Access Policies

PITTSBURGH FILMMAKERS

ACCESSING PRODUCTION FACILITIES AT PITTSBURGH FILMMAKERS

Access Members of PF/PCA will be issued a membership card. This card will allow members to check out equipment, use our facilities as well as receive benefits/discounts on classes, workshops and special events. This card must be presented at the equipment office at PF or the registration office at the school at the PCA to access our facilities.

GENERAL ACCESS POLICIES

  • Access is available for the sole purpose of creating non-commercial projects.
  • Equipment is to be used exclusively by the member accessing it. Members may not check out equipment for use by other persons.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to access the studios.
  • PF/PCA reserves the right to fine for any rules broken. Equipment access will be denied until all fines are paid in full.
  • Should a member encounter a problem with a piece of equipment, they should report the problem to the equipment office, studio monitor or the registration office as soon as possible. Under no circumstance should the member or anyone else disassemble or attempt to repair the piece of equipment.
  • Members will be held responsible for any damage to, loss or theft of equipment.
  • Facilities should be left in a clean and orderly condition. Violations will result in fines.
  • PF/PCA is not responsible for any damages to artwork or media, theft, or kiln breakages.

PF EQUIPMENT OFFICE GENERAL HOURS

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday, Sunday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
NOTE: Hours of operation are subject to change. You will be notified of any scheduling changes, via the email newsletter. To be safe, especially around any holidays, it is recommended that you call well in advance to find out if the facilities will be open.

PF CHECK-OUT

There are two kinds of equipment access:  Check-out and In-house. Check-out policies cover all equipment that members may take off the premises, such as cameras and tripods. All equipment designated as In-house equipment must stay on the premises at all times.

OPERATING HOURS AT THE EQUIPMENT OFFICE

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday, Sunday:10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

CHECK OUT PERIOD

Equipment may be kept for up to 48 hours, except for weekend access:  all equipment taken out Friday will not be due back until Monday. Members must wait 48 hours after returning equipment before they can access equipment again. Please see Check-Out Times and Check-In Times, below.

RESERVATIONS FOR PF EQUIPMENT

In order to check out equipment, a reservation must be made. Reservations may be made up to two weeks in advance. Since a reservation ties up the equipment, members must cancel reservations before check out begins if they decide against using the equipment

Failing to cancel in advance will result in a $1.00 fine per piece of equipment. We reserve the right to postpone at any time the taking of reservations. Due to the high volume of traffic on Monday & Friday, reservations will not be taken Mondays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Fridays 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm. An equipment list is available – ask for or download the latest PF Rate Book.

CHECK-OUT TIMES AT PF EQUIPMENT OFFICE

Equipment may be picked up during the following hours:
Monday - Thursday: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Saturday, Sunday:12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • While the equipment office can only guarantee availability after checkout begins, if the equipment is available earlier, members may pick it up earlier. Please note however that you may access equipment only during the hours that checkout is open.
  • Members are expected to inspect their equipment when they check it out to insure it is in good working order. The equipment office only inspects it on its return. Report any problems immediately or you may be held responsible.
  • Members may not pick equipment up for other people, nor may they have others pick their equipment up unless they are working under an approved Collaborative Project.

CHECK IN TIMES AT PF EQUIPMENT OFFICE

All equipment must be returned during check-in hours:
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Friday:10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday:10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Please note the final check-in times:  Monday through Thursday at 4:00 PM., Friday at 2:00 PM., and Saturday and Sunday at 12:00 noon. At these times the equipment office switches from checking in equipment to checking out equipment. Any equipment returned past the check-in deadline can result in a fine of $5.00 per piece of equipment per day.

  • Equipment may be returned early, anytime the checkout office is open.  
  • Equipment may not be left on the premises, nor returned to the Administrative Offices
  • Members are asked to fill out usage cards found inside camera equipment cases. These are used to track usage and maintenance requirements.
  • While other people may return equipment, members who have checked out the equipment remain responsible for the condition of the returned equipment and for any late fee or fines incurred.

EXTENSIONS ON PF EQUIPMENT

Persons who cannot meet the check-in deadline must request an extension before taking equipment out. In emergencies, members should contact the equipment office to avoid being fined. Alternative arrangements to return equipment must be made.

