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MCZ Collections Operations

Policies & Protocol

Guidelines to Filming & Still Photography

  • Open Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
    • Closed all federal holidays and between Christmas and New Years Day
    • All work must take place during normal business hours. Only under very rare circumstances are exceptions made.
  • An MCZ Copyright Permission Request form must be completed and approved before all projects.
    • The “Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University” should be credited within the body of the video (if possible) and in the credits at the end of the film.
    • The MCZ should receive videotape of the finished piece for the archives.
  • Availability is limited by collection protocol, research and teaching activities, etc.
  • Access to specimens within the collections is strictly limited and must be approved beforehand.
  • The MCZ must be informed of the lighting procedure and requirements including maximum amount of power. Building lights may not be turned off during filming unless approved beforehand.
    • In order to minimize light and heat exposure to the items to be filmed, we request that you use considered lighting, such as “kino-flo” fluorescent instead of incandescent light.
  • Film crews/ photographers are responsible for providing all of their own equipment and ancillary gear, such as props, cloth and extension cords.
  • Delivery of any equipment must be arranged beforehand, and parking is the responsibility of the film crew/ photographer.
  • All film crews/ photographers must provide a Certificate of Insurance naming the MCZ prior to filming.
  • Due to the number of requests to film, all shoots must be scheduled ahead of time by contacting Collections Operations.