Porn Shoot Scandal Prompts Tighter Rules for Filming at LA Schools

Filmmakers who wish to film at LA Unified School District properties must now submit a written synopsis, activity checklist and may be supervised by monitors

Last Updated: November 2, 2015 @ 7:27 PM

It has gotten a lot more difficult to film at Los Angeles schools since the revelation that a 2012 porn film called “Revenge of the Petites” was shot on the campus of Alexander Hamilton High.

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced Monday that it has updated its licensing procedures on school properties including requiring filmmakers to submit a written synopsis and activity checklist before shooting begins.

“The SAC (Synopsis and Activity Checklist) describes, in detail, the proposed activity to take place on LAUSD property. It is used to facilitate the review of proposed filming against LAUSD criteria, as updated for consistency and outlined in section 13 of its Standard Terms and Conditions, which are also available for review on the FilmL.A. website,” the announcement via FilmL.A. stated.

With this adjustment, production related activities and parking have resumed as normal at LAUSD properties following last month’s suspension.

“The Los Angeles Unified School District may appoint one or more LAUSD monitors to supervise on campus filming and parking activity,” the statement continued, depending on the hours of production, proposed activity, cast/crew size, potential for the facility to be damaged, and/or impacts on students, instruction or the surrounding community.

The recent suspension was sparked by NBC4 Southern California‘s report that school officials were misled about “Revenge of the Petites” being filmed at Alexander Hamilton High. The raunchy shoot included a car wash scene in the school’s front parking lot featuring nudity, plus scenes filmed on the quad, inside the main building and immediately behind the school’s marble statue of Alexander Hamilton himself.

The LAUSD makes an estimated $2 million from production companies each year, which funds further education across the district.

R-rated — as opposed to X-rated — projects that have been shot at L.A. schools include Cameron Diaz‘s “Bad Teacher,” HBO’s “Big Love” and Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.”

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