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Commercial Photography and Filming on the Southwestern Campus

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    The television show "Friday Night Lights" came to Southwestern in July 2010 to film several scenes for an episode that will run in Season Five.
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    Several scenes for an HBO movie on the life of Temple Grandin were filmed at Southwestern in 2008.
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    Clothing company Aeropostale used Southwestern's campus to do a photo shoot in April 2010 (Photo by Carlos Barrone).
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    Proctor & Gamble used Southwestern's campus in January 2012 to do a photo shoot for its Communities in Schools Program.
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    Dick's Sporting Goods used the varsity soccer field in May 2014 to film a commercial that will air nationwide.
    Ellen Davis

Guidelines for people outside Southwestern who are interested in using the campus for commercial photography or film shoots

No commercial photo shoots or film shoots may be done on the Southwestern University campus without advance permission from the university.

If you are interested in using the campus for a commercial photo shoot or film shoot, please contact the Office of Marketing & Communications at 512-863-1212 or

Copies of Southwestern’s Filming Contract are available upon request. Anyone wishing to film on the Southwestern Campus MUST SIGN THIS CONTRACT (outside contracts will not be accepted).

If your proposed photo shoot or film shoot involves ONLY ATHLETICS FACILITIES on campus, please contact Glenn Schwab, associate athletic director, at 512-863-1697 or

Southwestern will consider requests for commercial photo or film shoots as long as they are appropriate and do not interfere with the university’s academic mission. All commercial photo or film shoots require proof of insurance as well as a daily fee.

In no circumstances can for-profit companies use photos or video of the Southwestern campus that may imply university support for a product or service.

Southwestern University reserves the right to photograph and/or videotape students, faculty, staff and guests while on University property or during University-sponsored functions. These images may be used by Southwestern University for promotional purposes, including use on the Southwestern University website, social media channels, and printed materials such as the Southwestern magazine. Anyone wishing not to participate in photo or video shoots should inform the photographer/videographer or move themselves out of range of the camera.