The School of Filmmaking opened a state-of-the-art training and exhibition complex in 1997 – a "Studio Village" that embraces a variety of filmmaking functions in a totally integrated and dynamic setting.
The 62,036-square-foot Studio Village houses various production, post-production and exhibition activities, and serves as a "back lot environment" where exterior scenes with a variety of looks can be filmed. The village includes several key buildings that are fashioned in a range of architectural styles and facades from Main Street, USA, to the Chicago "El." One of the key objectives of the complex was to build facilities that have a range of scale from the large block sound stage buildings to smaller structures, such as a brick classroom building.
Electrical and other utility outlets are staged throughout the Studio Village so that filmmakers can easily support their equipment without running long lines of cable. The entire inner compound is designed so that exterior filming can take place undisturbed, with access to the facilities available around the perimeter of the filming area.
A Sound Stage
Three sound stages varying in size from 8,000 square feet to 4,000 square feet to 2,500 square feet provide professional production environments for film and video projects. The main stage boasts a 36-feet-to-the-grid workspace, and a motorized overhead lighting grid.
The School of Filmmaking possesses a rental house's worth of professional film and video camera, lighting, production and post-production equipment for use by students. Over the course of their studies, students become trained and (in some cases) certified on the equipment used by the school.
Available Production Equipment Includes:
• 16mm Arriflex SRIII camera/lens packages
• 16mm Arriflex SRII camera/lens packages
• Professional Location Sound Recording Packages
• 1 Fisher Model 10 camera dolly and 1 Fisher Model 11 camera dolly
• Doorway Dollies
• Panasonic HVX 200A HD Camera Packages
• HMI Lighting Instruments
• Kino-Flo Lighting Instruments
• Professional Electrical Distribution Packages
• Professional Grip Packages
• Production Vehicles include: Three 14’ Production Box Trucks; Three Crew Vans; Three 4x4 pickup trucks; Three diesel-powered 65 KW trailer-mounted generators.
Policies and protocols governing availability and student use of the production support equipment are listed in the Student Handbook.
The post-production facilities are intended to fully train students in industry standard editing and sound equipment.
Post-Production Equipment Highlights:
- Final Cut Studio 2 Suites
- KONA 3 10BIT / SONY DigiBeta Online Suite
- JVC HDV Suite
- AVID Media Composer Adrenaline and Media Composer Suites
- 20 Terabyte Apple Xserve RAID
- ProTools HD Mix Stage with 5.1 Surround Sound
- An ADR/Foley Stage with ProTools HD
- ProTools HD and LE digital audio workstations
- Sound Devices Hard Disk Recorders
- Electronic Music Lab
- Animation and Compositing with Shake, Lightwave, and After Effects
Film Scoring Stage
At 4,000 square feet, this specialized, state-of-the-art music recording stage, designed to record live music for inclusion in film productions, is large enough to accommodate an entire 100-piece symphony orchestra.
The recording booth houses a Digidesign ICON. The Icon combines an innovative digital mixing environment with the flexibility and power of industry-standard Pro Tools|HD systems. ICON is Digidesign’s integrated console environment featuring the all-new D-Control tactile worksurface, Pro Tools|HD Accel as its core DSP engine, and modular Pro Tools|HD interfaces for analog and digital I/O. The first truly integrated console solution of its kind, ICON empowers operators to accomplish every aspect of a project — recording, editing, mixing, and processing — complete with integrated video and delivery. The Digidesign ICON allows UNCSA students to finish their films with the highest professional quality.
A "flat iron" structured building in the Studio Village includes three state-of-the-art motion picture theatres. Two of the theatres hold 91 seats and the main theatre has a capacity of 296. The theatres are designed to exhibit all formats of film and video – 16mm, 35mm and 70mm in Academy, wide-screen and Cinemascope formats with mono, stereo or digital surround-sound. Adjacent are a large lobby and lounge area.
The Moving Image Archives provides screenings in support of the curriculum on a regular basis. Up to 20 films each week are shown to students on the big screen, in the format in which they were designed to be screened. he extensive archives includes a collection of 16,500 original feature film prints on 70mm, 35mm & 16mm; 240 live action and animated short films, documentaries and newsreels on 35mm and 16mm; 4,600 previews of coming attractions on 35mm; and 9,300 videocassette, laserdisc and DVD titles. It is the fifth largest non-commercial archives in the country."
Previously housed in temporary storage, the Moving Image Archives relocated in 2004 to a newly constructed building in the Studio Village. This $2.25 million facility includes 25,000 square feet of climate-controlled storage for the School of Filmmaking’s motion picture and video archives and space for film inspection and preservation. A researcher’s room and a 30-seat screening room will allow it to serve as a world-class film history research facility, affording individuals the opportunity to view films for researching scripts, commercials, billboards or any other type of film research data. This state-of-the-art archival storage facility was funded by University of North Carolina higher education bonds, passed by voters in 2000.
The Student Production Office is open to all School of Filmmaking students with One Card access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The office is equipped with a copy machine, fax machine, and iMac Computers. Each computer has the following software:
- Mac OSX
- Microsoft Office
- Final Draft v.8
- Safari and Internet Explorer
- High-speed Internet acces
- Movie Magic Budgeting v.7
- Movie Magic Scheduling v.5
Scanning services are available to both students and faculty. Scanning services include:
- Full Flat Bed Scanning (full color, 2400 dpi, up to legal size)
- Negative and Slide Transparency Scanning (up to 9600 dpi)
- OCR Conversion (Documents from magazines or other printed source can be scanned and converted back to editable text in an MS-Word document format)
William Buck Building
The William Buck Building, named after one of the school's most popular instructors, is the principal classroom building. A period-style brick schoolhouse, it contains six classrooms, two small "black box" studios and the school's two computer labs. All classrooms are equipped with television monitors and VCR and DVD decks.