Students in filmmaking courses make their own films using the Department’s substantial production facilities and equipment.


Students have access to: 16mm film camera kits (Bolex and Éclair); Canon XA20 HD digital video cameras; Canon T4i HD DSLR cameras and lens kits; professional lighting packages; audio recording equipment with a wide variety of microphones; a professional dolly; and a digital optical printer that can be used for transferring film to video.

Post-production takes place in our editing facility in Abrahms Hall 115, which is staffed by a student lab technician. The lab consists of several Macintosh computer–based, nonlinear HD editing workstations with Adobe CS6 Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro.  The lab also offers 16mm editing equipment, including a Steenbeck flatbed editing table. The department is constantly acquiring new equipment and updating editing software to stay current with the latest trends in film and media production to better prepare students for professional opportunities in these fields.

Students usually take their first filmmaking class in the spring of their freshmen year, so they have plenty of time to develop their skills. Advanced filmmaking students have 24-hour access to the editing lab. Our filmmaking courses are small (10 to 15 students), so each student has plenty of opportunities to check out the equipment and use the computer editing workstations.

Films for both filmmaking and film studies courses are shown in a classroom that has been specially designed for screenings. Films and other media can be shown in a variety of formats, including DVD, celluloid film and online video. International films with a variety of technical formats can also be viewed.

Production courses at the University are also offered in the Kent McCray Television Studio which is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. This 30’ by 40’ studio which incorporates a hybrid of analog and digital tools–boasts three digital Hitachi studio cameras (4X3 or 16X9 switchable) each with its own Teleprompter, a computerized lighting grid, camera jib, 30’ X 12’ green screen, separate control room, audio room and a Green room with studio monitor. All of the video equipment is routed through a ROSS VISION 1 digital switcher. The walls of the studio are outfitted with acoustical tiles which allow the room to double as a sound stage.