STF Spotlight: Projectors in Living Color

Monday 04/27/2020

The Digital Cinema Projector, purchased with Student Technology Fee funds, assists students in the College of Motion Picture Arts in accurately viewing colors for their video projects. 

Using the NEC projectors, which are standard in the cinema industry, film school students can work on coloring their videos in a space that properly reflects how the image would look in a professional theater setting. These special projectors are a necessity for running Digital Cinema Package (DCP) files, which are how theatrical films are currently distributed nationwide. 

With the help of Student Tech Fee funds, the College of Motion Picture Arts can use this technology to save time and money that would have otherwise gone into outsourcing DCP files to other entities. Additionally, students can experience a hands-on approach to coloring their films professionally and accurately with ease. And having more time to work on projects in-house with true color accuracy leads to more student success in film festivals down the road. 

Working in color suites is not a new task for student cinematography specialist, Chris Violette. “It’s important for us to have that projector to take what we’ve done in color finishing and preview it on a big screen, in a theater, with the sound all put together,” says Violette. Since film is a medium that relies entirely on audio and video, being able to scrupulously edit projects with theater-quality visuals and sounds is a major benefit for these students. 

Post-production supervisor for the film school, Thomas Gast, is amazed at the convenience these projectors have offered the department, stating “On computers that you can buy anywhere, you can make the same type of files that huge motion pictures get delivered to all around the world”. 

If the excitement of these two cinematographers is any indication, this technology is certainly projecting students to new heights. 

About Student Technology Fee  

The Student Technology Fee—included in student tuition each semester—funds millions of dollars of instructional technology at FSU every year. The fee strategically divides funds among university colleges, central IT organizations and instructional technology proposals to support innovative and critical technology projects.