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We have good news. Los Angeles County’s COVID cases have declined steadily in the past few weeks and CalArts has received approval to begin slowly re-opening the campus.

Reopening will be done very carefully in multiple phases over the coming months. It will be some time until the campus opens fully without COVID-19 restrictions. In the School of Film/Video, the first facility areas to open will be those for solo access, followed by spaces for small group access, such as sound stages and computer labs. Continued access will depend on COVID cases remaining low. If cases rise again, access may need to be restricted. 

Coming to campus is entirely optional. No curricular activities will happen on campus this spring, and students will not be required to be on campus. (We do plan to be on campus in the fall, in a hybrid mode combining in-person and remote activities.)

Film/Video Facilities Currently Open

Please watch this video which covers the use of SmartWay2 and LiveSafe, both of which are required for on campus facilities access. Keep in mind that reservations made through SmartWay2 require approval. Allow up to one business day for approval.

Safe cleaning instructions for the edit suites and computer labs can be found here.

Solo access is now available for the following facilities:

Computer Labs (Requires reservation using SmartWay2. Don’t forget to bring your Cintiq Pen or Headphones if needed; see note below)

A109, F105, E60

Downshooters (requires reservation using SmartWay2)

A115H, A115I

Digital Editing (requires reservation using SmartWay2)

E38, E49, E51, E52, E53, E55

FVSound (requires reservation using SmartWay2)

A112E, F104

Stop Motion (must complete the Stop Motion Space Reservation Request form)

BB4I, BB4J, E23, E25, E27, E32, E34

Note: Spring and Fall 2020 grads (G20s) need to send an email to 2popsupport@calarts.edu to request access to SmartWay2.

Film Productions / Installations

Expanded guidelines for on and off campus film productions and installations will be available very soon, once they are finalized. Productions & installations will be required to continue to use the Student Project Application form for all productions, both on and off campus. This form must be submitted at least two weeks before the start of the requested reservation.

Guidelines for Access

CalArts will continue requiring COVID-safe practices including mandatory masks and social distancing. Your safety and the safety of faculty and staff on campus is our top priority. When coming to campus it is important to be aware of the following: 

  • All campus access requires a reservation. Some reservations can be made through the SmartWay2 app or website (download from Apple App Store or Google Play) and others will require staff/faculty scheduling. Only students who have a confirmed reservation may be on campus. Students should go directly to their assigned space after picking up the key from security (if needed), then return the key and leave campus when they are finished.
  • Daily health checks using the LiveSafe app (download here) will be required before you can enter any facilities. Be prepared to show your “green checkmark” at the security gate and main entrance.
  • Complete the COVID safety training using this link for students and this link for faculty and staff.
  • Scan in and out with your CalArts ID so that we can follow the necessary procedures for contact tracing if we have a COVID case. If you don’t have an ID card you can get one at the campus safety entrance.
  • Follow the directional signage in and around the building in order to help us meet physical distance and capacity requirements.
  • Users are required to wipe down work surfaces before and after use with provided disinfectant wipes.
  • Each space will be limited to one reservation per space, per day to allow an airing out period.
  • Access is currently limited to 9AM-7PM, Monday through Friday. The last entry to campus is at 4:30PM. Closed on weekends.
  • Technical support will continue to be provided remotely. Staff and faculty will not enter spaces with students.
  • Students will need to provide their own headphones and Cintiq pens if needed, in order to reduce shared contact. (Sony MDR-7506 headphones or similar wired headphones with an ⅛” mini plug; Wacom Pro Pen 2 (KP504E))
  • To access Film/Video computers you will need your FV username and password. Continuing students who have forgotten theirs can either submit a ticket by sending an email to 2popsupport@calarts.edu. New students will automatically receive an email from 2 Pop Support with your username and password before access begins. Note that this password is different from your CalArts SSO password.


Film/Video facilities will be available to currently enrolled, full-time Film/Video students as well as Spring and Fall 2020 grads (G20s). 2020 alumni access is for finishing thesis & graduation projects and must be requested by filling out the Facilities and Technology Access for Spring 2020 Thesis & Graduating Projects form, if you have not already done so. Spring and Fall 2020 grads (G20s) need to send an email to 2popsupport@calarts.edu to request access to SmartWay2. Part-time and leave-of-absence students are not eligible. Film/Video facilities will not be available to students or alumni outside the School of Film/Video.

