Mass Communication at the University of Montevallo

Facilities Requests

  1. Students must allow 15 minutes to pick up and turn in Equipment.  Do not expect to this service to only take one minute.  It is also first come, first serve.  If there is a line, students must wait their turn.

  2. Do not leave any equipment unattended.  Do not drop off any equipment and leave.  Equipment must be properly signed-out and signed-in by the student workers or equipment checkout administrators.  Failure to do so will cause the account to be flagged.

  3. Equipment is scheduled via the uReserve software system. You must log in to view the schedule.

  4. Any Mass Communication Faculty or Staff may check reserved equipment out.

  5. Equipment may be scheduled for up to four hours during the day, or overnight. If you only need the equipment for 1 or 2 hours, please create a short reservation, and return it promptly to respect the next reservation.

  6. When scheduling equipment to tape at night, choose the 4pm timeslot. Overnight equipment is due back by 9am the next morning. Weekend equipment starts at 4pm Friday.

  7. If you are going to be more than 15 minutes late for an equipment reservation, call the Mass Comm office at 665-6625 to either confirm or cancel your reservation. Failure to cancel reservations, thus tying up equipment, may cost your checkout privileges.

  8. Equipment MAY NOT be transferred between students. Contact MC Faculty or staff to arrange a swap. Failure to do so will result in loss of privileges.

  9. You may only schedule one camera at a time, for up to four hours at a time.

  10. Equipment checkout administrators (Dr. Cofield, Dr. Finklea, Mr. Pruitt, or Kaley Blankenship) may cancel reservations for failure to follow the rules.

  11. You will only be able to reserve equipment the faculty has given you permission for.

  12. Equipment is for use by Mass Communication students only.

  13. Students checking equipment out must pay the Mass Communication Equipment Fee each semester.

  14. Check the equipment before leaving the Mass Communication building.  The last person to check an item out will be held responsible, per the guidelines on the relevant production class syllabi.

  15. The Mass Communication building closes at 5pm on Fridays.  This includes the Computer Lab and Editing Suites.  Computer Lab workers do not have a key for the Equipment Room.

  16. Check out closes promptly at 5pm Monday-Friday.  Students must make arrangements to pick up and check in equipment with enough time for the staff to properly check all the equipment in the reservation

Special Projects Requests

  1. Equipment is for MC Majors whom have paid a lab fee for the semester.

  2. Equipment is to be used for MC class projects (Class Projects have Priority) and all others must be pre-approved as laid out below.

  3. No student is allowed to operate MC Equipment that is not an MC Major.

  4. The student whom made the uReserve Reservation must be present to pick up the Equipment.

  5. Not all equipment may be available for Special Projects.  Students wishing to reserve equipment must demonstrate proficiency to the faculty well in advance of the production date.  While the faculty may be available to provide advice and help, this is not guaranteed, so to avoid wasted student time, unusable results, or equipment damage, proficiency by the MC major who will be operating the equipment is required.

  6. Proposals for Special Projects must be submitted seven days before production is planned to start, which will require:

       I. A Proposal of the Production.  The Proposal must include:

A. 300 word Synopsis or Treatment of the Project.  (The 300 word Synopsis or Treatment is separate from

Criterion B-L below)

B. the Goal of the Project

C. the estimated total running time of the Project

D. the expected completion date

E. the names of MC Majors who will be operating the equipment

F. A specific list of the equipment the MC Majors will be reserving and picking up

G. A Crew List (which includes Cast and Crew and all Positions)

H. The Production Date and Time

I. The Location

J. Final Script

K. Shot List.

L. Must be submitted to a Competition.  Webpage links to Category and Rules must be provided in the proposal.

       II. Permission by Dr. Cofield, Dr. Finklea, and Mr. Pruitt. If Permission is not granted by all

         three (Dr. Cofield, Dr. Finklea, and Mr. Pruitt), the Special Project cannot be produced with

         Mass Communication facilities or equipment.

      III. All Proposals must be complete.  Incomplete Proposals will not be viewed or discussed by

         Faculty members until a complete proposal has been submitted.

      IV. Proposal must be emailed to each Faculty member and Proposal must be printed and given to

         each Faculty member (Dr. Cofield, Dr. Finklea, and Mr. Pruitt) for consideration of a Special


      V. The final edited project must be made available in a Special Projects folder on the fcserver.

NBS Camera Policies

     To have access to the NBS camera, a student must:

                    Be an active, dues-paying member of the University of Montevallo’s chapter of the National Broadcasting   

          Society or Alpha Epsilon Rho

o   To be considered an “active member,” you must regularly attend NBS meetings and participate

    in NBS-related activities. Simply paying NBS dues does not qualify as being active.

                    Only use the camera for video projects for the UM NBS chapter or MC class projects

o   Any use for non-NBS or non-MC class projects will result in permanent loss of checkout privileges for the NBS camera and related gear

o   NBS video projects get priority over use for MC class-related projects when making

   reservations in UReserve

                    Submit a written proposal for their video project* to at least one of the three UM NBS co-advisors

          (Dr. Cofield, Dr. Finklea, Mr. Pruitt), including a list of all active NBS members and non-members who

          plan to participate.

o   This proposal should be submitted at least one week before the equipment is needed.  Proposals are not required for

MC class projects.

o   The majority of the crew for the project must be active NBS members

                    Demonstrate proficiency operating the XA10 and accessories to one of the NBS co-advisors or MC

          Equipment Manager before checking out the gear.


Special Note: Any of the NBS co-advisors may veto any proposed video project for any reason.