Photography and Video Shooting and Filming

Amateur photography, video, and filming during the Museum’s normal operating hours are always
welcome. Any of the above outside of our normal open hours, such as filming at dawn or after dark,
requires special permission from the Administration or Board of Directors as it would impact the work
schedules of our paid employees.
Commercial photography and video or film shooting also requires special permission from the Museum
Administration or the Board of Directors, especially if the activity will restrict the free movement of the
general public through all the exhibits of the museum or requires special sets of a temporary nature, or
otherwise impacts the normal operations of the museum. Commercial photography or filming of any
sort may require the payment of non‐refundable fees to the Museum prior to start of any project
Use of any sort of aircraft such as drones, radio controlled airplanes, helicopters, etc. is subject to rules
and regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration because of the proximity of the Bishop Airport
Filming Fees:
PROCESSING AND MONITORING FEES vary depending on the estimated hours of Laws Museum time
required to process the application and to monitor filming and reclamation. In most cases, minimal
impact filming at popular locations requires payment of Category 1 fees. These fees are generally paid
with the application after coordination with the local Museum contact. The fees are based on the
following schedule:

1 1 to 8 $ 119
2 8 to 24 $ 416
3 24 to 36 $ 784
4 36 to 50 $1,124
5 50+ Full reimbursement for actual costs

*Processing and Monitoring Fees may be assessed using separate categories
RENTAL fees vary per State and are generally established by State wide appraisals.



Motion Pictures/Videos Commercial Still Photography
1 ‐ 30 people $250/day 1 ‐ 10 people $100/day
31 ‐ 60 people $500/day 11 ‐ 30 people $150/day
Over 60 people $600/day Over 30 people $250/day

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