Bijou Festival Submissions Now Open

Bijou Fest is the School of Film/Video’s end-of-year film festival that screens any and all work submitted, made by Film/Video students during the 2020/21 and 2019/20 school year! For the entire week leading up to graduation (May 10-14) we will have an online stream of fantastic, wonderful, strange films, class screenings, and performances. This year’s Bijou Fest is programmed & organized by faculty advisor Ryan Betschart and a team of students from his Navigating Film Festivals course. Give us your work!

Submit Your Film Here!

Submissions close May 3rd, 2021 at 12:00pm PDT

For more info keep checking https://2pop.calarts.edu/bijoufestival/

Lineups will be revealed the first week of May/The week before Bijou Fest — follow twitch.tv/calartsfv —

Approaching the Near Distance: Community, Resistance & Making

School of Film/Video Wintersession Virtual Conference

January 11-22, 2021

Poster design by Ray Chang

Panel Discussion: Animation as Queer Practice

Tuesday January 12, 12:30pm (Pacific Time)

Join via Zoom

with Lily Husbands (Lecturer in Animation & Visual Culture, Middlesex University, UK), Steve Reinke (Associate Professor of Art, Theory & Practice, Northwestern University), Jordan Wong (Special Faculty, CalArts), and Lorelei Pepi (Assistant Professor of Animation, Emily Carr University). Moderated by Alexander Stewart, Co-Director Experimental Animation.

Keynote Speaker: Reece Auguiste

Tuesday January 19, 7:30pm (Pacific Time)

Join via Zoom

Auguiste is a founding member of the Black Audio Film Collective (UK) and currently CU Boulder Critical Practices Media Faculty. Auguiste’s talk for Wintersession will address the interpretive complexities of a media archive and the use of archival materials in documentary moving image art. He will also speak about the currency of documentary co-creation, and his experience working within Black Audio Film Collective (UK, 1982-98), a group of young, mostly immigrant filmmakers who challenged existing cinematic forms of expression to comment on contemporary social emergencies. In a recent (Sept, 2020) open online discussion group on Unsettling Documentary, Auguiste commented on the urgent need to consider new pedagogical models, and he will bring this concern to his Approaching the Near Distance talk as well:  “The coronavirus is unsettling, and it has unsettled all of us including our institutional affiliations…Our job, I think, is to not only develop new pedagogical models in the context of Covid-19 but to encourage our students to explore new epistemic territory, to develop their own models of creative practice and central to this transformation is co-creative practices…It’s going to be a slow burn—Covid-19 has lit the fuse of this decolonial project.”

This event is sponsored by the Nick England Intercultural Arts Project

Panel Discussion: Art By Mail 

Thursday January 21, 7:30pm (Pacific Time)

Join via Zoom

with April Sheridan (Special Collections Manager, Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, SAIC), Pablo de Ocampo (Independent Publishing Resource Center—Portland, curator at Western Front—Vancouver),and Austin English (publisher of Domino Books, comics artist). Moderated by Alexander Stewart, Co-Director Experimental Animation.

Announcing the 2 Pop Forum!

We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2 Pop Forum. The forum is a place for peer-to-peer support and is open to all CalArts students, faculty, and staff. Users can post questions about software applications, cameras, production sound, and much more. Users can also answer questions on the forum.

To create an account just visit the forum at 2popforum.calarts.edu and log in using Google login. Please note that you must sign in with your @alum.calarts.edu or @calarts.edu email address.

Responses on the forum from the technical staff are not guaranteed, so students seeking support directly from technical staff should continue to submit support tickets via 2 Pop.

Our forum is powered by Discourse forum software and you can find the “Discourse New User Guide” here: https://meta.discourse.org/t/discourse-new-user-guide/96331

Users should comport themselves with the same manner of professionalism and respect that is expected of all CalArtians. Inappropriate or disrespectful posting is prohibited and users may be sanctioned by the university for such conduct.

If you have suggestions on how to improve the forum, please post those suggestions in the “Site Feedback” category on the forum or submit a support ticket via 2 Pop.

– Film/Video Technical Staff