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Equipment Room

The Equipment Room serves the needs of undergraduate and graduate SOC students who are currently enrolled in production courses. It offers a variety of industry-professional film and video camera, sound, and lighting equipment packages. The complexity of these packages will be based on the borrower’s level of study. High-end HD camera equipment is available only to students enrolled in specially designated courses who have been certified by faculty on that gear. The Equipment Room is located in the basement of the Media Production Center (MPC 12)

FALL/SPRING HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday - Friday: 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10 AM to 2:30 PM
Sunday: Closed

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Please address your comments, questions, and inquiries about the Equipment Room and its operations to Geoff Turner, the ER manager. His contact information is as follows:

gturner@american.edu
ext: 2092

Equipment Room HD Camera Request Form

HD Camera Usage Policy

BEST PRACTICES

These eight guidelines can help make your interactions with the Equipment Room pleasant, efficient and effective...

  1. Always have your student I.D. It's the only way we can access your student account to check equipment out to you, and if we are experiencing technical difficulties, it may be the only way we can check in your equipment or make changes to your account or check-in time.
  2. Pre-production planning: make sure you pick the days to shoot when you will make the best use of the equipment. Everyone plans to shoot on the weekend, and therefore equipment supplies are scarce. Take this into account when planning your shoots.
  3. Make reservations early and often. Reservations cannot be made over the phone but must be made in person. All reservations must be made in person, and can be made through the end of the semester. Make sure to honor your reservation - if you have not picked up your equipment on the day you signed up for, your reservation becomes void and the equipment may be loaned to someone else.
  4. Have a list. Making sure that you know everything you need before you come into the room not only helps us to expedite your order, but can also help avoid missing necessary items once you are in the field.
  5. Call if you are going to be late. With each check-out we will give you a receipt with your return date and time as well as our phone number. If you don't think you can make it before you are due back call us BEFORE your deadline for an extension. If you call after your deadline, a late fee will be assessed for the time between your deadline and the time you contact us.
  6. Call immediately if there are problems. If you do get into the field and realize something is missing or broken, contact us immediately; if we are closed, please leave a voicemail--Geoff checks them daily! If you wait a week to report damages, you may be held liable for them.
  7. Call if you are going to be late. With each check-out we will give you a receipt with your return date and time as well as our phone number. If you don't think you can make it before you are due back call us BEFORE your deadline for an extension. If you call after your deadline, a late fee will be assessed for the time between your deadline and the time you contact us.
  8. Resolve late fines quickly. If you are late or lose an item, it is best to resolve the matter financially as soon as possible. You have 72 hours to resolve any fines before a stop is placed on your student account.