Fees

Campus filming production fee

The license to film on the Michigan State University campus covers a film liaison working with you during all aspects of production, including preproduction scouting, walk-throughs, tech scouts, and day-to-day oversight. Most fees are rated for Feature Films but may also apply to Commercial and Student productions if determined by the campus liaison. Fees are charged from the arrival of the first production vehicle to the departure of the last production vehicle. All other costs, including location rental fees and personnel, are separate.

  • Feature film: $1,500 for the first 10 hours; $200/hour thereafter
  • Set-up/strike days: 50 percent of the above listed costs

Location Costs

Certain locations require a site representative with an additional fee. Fees are subject to change without notification.

Interior locations

  • Theaters/performance venues: $1,000/day plus personnel
  • Classrooms/lecture halls: $100/hour
  • Libraries: $1,000/day plus personnel

Athletic facilities

  • Baseball stadium (no dugout): $800/day plus personnel
  • Basketball gyms: $1,500/day (large); $800/day (small)
  • Football practice field: $800/day
  • Intramural fields: $600/day
  • Pools: olympic, $1,200/day plus personnel; diving, $800/day plus personnel; indoor: $800/day plus personnel
  • Tennis courts: $600/day
  • Track and field: $250/day (track only); $800/day (field included)
  • Breslin Center arena (17,000 capacity): $3,500/day plus personnel

Other areas quoted on request

Exterior locations

  • Parking structure: $50/ hour plus $4/space
  • Walkways: $25/hour
  • Parks: $50/hour (large); $25/hour (small)
  • Courtyards: $25/hour
  • Plazas: $70/hour (large); $25/hour (small)

Personnel Costs

  • MSU film liaison: one liaison included in Campus Filming Production Fee
  • Additional liaisons: $75/hour (required if production involves more than 50 people or uses more than one location)
  • Student assistant liaison: $50/hour (required if production involves more than 75 people or uses more than two locations)
  • MSU police officers, including fire marshal: $61/hour per officer (must be arranged through the MSU Department of Police and Public Safety)
  • Site manager: $35/hour (required if a location specifies that a staff member must be present during filming)
  • Lifeguard: $15–$20/hour (required for filming in or around any pools)

For all personnel, overtime rates apply after eight hours per day or on weekends.

Parking Fees

  • Parking spaces: $6/space (parking for large vehicles will be charged based on the number of spaces they occupy)
  • On-campus open space: $8/vehicle
  • Metered spaces: $50/per meter day
  • Gate attendant: $10/hour (unless provided by production unit)

Maintenance, Custodial, and Landscape Fees

A fee ranging from $25 to $100 per hour will be charged for any maintenance, custodial, and landscape work. This includes items such as turning air conditioners, fountains, or lights on and off. These services must be requested at least 48 hours prior to the first day of production. Cleanup and landscape restoration following a shoot will be billed at the hourly rate of the personnel necessary to complete the task.

Cancellation Fee

A fee ranging from $25 to $100 per hour will be charged for any maintenance, custodial, and landscape work. This includes items such as turning air conditioners, fountains, or lights on and off. These services must be requested at least 48 hours prior to the first day of production. Cleanup and landscape restoration following a shoot will be billed at the hourly rate of the personnel necessary to complete the task.

Rush Fee

In order to ensure that all approvals are received and your shoot is arranged to your expectations, we require that a fully completed application be submitted to Communications and Brand Strategy no fewer than 10 working days prior to the first prep day or day of shooting. We also require that a final tech scout be done no fewer than five working days prior to the first prep day or day of shooting. Should either occur after the deadline, a per-item rush fee of 10 percent of your campus filming production fee will be charged.