Facilities & equipment

The Watkins film program offers state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to enrich and refine your filmmaking work. These include:

Facilities

  • Two production stages outfitted with rolling set pieces that create a variety of shooting opportunities such as the front of a house and/or brownstone and interior rooms, including staircases, bookcases, and furniture. Both stages have board-controlled lighting grids.
  • Two large digital editing labs with Avid, Final Cut Pro, and Pro Tools editing software.
  • Post-production audio/music studios with Pro Tools, two ADR booths, and studio Foley pits for completing dialogue, music, and sound design work.
  • 8200-cubic-foot mix theater with ProTools HD surround for full Dolby 5.1 film mixes.
  • Color Correction Suite with Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 9.0 with a Tangent 3 Trackball Control Surface.
  • Student Writing Lab equipped with Final Draft software and Microsoft Office for writing screenplays.
  • 200-seat professional movie theatre with state-of-the-art projection and sound.
  • Production office for student meetings and other tasks necessary to arrange our 50-plus student productions mounted each semester. Auditions for actors are held every fall and spring, and more than 200 catalogued head-shots and actor resumes are on file for perusal.

Equipment

A film equipment room houses all the film school’s production equipment. Students follow industry practices for the check-out and returning of gear. Only students in production classes may check out equipment.

Some highlighted equipment includes:

  • One Red Scarlet fully equipped camera capable up to 6k resolution.
  • One Panasonic HC-X1000 4k Camera.
  • Two Arri SR-1 16mm camera packages.
  • Four Canon 5D Mark III camera packages.
  • Two HPX 170 cameras.
  • One Sony EX3 camera.
  • One GoPro Hero 4 with multiple mounting options.
  • Two Canon Rebel T5is.
  • Varying Prime lenses for DSLRs.
  • Three Mountable Field Monitors.
  • Four Panasonic DVX100 mini DV camera packages.
  • 12’ crane arm and platform.
  • Digital and Film camera tripods.
  • Glidecam Steadicam Harness and Arm.
  • Two Shoulder Mounts for DSLRs.
  • Four 744T Sound recorders.
  • Zoom H6N Sound recorders.
  • Six Sennheiser shotgun microphone kits.
  • Two Redrock Cages with Matte Boxes and Follow Focus.
  • Large assortment of grip and lighting equipment including LEDs.