Room Guide & Standards                                                                             Room 121      


Room Features
  • Full functioning sound stage with Cyclorama Green Screen
  • Access & Support for 100 / 60 / 40 Amp Bates wiring & instruments
  • Stage is adaptable and includes a variety of rigging options
  • Variety of studio lighting instruments and rigging support
  • Dimmable lighting grid with Insight2 Lighting Control System
  • Roll-away, pre-assembled flats are available
  • Limited assortment of furniture, set dress, and practical lights


Room Guidelines

The CFS Studio is a program resource that is intended for class use as well as student productions. While students may utilize this space for productions and assignments, this space hosts many classes and workshops during regular building hours. As such, reservation space for the Studio is limited.

The CFS Studio 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:  CFS Studio 121 Certification & Usage Agreement

The Studio is located in the main CFS building, room 121.

The Studio is available during building hours. ‘Off’ and weekend hours are only available through a special approval process requiring a written proposal, and proof of pre-production.   Students obtaining special permissions that wish to utilize the space during off or weekend hours must staff a Lab Tech (who is not serving as crew/cast on the project) to be present, on site for the duration of production.


Gear should be organized by department, maintaining all safety standards.  3 foot walkways must be maintained.

Art Department items can be staged behind the faux brick wall, 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 in a designated area, away from the set.


All wall art (picture frames, etc) must be suspended from the top of the flats. No pushpins, tacks, or nails may be put into the actual 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 / Fog / Candle use policy: ______

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 Studio.

100 / 60 / 40 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.

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

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. House Lights are located next to the main studio entrance, on the wall.
  3. Do a walk-through of the space, document any issues, and then photograph the room.
  4. If not already done, determine the staging areas for each department, and Load In as appropriate.
  5. *ONLY Qualified Lighting & Electrical Department Crew members should operate the light board.


The Light Board – Basics
  1. To power ‘On’ the light control panel, reach behind the unit and flip the power button. This button can be tricky to find since it’s on the back of the control panel. For quick reference, if you trace your finger from the channel ’16’ fade knob to the back of the unit, you will find the power button immediately.
  2. The Grand Master knob on the far right of the panel will control the overall levels going to all channels. Set this knob to 100%.
  3. Each channel is individually controlled via the numbered fade knobs, #’s 1 – 108.
  4. Typically, the number on the board will correspond with the numbers on the Bates drops. I.E. The light attached to the Bates connection #29 will be controlled with fade knob #29 on the panel. For numbers above 108, the last two digits will identify which fader the channel is patched to. I.E. The light attached to #134 is controlled by fade knob #34.
  5. Often, channels will be re-assigned, so it’s always a good idea to first double check which fade knob you should adjust. To check a light assignment, Hit the ‘Stage’ button, then using the number pad, type in the line # you are checking followed by the enter key. If you want to check #29, type in ’29’ and hit enter. The stage display will highlight the channel that #29 is tied to, in yellow. You can now power the light instrument with the confirmed fade knob.
  6. At times, you may need to Re-Patch (Re-Assign) a light to a different channel. To Re-Patch a light, using the number pad, hit the ‘Patch’ button, type the grid number you would like to reassign, followed by ‘Enter’. Next, type in the New fade knob number that you would like to assign for that light, hit enter. I.E. If you want to re-assign the light attached to #16 to fade knob #34… Hit ‘Patch, then on the number pad type ’16’, followed by ‘Enter’, type in ’34’, and finally hit enter again. Light #16 should now be controlled by fade knob #34, you can easily test your work by adjusting the #34 knob.


  1. The Green Screen lights have been pre-positioned for optimal lighting of the green screen. Students should do their best not to adjust these lights unless absolutely necessary. If you must move a light, plan on re-setting it upon wrap.
  2. The pre-set lights are for the Green Screen itself, your light team will need to set up whatever ‘scene’ lights you may need. Remember, the key to a good green screen composite, is EVEN lighting of the green screen. Shadows and Gradients of light on the screen will cause problems in post!
  3. NO STREET SHOES are allowed on the green screen.
  4. Do NOT store any gear or production supplies on the green screen.
  5. If you need to place any furniture or equipment on the actual green screen, ensure there is soft protection on the legs/feet. (I.E. felt furniture pads)

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 in the Studio, STAYS in the Studio.
  5. Cleaning Supplies are located in the black metal closet, next to the light shelves. Floors should be swept / vacuumed / mopped as appropriate.
  6. The Grand Master Knob on the Light Board should be set to ‘0’ (Off).
  7. Turn the Light Board Power ‘OFF’, using the switch on the back of the board.
  8. All lighting rigs should be taken down, put away, and/or loaded out. *The only exceptions are the four corner or ‘cardinal lights’, pre-set for the acting classes & the Green Screen Lights.
  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. 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

Shoes on Green Screen

Mishandling of Green Screen


$20 (minimum)


Mishandling of Power or Circuit Boxes / Connections


Failure to Clean-Up after reservation

Failure to remove ALL production design materials

$25 /hr

$50 /per item +$20 /hr clean-up time

Broken Furniture or Set Fixtures

Cost of Replacement

Chipped Paint / Physical Room Damage

Failure to Show-Up to Reservation

Cost of Repair / Replacement


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