IN-HOUSE FACILITIES AT PF

At Pittsburgh Filmmakers production facilities we offer darkrooms and film and video post-production suites. In-house equipment for use in these rooms is available anytime the facility is open:

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM-9:00 PM
Friday:10:00 AM-6:30 PM
Saturday, Sunday:10:00 AM-2:00 PM

All equipment designated as In-house must not leave the building. Anyone caught removing In-house equipment from the building will be fined ($50) and denied access privileges. There is no smoking permitted in Pittsburgh Filmmakers facilities. Food and drink are restricted to gallery and lounge areas. Members are expected to clean up their own work; violators will be fined or have their access limited.

RESERVATIONS FOR PF FACILITIES

Some In-house facilities may be reserved. Reservation can be made two weeks in advance at the Equipment Office. Members may sign up for up to a four hour block. The person who signs up for the final hour of the day will be permitted to stay after hours. Members may not sign up for two consecutive days; you must leave a 48 -hour period in between reservations. Cancellations must be made before your reservation begins. A $5.00 fine will be charged to Members who do not cancel. Reservations are automatically forfeited one-half hour after the starting time. Members may continue working if no one has reserved the space, until someone requests to use it. They will be allowed 30 minutes to clean up and leave. Members without a reservation will be allowed to work a full four -hour block if there are no schedule conflicts.   

CLASS RESERVATIONS OF PF FACLITIES
Sometimes facilities may be reserved for exclusive use by a class (from the PF School of Film, Photography & Digital Media). This is particularly true of the darkrooms. A list of all class reservations will be published following the second week of class.  Anyone using the space must leave 15 minutes before class begins.

AFTER HOURS ACCESS AT PF

Students and members are permitted to work after the Equipment Office closes under the following conditions:

  • Permission is strictly based on responsible behavior and Pittsburgh Filmmakers reserves the right to revoke or deny after-hours privileges.
  • Once the outside door is locked, you must stay inside the building until you are ready to leave, as the door will lock behind you. Anyone found propping the door open or letting other people in will immediately lose all access privileges.
  • All people wishing to work after hours must sign-in with the Equipment office before it closes.  Anyone not registered will be asked to leave.
  • Everyone staying after hours must sign-out when they leave.

PHOTOGRAPHY DARKROOMS AT PF

The photography area has three darkrooms, a finishing room and a processing room:

COMMUNITY DARKROOM

The Community Darkroom is for members and students who are enrolled in B&W I or have comparable experience. There are 18 enlargers surrounding 2 large sinks. Each enlarger has a large number painted on the side of the booth. The accessories needed to use the enlargers are available at the equipment office, and come in a kit also marked with a corresponding number.

ADVANCED COMMUNITY DARKROOM

The Advanced Community Darkroom is for members and students who are enrolled in B&W II or higher or have comparable experience. B&W I members and students are not permitted to use this darkroom. The same procedure for checking out kits for the Community Darkroom (see above) is used in the Advanced Community Darkroom. Some enlargers have a locking screw to the lower right of the enlarger head. Make sure it is released before adjusting the height of the enlarger head. If you are the first one in and the chemistry is already out but covered with Plexiglass, check and use it if it is still good. Developers and “stop” will change color when they are exhausted. “Fix” exhaustion must be tested with hypo check. When the developer or stop is exhausted, dump them into the sink. When the fixer is exhausted, dump it into a pitcher and carry it back to the Silver Recovery Unit in the Processing Room. Please don’t dump fix down the drain. If there are no trays out, they will be found under the sink in the Processing Room. Larger trays are available only from the Equipment Office. If you are the last one out, make sure everything is off:  water, safelights, timer and air conditioner; and cover the chemistry with the large Plexiglas sheets found beside or beneath the sink. It is impossible to overstate the importance of cleaning up after yourself. It will make the difference.

COLOR ROOMS

The color rooms are individual darkrooms used for color or black & white processing and printing, centered around a color work area. Each room is already equipped with enlarging gear:  lens, negative carriers, and easel. Check out the key at the equipment office and return the key immediately. Empty your trash into the large trashcan in the color work area when you finish. Currently, there is no after-hours access of the Hope color print processor. For this reason, during the hours we are open, priority will be given to students and members using the color processor.  Please look for times and dates set aside for color processing; these will be posted in the color work area.

