The facilities in Manzanita Hall offer CTVA students the opportunity to produce films in a professional environment.

16mm cameras (Arriflex, Eclair, Cinema Products, and Bolex), grip equipment, and portable lighting, are housed and maintained by the engineering staff and are available for checkout to film students. Each semester selected senior film production students will have the opportunity to use a high end Arricam 35mm camera or the new state-of-the-art Arri Alexa through a program with Arri, Inc. (Arriflex Corporation). Raw stock, lab services with telecine, grip, lighting, dolly and generator packages are provided along with Arriscan services.

The Film Stage includes a complete lighting package with dimmers. A J.L. Fisher 10 Dolly with accessories is kept on the stage for use in student projects. The 40' x 56' production area is fully sound proofed and encircled with two movable cycloramas in blue and black. The adjoining scene shop is available for construction and storage of sets and props.

A two-wall green-screen hard cyc cove is available for special effects production in an adjoining Insert Stage.

Post-production editing is performed with high-end Avid non-linear editing stations. These are available for student use in both bullpen and private suite environments. Senior film production students edit in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Senior Film Edit Suite. Grants are available through the Department for completion money to create digital intermediates and Digital Cinema Packages, for generating release prints.

Recently completed is the Paul Hunter Film Titling/Visual Effects Suite, featuring state-of-the-art digital animation and titling creation with Adobe After Effects software.

The Film Sound Mixing Facility features an ADR/Foley/Music Scoring Stage and the digital surround sound Hollywood Foreign Press Association Film Mix Studio with Pro Tools | Ultimate and 4K projection.

Camera operator filming students seated in chairs

Students in the CTVA television program work in a 40' x 60’ television Studio with an adjacent Scene Storage Shop. The television studio contains 4 Canon C700 digital cinematography cameras in a multi-camera studio or single camera configurations. Other features include 2 x JL Fisher mic booms, on camera teleprompters,  extensive lighting package with dimmers, 24’ x 12’ green screen. The Studio alternates as a HD screening room.

Overlooking the studio is the Video Control Room which contains flat panel LED multi-viewer monitoring, a Grass Valley Korona production switcher, SNS EVO file server, Softron media file recording/playback, Datavideo Graphics and Avid Media Composer. Live streaming encoding. Adjacent to the video control room are 3 Pre/Post Production Suites including Avid, Final Cut X and Adobe Premiere interconnected with file server The adjacent Sound Room is housed with a Yamaha QL5 48 channel digital audio board, 12 Sennheiser wireless transmitter/receivers and a variety of mics and audio sources.

Television students can also check out from the ARC (ARRI Resource Center) Equipment Room an array of portable digital cinematography cameras including the Red Camera, Canon C300 Mark II, Canon DSLR as well as LED, Arri and Kino Flow lights and Sennheiser, Audio Technica and Sound Devices audio support equipment for field work.

Television students edit in Individual Post Production editing suites including Avid Media Composer, Final Cut X, and Adobe Premiere.

TV Production Facilities

Two students on a sound board monitoring footage

Completed with a $1 million donation from Mr. and Mrs. Alan Armer, this 130-seat screening room is located in the East wing of Manzanita Hall. The projection facilities include 35mm as well as a state-of-the-art digital projection system, Dolby Digital and THX sound. The CSUN Cinematheque programs the theater and offers a full spectrum of first-run and classic films as well as selected student productions. For a complete listing of upcoming films and events, please visit CSUN Cinematheque.

Students gathered on a set listening to a lecture

THE CSUN GALLERY OF FILM POSTER ART is the only permanent university gallery in the United States devoted to the art of the movie poster.  It was conceived as a museum-like setting to display the art of the film poster––a largely unappreciated art form.  The criteria for poster selection rest on design and illustration. 

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