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Filming Policy & Site Location Fees

Guidelines and fees for photo and film production crews

The following documents outline the guidelines and fees for photo and film production crews who wish to use the Aquarium of the Pacific as a location/or use animals and staff for shooting all or part of feature films, television commercials, television series, music videos, print advertisements, documentaries, etc.

The first step is to submit a proposal. Once your proposal has been approved, please download, print, and send the signed and completed document to us via scan/email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or fax to Marilyn Padilla (562) 590-3109. We will also need a certificate of insurance as detailed in the policy and a copy of your City permit.

Aquarium of the Pacific Location Checklist

To secure your date:

  • Submit a film/photo shoot proposal
  • Provide the fully-executed Aquarium Location Policy/Addendum A
  • Submit a certificate of insurance. (Must include as detailed in Addendum A of the Aquarium’s Location Agreement:
    • $1 million in general liability, workers comp, and auto
    • Include the following wording in the description section “A waiver of subrogation is granted in favor of the additional insured”
    • The additional insured section must include the following wording “Aquarium of the Pacific and the City of Long Beach, and their Officers, Employees, and Volunteers”
  • Provide your billing information. (Company name, address, phone, fax, and contact name and contact phone)
  • Provide a copy of your script. (For reality television an episode synopsis or outline / For photography a storyboard or mockup).

Prior to filming:

Phone: (562) 570-5333
Fax: (562) 570-5335

Additional paperwork may be required depending on the nature of the shoot, i.e. copy of open water SCUBA dive certification and signed dive waiver for SCUBA/snorkeling, signed Animal Encounter Agreement for interacting with the sea lions, sea otters, sharks, or penguins, etc.

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