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All equipment must be transported safely and large equipment may require a truck. Production Trucks and rental vehicles are NOT covered under Pepperdine insurance so you will need to provide your own insurance for such rentals or purchase a policy from the rental company. 

Plan ahead for the cost and logistics involved in renting large vehicles for transportation. Many rental companies require that a driver be over the age of 25, or pay extra fees. 

Make sure that the person who is going to be driving the truck is listed on the insurance and rental agreement and that they have a valid driver’s license. Do not let any unauthorized driver operate the vehicle. 


Loading a truck requires some thought and planning. Everything has to go in a certain way. The reason for this is that you have to be able to work off of the truck. 

The contents of the truck may shift during travel. Open all doors slowly to avoid being hit by equipment tumbling out. 

Tie down and secure all equipment so that it will not slide, fall, or get damaged during transportation. 

The lift gate should be operated by only one person. The operator should give a verbal warning, “going up” and “going down.” Crew not operating the lift gate should stand well clear of the lift. Use truck shelves and racks and ratchet straps to tie off equipment. Avon, for example, has shelving available for their trucks – use them. 

Equipment cannot be stored in vehicles overnight. Unload equipment and store it in a locked and secure location. Large trucks of equipment must be parked overnight at a patrolled and secure studio or other lots (this may require a fee). 

On location, keep all equipment in sight of the crew. Be aware of any access the public may have to the equipment while it is in your possession. If possible, limit public access. 

Negligence in the storage or transportation of equipment may void any insurance coverage and make students liable for the cost of replacement. 

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