I have a production idea involving the military. Is there someone who can help me get Army assistance?
What can OCPA-West do for me?
Where is OCPA-West located?
U.S. Army Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, Western Region
10880 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1250
Los Angeles, California 90024
Phone: (310) 235-7621
Fax: (310) 235-6075
What is the procedure to obtain assistance?
Who decides if the Army will cooperate with my production?
What criteria are used to determine if my production will be approved?
- The production must benefit the Department of Defense or otherwise be in the national interest based on the following factors:
- The production must help increase public understanding of the Armed Forces and the Department of Defense.
- The production should help Armed Forces recruiting and retention programs.
- The production must be authentic in its portrayal of persons, places, actual military operations or historical events. Fictional portrayals must depict a feasible interpretation of military life, operations and policies.
- The production should not appear to condone or endorse activities by private citizens or organizations that are contrary to U.S. Government policy.
- The producer must agree to sign and abide by the production agreement and DODI5410.16 (you will receive copies of both documents early in your coordination).
- Military assets requested must be available when required.
When can I expect a commitment for assistance?
Will Department of Defense want to review my completed project?
How will screen credits be handled?
Will I need to provide a copy of the project, still photographs and promotional material to the Army?
Who is and what does the project officer do? Can I get a technical advisor assigned to my project?
Is it possible to use active military personnel as extras in my film?
Can I film at Army locations?
Can I film at Army locations?
May I film on Army property if my project does not depict the Army?
Does my script have to be reviewed by the Army?
Will the Army review my project to point out errors without my seeking official assistance?
Does a TV series, music video or video game require the same approval process?
What are my financial responsibilities to the government?
- Petroleum, oil and lubricants for equipment used.
- Resultant depot maintenance.
- Expendable supplies.
- Travel and per diem.
- Civilian overtime.
- Replenishment spares.
- Lost or damaged equipment.
- Commercial power or other utilities for facilities kept open beyond normal duty hours or in such cases where the production company's consumption of utilities is significant.
- Costs incurred in diverting or moving equipment to a specific location to support production requirements.
- All flying hours associated with production company requirements, except when missions coincide with and can be considered legitimate operational and training missions.
- Military manpower costs for National Guard or Reserve personnel assigned to production support (such as drivers and pilots).
- AAdditionally, the production company is responsible for ensuring that all Army equipment and facilities used are restored to their original, or better, condition.
I only need stock footage. Is it available?
My project is still in development. Do I need to go through the approval process for research access to stock footage?
What is the process for buying stock footage?
May I re-use footage shot or purchased for this production on subsequent projects?
What is a Production Agreement?
- The production company agrees to consult with the project officer if there are changes to the agreed-upon script.
- The operational capacity and readiness of the military may not be impaired by the support provided.
- There will be no deviation from DoD safety standards.
- The production company will not damage or impair the appearance of DoD property and will restore property used for the production to the same condition, or better, in which it was made available.
- The production company agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Department of Defense, its agencies, and personnel for any injury or damage to its personnel or equipment or agencies that occur on or with DoD property, unless it is determined to be caused by the negligence of DoD personnel and/or property.
- The production company agrees not to reuse or sell any footage shot or provided through the cooperation of the Department of Defense without the DoD's approval.
- The production company agrees to provide an advanced screening of the production to the Department of Defense.
- The production company agrees to provide appropriate military credits at the end of the film.
- The production company agrees to provide DVDs, posters, photos and media material to the Department of Defense for historical purposes.