USC Student Film Shoot: General Information

Thornton facilities, including performance venues, classrooms, and practice studios are owned and managed by the Thornton School of Music for use by Thornton faculty, staff and students. The use of Thornton facilities by non-Thornton constituencies may never infringe upon access or availability to Thornton personnel.

Only requests from currently enrolled USC School of Cinematic Arts students will be considered. Request from non-students, including alumni, will be considered outside requests and charges for rental, staffing, insurance, etc. will apply.

The Thornton School of Music reserves the right to deny, without explanation, any film shoot request deemed inappropriate or hazardous to its facilities or personnel.

Availability of Facilities:

Due to high demand and safety / security concerns, Thornton performance venues (Newman Recital Hall, MacDonald Recital Hall, Ramo Recital Hall) are not available as film shoot locations.

General-use facilities, including general music classrooms, may be requested as film shoot locations on weekends during Thornton business hours (see below). Availability is never guaranteed. Overnight storage of equipment and/or “pre-set-up” is not permitted.

Outdoor locations such as pathways and lawn areas may be requested during off-peak or closed hours. Permission to shoot outdoor locations is at the discretion of the Thornton Scheduling Manager and the Assistant Director of Operations.

Building entrances/exits may not be used as film shoot locations.

Thornton facilities are not available for after-hours use.

Hours of Operation:

Classrooms and performance venues: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
All facilities: Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Requests must be submitted a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the event date. In order to make a request, click on the link below and complete the e-form. You will be contacted by Thornton staff within a week of submitting your request.

If your request is approved you will be required to complete a USC School of Cinematic Arts on-campus location release form, which must be signed by the Thornton Scheduling Manager.