furniture or Set Fixtures

Cost of Replacement

Chipped Paint / Physical Room Damage

Failure to Show-Up to Reservation

Setting of Fire Alarms

Cost of Repair / Replacement

$200

$5000

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