FINISHING ROOM

The finishing room is only used for dry photographic applications such as viewing negatives, pressing fiber-based prints and mounting. Always remember to turn off the hot presses and tacking irons when you are finished using them. Throw away scraps or clean up leftover materials. Failure to do so will result in fines.

PROCESSING ROOM

This room is used for processing your negatives. Keep all chemistry near the sinks. Most photochemistry will be mixed in large drums. When you find a drum running low, please inform someone on staff so we can mix new chemistry. The remainder will be emptied into a brown bottle, clearly labeled. Always use the brown bottles first, as the new chemistry may still be too hot.  Photo-flo is found in a clear gallon jug. When it is empty please bring it to the Equipment Office to be refilled.

  • Developer and Stop Bath get dumped after processing negatives, Fix is returned to the original drum.
  • Be careful not to drip water or chemistry onto the floor. Always have a towel or rag with you to wipe up any messes.
  • Processing ware (measuring cups, etc.) should likewise be rinsed and returned to the drying rack above the sink in the corner.

PHOTO PRECAUTIONS

Photography chemicals are hazardous. To protect you and your health, the following suggestions are advised:

  • Use tongs or wear gloves when working with chemistry
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water when finished in the labs
  • We recommend that contact lenses not be worn in the darkrooms. Chemical vapors may cause an irritation to the eyes.
  • If chemicals get in your eyes, flush with water immediately.
  • If you are or become pregnant, please be aware that the chemicals could cause birth defects.

For more information about the chemicals being used, there are Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) available in the Equipment Office to read.

PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS

ACCESSING CERAMICS AND PRINTMAKING AT PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Access Members of PF/PCA will be issued a membership card. This card will allow members to check out equipment, use our facilities as well as receive benefits/discounts on classes, workshops and special events. This card must be presented at the equipment office at PF or the registration office at the school at the PCA to access our facilities.

GENERAL ACCESS POLICIES

  • Access is available for the sole purpose of creating non-commercial projects.
  • Equipment is to be used exclusively by the member accessing it. Members may not check out equipment for use by other persons.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to access the studios.
  • PF/PCA reserves the right to fine for any rules broken. Equipment access will be denied until all fines are paid in full.
  • Should a member encounter a problem with a piece of equipment, they should report the problem to the equipment office, studio monitor or the registration office as soon as possible. Under no circumstance should the member or anyone else disassemble or attempt to repair the piece of equipment.
  • Members will be held responsible for any damage to, loss or theft of equipment.
  • Facilities should be left in a clean and orderly condition. Violations will result in fines.
  • PF/PCA is not responsible for any damages to artwork or media, theft, or kiln breakages.

PCA ACCESS HOURS

Access hours change each school term. Access hours for the Ceramics, and Printmaking will be listed at the start of each term. There will at least 15 hours/week scheduled for the Ceramics Studio and 10 hours/week scheduled for the Printmaking Studio during school terms.

2011 SUMMER TERM HOURS

Through August 26, 2011

Ceramics
Monday - Friday: 9 am - 4 pm, Sculpture B
Tuesday: 4 pm - 9 pm, Wheel Room
Thursday: 4 pm- 9 pm, Sculpture B (unless school is closed)
Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm (unless school is closed), Wheel Room or Sculpture B

Printmaking
Tuesday: 6 pm - 9 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm (unless school is closed)

*Access hours are subject to change each term. All schedules, each term, will be posted to a bulletin board at the PCA School, the web, and via the email newsletter. It is recommended to call in advance to confirm hours of operation, especially around the holiday season and between terms. Access at the PCA does not include after hours access. All members wishing to use the facilities at the PCA must come during scheduled hours. Members may not interrupt classes or use the studio outside of scheduled access. Anyone doing so will lose access privileges.

RESERVATIONS

There are no reservations on equipment or facilities at the PCA.

MEMBERSHIP CARD

All members wishing to use the facilities must present their membership card to the registration office and sign in. All fees are due at the time of service.

EQUIPMENT

All equipment must not leave the building. Anyone caught removing In-house equipment from the building will be fined ($50) and denied access privileges. There is no smoking permitted in PF/PCA facilities. Food and drink are restricted to gallery and lounge areas. Members are expected to clean up their own work; violators will be fined or have their access limited.

