Cameras and editing equipment may be checked out only to students currently enrolled in Cinematic Arts (Media Arts, IFDM, and Arts Management) production courses. (If this does not apply to you, we recommend contacting Academic Technology Services for inquiries about other equipment and services available within the university.)

For all equipment related questions, please email or phone: 505.277.1171. The equipment cage is located in CERIA 304.

Fall 2016 Equipment Cage Hours
Monday-Friday 9am to 9pm
Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

Students may make equipment reservations by filling out this form at least 24 hours in advance.


Production Related Forms
Cage Rules + Regulations | Cast/Scene Breakdown | Digital Camera Report | Film Credits Worksheet
Location Contact List | Location Release Form | Location Release Guidelines | Personal Property Waiver
Script Breakdown Sheet | Shooting Schedule | Shot List | Vertical Storyboard | Horizontal Storyboard
Talent Release Form | Video Equipment Checklist

Equipment Manuals


For our students, we offer:

6 – Canon Rebel T3i 1080p DSLR, 3 – Canon Rebel T5i 1080p DSLR, 2 – Canon Rebel T6i 1080p DSLR, 1 – Canon 5D Mark II 1080p DSLR, 2 – Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K Micro Four Thirds, 2 – Blackmagic Pocket Camera 1080p RAW Micro Four Thirds, 2 – GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition 1080p, 1 – GoPro HD Hero 1080p, 1 – Contour+2 Action Camera 1080p, 6 – 16mm Bolex HP cameras outfitted with 10, 25, and 50mm lenses, and 1 – Arriflex 16. These cameras have a variety of lenses, filters, tripods, microphones stands, booms for audio recording, lighting and grip equipment, projectors, and other accessories.

There are ten editing rooms. Three are also used for 16mm editing and have editing benches with rewinds, one of which has a flatbed Steenbeck editing table. The other rooms are dedicated to digital editing. The editing suites include Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Final Cut Pro X, and Avid Media Composer.


Check-Out Regulations and Procedures:

The standard check out time is a two-night check out. For example, if a camera is checked out Monday, it is due back Wednesday.  It is strongly suggested to reserve equipment.  A student can reserve equipment twice in one week but there has to be a block in between each reservation/checkout; i.e. if a student reserves a camera for Monday check out with a Wednesday return, s/he can reserve again for a Friday check out with a Monday return. If a student fails to pick up his equipment the DAY s/he reserves it for, the equipment is released as first come, first serve check out.  Meaning, if a student reserves a camera for Friday-Monday but doesn’t come to pick it Up Friday night; the reservation is released and anyone can check out the camera Saturday.

Students can sign up for one two hour block of editing time a day.  If there is no one reserved to edit after their two hour block is up, they may stay and continue editing until the next student shows up for his reservation.  If they are more than 15 minutes late for their editing time, they lose their block and anyone can sign in.

All students have to be enrolled in a production class to check out equipment.  On rare occasions, a faculty member can request equipment privileges for a student; we will honor the faculty member’s request but the student has to pay the lab fee.


Other Facilities available for student use on UNM main campus:

The heart of ARTS Lab is the “Digital Media Garage,” a black box space outfitted to support performance, experimentation and research in digital graphics, sound, and realtime immersive projection systems. The ‘Garage’ includes a 15′ diameter hemispheric domed projection surface (the G-Dome), a Vicon Motion Capture system, 30′ x 40′ Green Screen Studio, AV production suite and more. ARTS Lab also supports computer labs in several locations on the UNM campus or affiliated with UNM, including labs in Art, Music, Cinematic Arts, Photography, Theater and Dance, Communication & Journalism and Continuing Education.

Art Studio
Many Cinematic Arts students receive their minor in Art & Art History. They have been able to enrich and broaden their learning and production with not only the resources of the art history classes, but the facilities housed in the New Art Building. In these classes, students may use the facilities offered by photography, sculpture, small metals, ceramics, paintings, and drawing.

Fine Arts + Design Library
FADL houses over 200,000 items including books, periodicals, art exhibition catalogs, music scores, sound recordings, videos, as well as several collections of rare and unique works in the fine arts. This is all enclosed in the large, luminous fourth floor of the George Pearlman Hall. Material within this collection is available for use within the library to all who have an interest in them. For film researching questions please contact, David Herzel 277.0280

Gus Blaisdell Reading Room
This room is within the Department of Cinematic Arts and created in honor of Gus Blaisdell. We are currently processing these books, and will have a list of available titles online within time. Currently we house roughly 800 books, magazines, and catalogues. This room offers a quiet place for faculty and staff to relax and meet.

Interdisciplinary Film + Digital Media
Their operations and core classrooms and labs are located on UNM main campus at the newly renovated Hartung Building at 2414 Central Avenue SE in Albuquerque. IFDM’s other facility is a Research and Advanced Learning center located in the eastern wing of the Aperture Centure at Mesa del Sol, adjacent to the Q Studio.

Student Lounge
Within the CERIA Building we house a Student Lounge complete with lockers available for check-out and refrigerator; couches and chairs for relaxing or meeting; computer with internet capabilities and access to subscriptions to magazines like American Cinematographer.