THE EQUIPMENT OFFICE | 412.681.9500



EQUIPMENT USE



Equipment is divided into two categories: In-House equipment and Out-of-House equipment. This distinction refers to whether or not the equipment borrower is permitted to take the equipment away from the Pittsburgh Filmmakers building. All equipment is available to be used in the building. However, only items designated as Out-of-House equipment maybe taken off the premises. In-House equipment is strictly for use in the Filmmakers building.

HOW TO BORROW EQUIPMENT FOR OUT-OF-HOUSE USE

The Equipment Office serves students and members by supplying the equipment, facilities and advice needed to help make their media art and creative endeavors successful. The EQO offers a wide range of resources including: HD and mini DV video, super-8 and 16mm motion picture film, as well as digital and various format still film cameras, all with support and accessories. Other equipment such as studio strobes, film and video lights, microphones, audio recorders and grip equipment are also available for out-of-house check out. In-house facilities include digital print and scan labs, Final Cut editing labs and suites, darkrooms, classrooms, and a soundstage with a lighting grid and green screen. Along with maintaining and managing the check in/out of equipment, the Equipment Office provides expertise and guidance to the Pittsburgh Filmmakers community.

For more details about Reserving and Checking-Out Equipment click here.

You can also see more details about Reserving and Checking-Out Equipment by downloading our Operations Handbook.

Borrowing equipment for Out-of-House use is a process comprised of three procedures

  • Make a Reservation*

    Reservations may be made in-person during the Hours of Operation, or by phone by calling 412-681-9500*

    *reservations can not be made on Monday before 4pm or on Friday after 2pm

  • Check out the Equipment

    You must have your Filmmakers ID card to do this. No exceptions. Be sure to check your equipment before you take it out of the building. Equipment must be checked out by the student/member that made the reservation.

  • Check-In the Equipment

CHECK IN / CHECK OUT

Hours for out-of-house equipment check-out

Monday- Thursday 10 AM - 8 PM
Friday 10 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday - Sunday 10 AM - 2 PM

Final deadline for out-of-house equipment check-in

Monday - Thursday 4 PM
Friday 2 PM
Saturday - Sunday 12 PM

*No equipment given out/returned after 8 PM, M-Thurs!


RENTAL POLICIES

GENERAL ACCESS POLICIES

  • Equipment is available to students and members for the sole purpose of creating non-commercial work. Royalties, awards, and grant income are not considered commercial income.
  • Each course designates the equipment that students will be able to access. Students wishing to check out equipment that is not designated by their current course but have had access to it in a previous course may pay the Basic Member rental rate.
  • Equipment is to be used exclusively by the student or member who is accessing it. Neither students nor members may check out equipment for use by other persons.
  • Should a student/member encounter a problem with a piece of Pittsburgh Filmmakers' equipment, they should return the equipment as soon as possible or call the Equipment Office to report the problem. Under no circumstances should the student/member or anyone else disassemble or attempt to repair the piece of equipment.
  • Pittsburgh Filmmakers reserves the right to levy fines for any rules broken. Access will be denied and grades will be with-held until all fines are paid in full.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Equipment Office serves students and members by supplying the equipment, facilities and advice needed to help make their media art and creative endeavors successful. Click here to see our membership levels and guidelines.

The EQO offers a wide range of resources including: HD and mini DV video, super-8 and 16mm motion picture film, as well as digital and various format still film cameras, all with support and accessories. Other equipment such as studio strobes, film and video lights, microphones, audio recorders and grip equipment are also available for out-of-house check out. In-house facilities include digital print and scan labs, Final Cut editing labs and suites, darkrooms, classrooms, and a soundstage with a lighting grid and green screen. Along with maintaining and managing the check in/out of equipment, the Equipment Office provides expertise and guidance to the Pittsburgh Filmmakers community. Visit our online equipment list and ratebook

REGULAR HOURS

Mondays through Thursdays 10am-9pm
Fridays 10am-6:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays 10am-2pm

Summer Interim Hours

Tuesday, Aug 14 - Friday Aug 31
Mondays through Thursdays 11am-7pm
Fridays 11am-6:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays 10am-2pm

Holiday Hours

The Equipment Office will be closed September 1-3.
Normal hours resume Tuesday, September 4