CERAMICS STUDIO

SAFETY

  • For the safety of students and the studio, Members are permitted in the ceramics studio only during scheduled access times (to be determined at the start of each term).
  • Material Safety Data Sheets are on file in the studio. Please review the documents, which outline potential health hazards associated with long term exposure to chemicals used in the studio.

MATERIALS & FACILITIES

  • Clay must be purchased from the registration office. Clay is sold for a $30 flat rate per bag. The following types of clay are available: 153, 181, 130, 507, 239, 200. Clay may not be brought in from other sources. Any violation will constitute grounds for termination of access.
  • Clay tool kits are available for purchase from the registration office for $15, or you may bring your own. Bring a few old bath towels from home for cleaning up and wiping hands at the wheel. An apron is also suggested.
  • Only PCA glazes may be used on your work. Glazes purchased from outside sources may not be compatible with our kiln temperatures and will result in ruined pieces. All glazed work must have a clean bottom (at least 1/4-inch) so that the glaze doesn’t melt onto the kiln shelves. Work without a clean bottom will be placed on the “whoops” shelf in the studio. Excessive glaze runs will result in a fine of $10 to pay for costs of grinding and refinishing kiln shelves.
  • Shelf space is limited to 2 shelves/year (three shelves if you are enrolled in a class).
  • Sign and date all work. Unmarked work may be discarded.
  • Any piece over 14 inches high will be assessed a firing fee of $5.
  • Firing schedules will be determined by the studio coordinator and will be emailed and posted in advance. Every effort will be made to fire all completed work. Work of students enrolled in classes will be loaded first.
  • Work for firing must be dropped off during scheduled access hours only.
  • Raku firings can be arranged for an additional fee, or you may enroll in one of the Center’s alternative firing workshops. Under no circumstances will an access member be permitted to fire any of the Center’s kilns. The Ceramics Studio Coordinator must do all firings.
  • Facilities are to be kept in a clean and orderly condition. Violation of this rule will result in a fine of $5 and possible suspension of access.
  • Wheels must be wiped down completely, splash pan included.
  • Floor around wheel should be wiped.
  • All table tops must be scraped clean of clay buildup and area wiped.
  • Sinks should be cleaned of debris and rinsed.
  • Wipe down all counters.
  • Return all equipment to its proper place, and put work in storage areas.
  • Turn off and unplug your wheel.
  • Lockers are available on a first come first serve basis. Members must bring their own combination lock and inform the Registration Office of the lock combination.
  • PF/PCA is not responsible for any artwork damages, theft, or kiln breakages.

PRINTMAKING STUDIO

SAFETY

  • For the safety of students and the studio, Members are permitted in the printmaking studio only during scheduled access times (to be determined at the start of each term) and only when a monitor is present.
  • Material Safety Data Sheets are on file in the studio. Please review the documents, which outline potential health hazards associated with long term exposure to chemicals used in the studio.
  • Exposure to air-borne materials and liquid materials are reduced with provision of vents. The use of gloves, face shields, and aprons is recommended; however, you must supply these items. Rags used in cleaning up processing materials and inks must be disposed of in the red oily waste cans. Many materials are stored in nonflammable cabinets. Do not put mineral spirits, turpentine, and other oily substances down the sink drains. Hot plates must be turned off when not in use.
  • The studio monitor must do chemical mixing. No other chemicals should be brought in to the studio.
  • Equipment use includes the risk of getting caught in moving parts. Watch for dangly pieces (necklaces, earrings. etc., and loose clothing around moving equipment.
  • Eyewash solution is available in the office. Rinse for 15 minutes and seek medical attention.

MATERIALS & FACILITIES

  • Printmaking paper may be purchased from the registration office for $2/sheet. Printmaking plates are also available: 8x10 ($15), 5x7 ($10). 4x5 ($7).
  • Plates and proofing paper are available for purchase in the registrar’s office, or you may supply your own.
  • Facilities are to be kept clean and in an orderly condition. Please clean your work area and equipment used and notify the studio monitor before you leave for the day. Put materials and equipment back in appropriate locations. Violation of this rule will result in fines and possible suspension of access.
  • If you encounter a problem with a piece of equipment, notify the studio monitor immediately. Do not attempt to disassemble or repair the equipment. Members risk access loss and/or fines if they proceed.