Frequently Asked Questions

RESERVATIONS & CHECKOUTS:

  • Do I have access to the JHU MICA Cage?
    • If you are a student at Johns Hopkins or MICA taking a class at the Film Centre, then yes!  Attend one of our Orientation sessions to get added to the checkout system. Students who fail to attend Cage orientation and submit a signed contract will not be granted Cage or facilities access.
  • What equipment do I have access to?
  • How do I make a reservation?
    • Once you are signed up and in the system, simply log in with your MICA credentials at checkout.mica.edu. Refer to our "Tutorials" page to watch a video of the reservation process. Cage staff are not to make reservations or checkouts for any students or faculty members. If you have a problem with WebCheckout, contact the Cage and we'll help walk you through it.
  • How long can I make reservations for?
    • Items may be checked out for up to 48 hours.  If you need to renew, call the Cage and if there are no conflicting reservations, you can keep the gear for an additional 24 hours. Only one renewal per checkout. 
    • Checkouts made on Friday may be returned on Monday.
  • What if I really, really need equipment for longer than 48 hours?
    • Students who need to make extended reservations must fill out an "Extended Checkout Request" form, available at the Cage. This form requires a signature from a professor, and must be approved by a Cage manager. Students who habitually submit extended requests may be denied.
  • I would like to pick up my order before you are open, or return my order after the Cage closes. Is that okay?
    • No, all reservations and returns must work around our hours. If you need an earlier pickup, plan to make your reservation for the day prior. The only exceptions are facilities (edit suite, sound stage, recording studio), and gear being returned via a Cave.
  • What is a Cave?
    • The Film Centre has 4 Caves, which are lockable closets by the Cage. A Cave can be checked out to safely store equipment. Equipment left in a Cave at the time of return will be returned by Cage staff, as long as the key is left in the dropbox.
  • I am a senior and I tried to make a reservation for a camera and the system would not let me, why not?
    • For many of our higher level cameras, before we grant you access, we ask that you take a simple test to ensure you know how to use the camera properly.  These tests go over the basics of camera operation. After you are authorized, you must fill out a form (found here) to make a reservation for a higher level camera.
  • Can I reserve rooms through The Cage?
    • Yes, through the Cage you can reserve editing suites, the Sound Stage, and Recording Studio.
    • The 5.1 edit suites, Sound Stage, and Recording Studio require a brief training. Please make an appointment to gain access.
    • If you would like to reserve a teaching space (classroom or screening room), contact Melissa Capello.
  • What happens if I break or lose a piece of gear?
    • If you break a piece of gear, you will be responsible for the costs.  We will bill you for the costs of repair and replacement up to the Insurance deductible.
  • What happens if I return equipment late?
    • Late fines begin accruing immediately at the scheduled return time.  Fines are billed as $5 per hour per item capped at $15 per item per day.  These add up fast so make sure you return your equipment on time.  We do this because students often have back to back reservations and we need to ensure that equipment is always available for every reservation.
  • What happens if I miss a reservation?
    • The first time you miss a reservation, there is no charge.  After the first time, there is a fee of $25 for not showing up for a reservation pickup. If you know you will not be able to make your reservation, please cancel it at checkout.mica.edu or call us to cancel it. Our staff prepares reservations ahead of time and not showing up to a reservation leads to staff preparing a reservation and then having to unpack it again. In addition, it prevents other students from being able to use that gear during the time of the reservation.
  • Where can I park to load my equipment? 
    • The parking lot adjacent to the Film Centre is a $5/day pay lot operated by a third party. The closest MICA owned lot is located at the corner of W Lafayette and Maryland Ave (must have a MICA parking pass). Limited street parking is available on 20th St, where the rear entrance to the Film Centre is located. This rear door is for card-holding students, faculty, and staff only, all visitors must enter the front entrance (on North Ave) and check in with security. Film Centre/Cage staff are not available to assist in the loading or unloading of equipment. Please take this time into account to prevent late fines.

OTHER:

  • Should I contact the Film Centre to hire students to shoot my wedding, family reunion, birthday party, or short/feature film?
    • No, please contact MICA or JHU's career development offices to post jobs on MICA or JHU job boards.
  • I'm having trouble with a computer or printer at the Film Centre, who should I contact?
    • Email help@mica.edu for computer or printer related issues.
  • I see a suspicious person in the building, who should I contact?
    • Any safety or security concerns should be communicated to campus safety at 410-225-2245. For emergency situations, call MICA's emergency dispatch at 443-423-3333, or call 911.