New Student Video Center Open at Mason

Posted: November 6, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

Communication media production students now have a new place to call home. The Student Video center, located in 1010 David King Hall, will also serve as the new site for the video yearbook, Mason Cable Network and the new Film and Video Studies program.

The need for the center began when AARP began to donate to Mason broadcast-quality equipment, which increased the need for space, power and air conditioning flow. University Life, the Communication Department and the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) made a request for a multidisciplinary space with sufficient room and power to store video equipment and house a studio.

Once the new space was established, it took one year to come up with the funding to put in a lighting grid and a cyclorama (a curved curtain or wall used as a background of a stage set to give the impression of unlimited space).

The next step consisted of configuring the space. Greg Smalfelt, engineer at GMU-TV and student in the MS Telecommunication Program, and Bill Western, AARP engineer, figured out how to make what they had work and set up all the equipment. In addition, Joy Hughes, vice president for information technology, donated several Final Cut Pro Mac Suites for students to use and agreed to maintain a MAC Lab for teaching.

When the Student Video Center was finally completed in September, an open house with the theme “It Takes a Community to Build a Studio” was held to thank all the groups and individuals who helped make the new facility accessible to students.

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